GatorNation links: Contending again?

Michael DiRocco writes: A defense full of returning starters coupled with a buzzworthy new Brent Pease offense have the Gators looking up after a dismal few seasons, and Will Muschamp knows that nothing less than a December game in the Georgia Dome will be enough.

Derek Tyson writesInsider: With nine teams in the top 25 of the 2013 recruiting class rankings, including Florida, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and LSU all sitting in the top 10, SEC schools are making their presence felt on the recruiting trail. Scary thing? They’re not done yet.

DiRocco writes: Florida might not have end/linebacker Ronald Powell for another month or so as he continues his rehab from a torn left anterior cruciate ligament, but defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is still encouraged that the Gators' pass rush will improve.