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Florida coach Jim McElwain is looking to lead the Gators to the College Football Playoff in 2017.

ESPN’s Phil Steele: Florida Gators a dark horse for the College Football Playoff

Welcome to another installment of Good Morning, Gators, SEC Country’s daily morning column covering Florida athletics with beat writer Jordan McPherson. Here’s a look at what you might have missed Tuesday.

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Phil Steele optimistic about Florida football

ESPN analyst Phil Steele released his best early college football over/under bets Tuesday for the upcoming season.

Florida, which is pegged for eight wins in 2017, made the list. Steele’s message: Take the over.

“Florida is my No. 1 surprise team this year in my magazine as a non-top-10 team that I think will contend for a College Football Playoff spot. The Gators have their usual solid defense and my No. 3-rated special teams, and they will also have their best offense in over five seasons.”

Jarrad Davis a newcomer to watch

NFL.com’s Kevin Patra is breaking down a division a day as the NFL prepares for training camp season to begin. On Tuesday, he broke down the NFC North, and pegged former Florida linebacker Jarrad Davis as the newcomer to watch from the Detroit Lions. His explanation:

“The Lions owned the worst linebacking unit in the NFL last season. Enter Davis. The first-round pick out of Florida is slated to start immediately in the middle of Detroit’s defense. Davis was already calling the Lions’ defensive alignments during offseason workouts. His progress through camp and the preseason will be worth watching for a Detroit defense sorely needing the tackling and athleticism he can provide.”

Watch List season continues

Florida center T.J. McCoy was added to the Wuerffel Trophy watch list Tuesday, which his his second national award watch list of the offseason. McCoy is also on the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, given annually to the nation’s best center.

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