Florida Gators football sneaks into final top 25 polls of 2015 season

The Florida Gators (10-4) were embarrassed in three straight games to end the 2015 campaign, getting outscored a combined 97-24 in losses to Florida State (27-2), Alabama (29-15) and Michigan (41-7).

Still, the Gators somehow snuck into the very bottom of the Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today Coaches Poll when the final rankings were released early Tuesday morning following the Crimson Tide’s victory in the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship.

Florida continued its free fall, dropping six spots to No. 25 in the AP Top 25 and seven spots to No. 25 in the Coaches Poll. UF can hold its head high, however, as it remained ranked in the polls for the vast majority of the season after failing to sniff the poll in 2014.

Overall, the Gators were one of five SEC teams in the final AP Top 25, joining Alabama (1), Ole Miss (10), LSU (16) and Tennessee (22), all of which were 2015 opponents for UF. Michigan and Florida State, two other Florida opponents, checked in at No. 12 and No. 14, respectively.

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Florida Gators women’s basketball enters AP Top 25 for first time since 2009

Florida Gators women’s basketball bounced back from its 76-70 loss to ranked Mississippi State in a major way, earning an upset win over Tennessee (74-66) on Thursday before throttling Ole Miss (85-65) on Sunday.

At 14-2 with victories over two top-ranked opponents this season, Florida on Monday reentered the Associated Press Top 25 for the first time since 2009. The Gators checked in at No. 20, receiving 134 voting points over 18 ballots.

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Fastbreak: Two-faced Florida Gators fight for big 68-62 win over Ben Simmons-led LSU

No one can truly put a finger on the 2015-16 Florida Gators basketball team. In one week, it dominated an SEC road opener against its rival, got blown out while giving little-to-no effort against a middle-of-the-road team and then turned around and earned a wire-to-wire victory against the nation’s best player.

Florida completed its uneven week Saturday with a wild 68-62 win over the LSU Tigers in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida. OnlyGators.com breaks down Saturday’s victory and the week that was with seven quick-hitters:

It was over when: Florida redshirt sophomore center John Egbunu made a baby hook shot with 49 seconds left, helping mitigate a three-point play by LSU freshman forward Ben Simmons to push the Gators ahead by three. Egbunu preceded that short jumper with two made free throws and followed it with two more as he finished 5-for-10 from the line but made five of his last six attempts from the charity stripe. The Tigers did not score again as Simmons turned the ball over twice in the final 40 seconds.

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Gators topple Lady Vols, winning (a big) one for absent coach Amanda Butler

Thursday night in Knoxville, Tennessee, was what athletic director Jeremy Foley and head coach Amanda Butler hope is the culmination of a strong belief the former had that the latter could turn around the Florida Gators women’s basketball program despite not showing much proof that such a change in fortunes was on the horizon.

It was unfortunate that neither was there to see it.

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Florida Gators announce offseason surgery for six players, including Martez Ivey, Brandon Powell

The Florida Gators were blessed with top-notch health for much of the season but that deteriorated – as it often does – late in the 2015 campaign with multiple players sitting out both the 2015 SEC Championship Game and 2016 Citrus Bowl.

On Wednesday, Florida announced offseason surgery for six players – and actually provided details as to their injuries – though none appear to be serious enough to put statuses in question for next season.

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Florida’s Keanu Neal joins Vernon Hargreaves III as Gators DBs leaving early for 2016 NFL Draft

Florida Gators junior safety Keanu Neal announced Wednesday that he has decided to leave school early and declare for the 2016 NFL Draft.

“I’ve decided to forgo my senior year, and enter the 2016 NFL draft,” Neal wrote on his Instagram account. “This was honestly the hardest decision I’ve ever made, but prayer and family support helped me a lot.. I would like to thank all the coaches, advisors, family members, and friends who have stuck by me and helped me grow as a man. It’s time to take the next step in my life and attain my dream..

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Four-star DT Shavar Manuel commits to Florida

Four-star defensive tackle Shavar Manuel (Bradenton, FL), the No. 42 overall player in the Class of 2016, announced Tuesday that he has committed to the Florida Gators.

Manuel (6-foot-4, 290 pounds) chose Florida over Florida State, LSU and Alabama, among others after visiting the Gators twice this season, most recently on Nov. 28, 2015.

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LB Jeremi Powell leaving Florida Gators early

Junior linebacker Jeremi Powell has decided to leave the Florida Gators with a year of eligibility remaining in order to pursue “a future outside of the game,” according to a release from the program.

Florida notes that Powell is set to graduate in May.

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