Proud programs are in midst of downswing

Florida (5-3, 3-3 SEC)
Worst moment: Consecutive October home losses—to LSU and Mississippi State—for the first time under Urban Meyer

Easy fix: Get healthy. Top playmakers Jeff Demps and Andre Debose remain hobbled, and quarterback John Brantley has played with pain for at least a month.

A contender again: Right now. Wins over Vanderbilt and South Carolina the next two Saturdays will make the Gators SEC East champs.