The (2009) Gators seemed poised for a long run as a superpower program. They won two national championships in a three-year span and produced 30 future NFL players from their 2008 roster alone, all while cementing Meyer’s place in the coaching pantheon.
The program was seemingly invincible. Then it was in disarray. Meyer resigned for good after the 2010 season. The Gators stumbled to a 29-21 record in four subsequent seasons under Will Muschamp, and they were picked by the media to finish fifth in the SEC East this season under first-year coach Jim McElwain.