Florida Gators ranked in preseason AP Top 25 for first time since 2013

By Adam Silverstein
August 21, 2016
Florida Gators ranked in preseason AP Top 25 for first time since 2013
Football

Image Credit: ESPNI

Coming off their latest national title, Alabama has now been named a unanimous No. 1 in the major 2016 preseason polls, including the AP Top 25 released Sunday.

The Florida Gators enter the season ranked unanimously for the first time since 2013 with Florida checking in at No. 25 in both the newly released AP Top 25 and the Coaches Poll. It is the first time UF has been ranked in either preseason poll since 2013.

The Gators received 180 votes and are the last of five Southeastern Conference teams ranked in the AP Top 25. This comes after Florida was unranked in back-to-back polls from 2014-15, the first time that had happened since 2003.

Alabama received 33 of 61 possible first-place votes with Clemson (16), Oklahoma (4), Florida State (5) and LSU (1) rounding out the top five with Ohio State (1) and Michigan (1) also receiving a first-place vote.

The five Southeastern Conference teams ranked in the AP Top 25 — four in the top 11 — include Alabama, LSU, Tennessee (No. 9), Ole Miss (No. 11) and Georgia (No. 18).

Florida will face four teams ranked in the preseason top 25, including FSU.

1. Alabama (33)
2. Clemson (16)
3. Oklahoma (4)
4. Florida State (5)
5. LSU (1)

6. Ohio State (1)
7. Michigan (1)
8. Stanford
9. Tennessee
10. Notre Dame
11. Ole Miss
12. Michigan State
13. TCU
14. Washington
15. Houston
16. UCLA
17. Iowa
18. Georgia
19. Louisville
20. USC
21. Oklahoma State
22. North Carolina
23. Baylor
24. Oregon
25. Florida

Coaches Poll
1. Alabama (55)
2. Clemson (7)
3. Oklahoma
4. Florida State (1)
5. Ohio State
6. LSU
7. Stanford
8. Michigan
9. Notre Dame
10. Tennenssee (1)
11. Michigan State
12. Ole Miss
13. Houston
14. TCU
15. Iowa
16. Georgia
17. USC
18. Washington
19. Oklahoma State
20. North Carolina
21. Baylor
22. Oregon
23. Louisville
24. UCLA
25. Florida

Seven SEC coaches will be voting in the Coaches Poll this season: Bret Bielema (Arkansas), Gus Malzahn (Auburn), Derek Mason (Vanderbilt), Dan Mullen (Mississippi State), Nick Saban (Alabama), Kirby Smart (Georgia) and Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M). Malzahn, Saban and Sumlin all voted in 2015. Saban has been a voter since 2013, while Sumlin began in 2014.

For the second straight year, UF will see coaches from five of its 12 opponents voting in the poll: Bielema, Mason, Smart, Jimbo Fisher (Florida State) and Seth Littrell (North Texas). Urban Meyer (Ohio State) is also a voter.

One Comment

  1. Mark says:

    FSU, LSU, UT, UGA = 4

Join The
Discussion

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Top