Florida Gators back in College Football Playoff Rankings, move up in AP Top 25, down in Coaches Poll

By Adam Silverstein
November 16, 2016
Florida Gators back in College Football Playoff Rankings, move up in AP Top 25, down in Coaches Poll
Football

Image Credit: ESPNI

The third release of the 2016 College Football Playoff Rankings was announced on Tuesday with the SEC East-leading Florida Gators jumping back in at No. 23 after falling out last week and two weeks after debuting at No. 11.

Three-loss LSU, which Florida will face on Saturday, moved up eight spots to No. 16, while Tennessee reentered at No. 19, giving the Gators a “good” loss from earlier in the season.

Let’s take a look at the top 25.

1. Alabama (10-0)
2. Ohio State (9-1)
3. Michigan (9-1)
4. Clemson (9-1)
5. Louisville (9-1)
6. Washington (9-1)
7. Wisconsin (8-2)
8. Penn State (8-2)
9. Oklahoma (8-2)
10. Colorado (8-2)
11. Oklahoma State (8-2)
12. Utah (8-2)
13. USC (7-3)
14. West Virginia (8-1)
15. Auburn (7-3)
16. LSU (6-3)
17. Florida State (7-3)

18. Nebraska (8-2)
19. Tennessee (7-3)
20. Boise State (9-1)
21. Western Michigan (10-0)
22. Washington State (8-2)
23. Florida (7-2)
24. Stanford (7-3)
25. Texas A&M (7-3)

This is the right spot for the Gators, which have proven little offensively but remain atop the SEC East and have put together some dominant defensive performances this season. Florida still doesn’t have a “good” win on the season, but it has ample opportunity for that over the next two weeks.

All that matters for the Gators is winning out. Florida being so low with three weeks left in the regular season makes the CFP an extreme long shot, but if UF did somehow run the table … well, it would be a miracle that probably gets it in the playoff.

Florida either needs a win over LSU or a Tennessee loss vs. Missouri or at Vanderbilt over the next two weeks in order to return to the SEC Championship Game.

On Sunday, the Gators checked in at No. 21 in the AP Top 25 (down one spot) and No. 18 in the Coaches Poll (down two spots). Florida has 435 points (+45) in the former and 538 points (+52) in the latter.

Now let’s take a look at the AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll from Sunday.

AP Top 25
1. Alabama
2. Ohio State
3. Louisville
4. Michigan
5. Clemson
6. Wisconsin
7. Washington
8. Oklahoma
9. Penn State
10. West Virginia
11. Utah
12. Colorado
13. Oklahoma State
14. Western Michigan
15. USC
16. LSU
17. Florida State

18. Auburn
19. Nebraska
20. Washington State
21. Florida
22. Boise State
23. Texas A&M
24. San Diego State
25. Troy

Coaches Poll
1. Alabama
2. Ohio State
3. Louisville
4. Michigan
5. Clemson
6. Wisconsin
7. Washington
8. Oklahoma
9. West Virginia
10. Penn State
11. Utah
12. Colorado
13. Oklahoma State
14. LSU
15. Florida State

16. Auburn
17. Nebraska
18. Florida
19. USC
20. Washington State
21. Western Michigan
22. Texas A&M
23. Boise State
24. North Carolina
25. San Diego State

Join The
Discussion

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

Top