Just three days after defeating the Miami (OH) Redhawks 34-12 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, FL, the Florida Gators fell three and four spots, respectively, in the latest USA Today and Associated Press Top 25 polls.
Ranked No. 3 in the USA Today Coaches’ poll going into the season, the Gators dropped three places and lost 115 voting points in the process. The AP voters had Florida ranked No. 4 in their preseason poll, but knocked them down four spots, taking away 172 points from their total.
Even though the Gators won their opener by 22 points, sloppy play as the result of over a dozen fumbled snaps and the inability to consistently move the ball on offense found them much criticism over the weekend. That, combined with the more refined play of some of their competitors, led to Florida’s fall in the rankings.
USA Today 1-10: Alabama (55), Ohio State (4), Boise State, Texas, TCU, Florida, Nebraska, Oregon, Iowa, Oklahoma
AP 1-10: Alabama (47), Ohio State (4), Boise State (8), TCU, Texas (1), Nebraska, Oregon, Florida, Iowa, Oklahoma
*Numbers in paranthesis represent first-place votes.