Gators ranked No. 10 in preseason AP Top 25 poll

By Adam Silverstein
August 17, 2013

Capturing their second-straight national championship last season, the Alabama Crimson Tide earned the No. 1 spot in the 2013 preseason Associated Press Top 25 poll released Saturday morning, while the Florida Gators – ranked ninth in the final 2012 poll – dropped one position and checked in at No. 10 to start the season.

Florida, which was also voted into the No. 10 spot in the preseason USA Today Coaches’ Poll released Aug. 1, will open the season with its highest rankings (and start in the top 10 for the first time) since 2010 when the Gators were initially voted into the No. 3 (AP) and No. 4 (USA Today) spots in the polls.

Alabama received 58 of 60 possible first-place votes with Ohio State (1), Oregon, Stanford and Georgia (1) rounding out the top five.

Six total Southeastern Conference teams were ranked by AP voters this preseason – five in the top 10 – including South Carolina (No. 6), Texas A&M (No. 7) and LSU (No. 12). UF’s in-state rival Florida State debuted at No. 11.

The Gators, which finished 11-2 (7-1 SEC) in 2012, began the last two seasons ranked in the bottom of the top 25. Florida was listed at No. 23 in the first 2012 polls and started the 2011 campaign ranked No. 22 by AP voters and No. 23 by the coaches.

UF’s 2013 opponents in italics.

ASSOCIATED PRESS TOP 25
Preseason 1-5: Alabama (58), Ohio State (1), Oregon, Stanford, Georgia (1)
6-10: South Carolina, Texas A&M, Clemson, Louisville, Florida
11-15: Florida State, LSU, Oklahoma State, Notre Dame, Texas
16-20: Oklahoma, Michigan, Nebraska, Boise State, TCU
21-25: UCLA, Northwestern, Wisconsin, USC, Oregon State

USA TODAY COACHES’ POLL
Preseason 1-5: Alabama (58), Ohio State (3), Oregon, Stanford, Georgia
6-10: Texas A&M, South Carolina, Clemson, Louisville, Florida
11-15: Notre Dame, Florida State, LSU, Oklahoma State, Texas
16-20: Oklahoma, Michigan, Nebraska, Boise State, TCU
21-25: UCLA, Northwestern, Wisconsin, USC, Oregon State

4 Comments

  1. Michael Jones says:

    It ain’t where you start . . .

  2. Fernzpat says:

    Its Where You….

  3. Aaron says:

    Finish….

  4. Danthefan says:

    GO GATORS!!!

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