Florida Gators down four spots to No. 12 in College Football Playoff Rankings

The fourth edition of the College Football Playoff Rankings were released Tuesday night, and the Florida Gators found themselves at No. 12 in the rankings, down four spots from a week ago despite improving to 10-1 with a 20-14 win against Florida Atlantic.

Florida opened at No. 10 three weeks ago before falling a spot to No. 11 after a close 9-1 win over Vanderbilt. After beating South Carolina, UF moved up three spots to No. 8.

Now, the Gators are not only the eighth one-loss team ranked, it is also slotted behind a pair of two-loss teams in Stanford (No. 9) and Michgian (No. 10).

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Florida Gators up to No. 8 in new College Football Playoff Rankings

The third edition of the College Football Playoff Rankings were released Tuesday night, and the Florida Gators found themselves at No. 8 in the rankings, up three spots from a week ago after their 24-14 win at South Carolina.

Florida opened at No. 10 three weeks ago before falling a spot to No. 11 after a close 9-7 win over Vanderbilt. Now the Gators are the fourth-ranked one-loss team in the top 25, behind Alabama, Notre Dame and Oklahoma. Though Florida has a better loss (LSU vs. Texas) and a tougher schedule than OU, UF is ranked one spot behind what is considered one of the hottest teams in the nation.

Here’s the new CFP Rankings:

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Florida Gators knocking off goals but still fighting lack of national respect

How can the No. 8 team in the nation be considered disrespected? When it plays in the Southeastern Conference and had its lone loss of the year come via a fake field goal touchdown on the road in one of the toughest environments in college football.

The Florida Gators checked in at No. 11 in last week’s College Football Playoff Rankings, one spot down from where they started. They were the sixth-ranked one-loss team, nine spots behind Alabama despite the fact that each team beat the opponent that defeated the other this season. Also ahead of UF was Notre Dame (lost to the top team in the nation), Stanford (given a “body clock” excuse for its season-opening loss to Northwestern), LSU (fell to Alabama) and Utah (lost to unranked USC). It’s not that some of those teams were ranked a couple spots ahead of Florida that makes this a legitimate point … it’s that all were ranked ahead of the Gators with the Crimson Tide so far in front due to perceived “better wins” for Alabama.

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Updates: Prep good but Florida Gators offense must improve against tough Vandy defense

No. 10 Florida Gators football (7-1, 5-1 SEC) is not taking the SEC East rival Vanderbilt Commodores (3-5, 1-3 SEC) lightly while preparing for a pivotal showdown at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday at 12 p.m. With a victory over Vanderbilt, Florida would clinch the division title for the first time since 2009 and advance to the SEC Championship Game, where it would hope to win a league crown for the first time since 2008.

Head coach Jim McElwain met with the media Wednesday to provide some updates on his team through the week’s midway point. Unlike last week (you know, when UF wound up routing Georgia 27-3), he was pleased with the Gators’ preparation for the Commodores and provided some positive injury updates ahead of the division showdown.

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Florida football confident, motivated in Vanderbilt prep; Gators enter first playoff rankings at No. 10

If the No. 10 Florida Gators are actually going to go to Atlanta and play in the SEC Championship Game, well, they still need one more victory. That can come Saturday afternoon against a Vanderbilt Commodores team that may not have a winning record but is certainly playing better football – especially defensively – than it is given credit for playing.

Florida head coach Jim McElwain is well aware of that, which is why his message to his team this week is all about concentrating on Vanderbilt and not worrying how things are going to play out after that.

“We’ve got a lot ahead of us. No, we aren’t looking towards Atlanta, because if we do, we won’t get there,” the coach explained. “What we’ve got to do is we’ve got to look forward to today. Now, whether we do it or not? I don’t know. I don’t know if we’re mature enough. I don’t know if we understand the position we put ourselves in.”

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Former Florida Gators praise Urban Meyer after Ohio State’s CFP National Championship win

Five years after leaving the Florida Gators, head coach Urban Meyer led Ohio State to a 42-20 win over Oregon in the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship.

A number of former Florida players were following along throughout the night on Twitter and shared their thoughts – and congratulations – for Meyer after the contest.

The national title is the third in Meyer’s career, all of which have come in the last nine seasons. He helped lead the Gators to the 2007 BCS Championship and 2009 BCS Championship before leaving Florida for good following the 2010 season.

Check out all of the tweets…after the break.
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McElwain counting on Nussmeier to help bring championship-caliber offense back to Florida

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With the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship set for Monday night, there is one quality that No. 2 Oregon and No. 4 Ohio State have shared all season: explosive offenses.

The Ducks rank second nationally, averaging 47.2 points per game, while the Buckeyes pace just behind their opponent at fifth in the country at 45.0 points per game. The last time the Florida Gators won a national title, they averaged 43.6 points per game, a figure Florida has not come close to hitting in the six seasons since.

The fourth offensive coordinator tasked with turning around the Gators’ offense since 2011, Doug Nussmeier will not be at this alone as head coach Jim McElwain was hired due in large part to his offensive success. McElwain pegged Nussmeier as his offensive coordinator from the beginning, though it did take awhile to make the deal official.

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FOUR BITS: Playoff, Brissett, Tebow, Webb

1 » FOXSports.com college football columnist Bruce Feldman believes the Florida Gators face the third-toughest road to the 2014 College Football Playoff, only behind Arkansas and California. With Alabama, LSU, Missouri, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida State on the schedule – plus a rebuilding Tennessee and improving Kentucky along with a Vanderbilt team that snapped its 22-year losing streak to UF – Feldman believes the Gators will wind up facing up to five top 15 opponents by the time the regular season has concluded. As a means of comparison, the Razorbacks will take on Auburn, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Alabama, Georgia, Missouri and LSU with games against Ole Miss and Mississippi State peppered in there as well.

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