Florida Gators end season ranked in the top 10

By Adam Silverstein
January 8, 2013

With Alabama staking claim to its third national title in the last four years on Monday night in Miami Gardens, FL, the only thing left to be determined for the 2012 season was how the final top 25 polls would shake out early Tuesday morning.

The Florida Gators, which entered the 2013 Sugar Bowl ranked No. 3 in the BCS and No. 4 in both the USA Today Coaches’ Poll and AP Top 25, were penalized severely for being upended by a Louisville Cardinals team listed in the bottom fifth of the rankings.

Florida checked in No. 10 in the final USA Today rankings, behind three other two-loss teams it defeated during 2012, and No. 9 in the last AP poll, one spot ahead of FSU.

For his team finishing in the top 10, Gators head coach Will Muschamp will receive a $50,000 bonus in addition to the $100,000 bonus he was already awarded for leading the team to a BCS bowl game berth.

Louisville subsequently finished No. 13 in both rankings, jumping up five spots in the former and nine in the latter.

Florida concluded the 2012 season with a 5-2 record against the top 25 teams in the nation. UF picked up victories over Texas A&M (No. 5/5), South Carolina (No. 7/8), Florida State (No. 8/10), LSU (No. 12/14) and Vanderbilt (No. 20/23) but fell to Georgia (No. 4/5) and Louisville (No. 13/13).

DateGator BaitTime/ScoreTV/Rec.
9/4FAUW 35-141-0
9/11at USFW 42-202-0
9/18AlabamaL 39-412-1
9/25TennesseeW 38-143-1
10/2at KentuckyL 13-203-2
10/9VanderbiltW 42-04-2
10/16at LSUL 42-494-3
10/30vs. Georgia
L 7-344-4
11/6at South CarolinaL 17-404-5
11/13SamfordW 70-525-5
11/20at MissouriL(OT) 23-245-6
11/27Florida StateW 24-216-6
12/23vs. UCF
L 17-296-7

[EXPAND CLICK TO EXPAND and check out the final top 25 polls of the 2012 season.]USA TODAY COACHES POLL
This Week 1-5: Alabama (56), Oregon, Notre Dame, Georgia, Texas A&M
6-10: Stanford, South Carolina, Florida State, Clemson, Florida
11-15: Kansas State, LSU, Louisville, Boise State, Oklahoma
16-20: Northwestern, Utah State, Texas, Oregon State, Vanderbilt
21-25: San Jose State, Cincinnati, Nebraska, Northern Illinois, Tulsa

Last Week 1-5: Notre Dame (56), Alabama (3), Oregon, Florida, Georgia
6-10: Kansas State, LSU, Stanford, Texas A&M, South Carolina
11-15: Oklahoma, Florida State, Clemson, Oregon State, Boise State
16-20: Northern Illinois, Northwestern, Louisville, UCLA, Utah State
21-25: Nebraska, Michigan, Wisconsin, San Jose State, Texas

This Week 1-5: Alabama (59), Oregon, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Georgia/Texas A&M
7-10: Stanford, South Carolina, Florida, Florida State
11-15: Clemson, Kansas State, Louisville, LSU, Oklahoma
16-20: Utah State, Northwestern, Boise State, Texas, Oregon State
21-25: San Jose State, Northern Illinois, Vanderbilt, Michigan, Nebraska

Last Week 1-5: Notre Dame (60), Alabama, Ohio State, Florida, Oregon
6-10: Georgia, Kansas State, Stanford, LSU, Texas A&M
11-15: South Carolina, Oklahoma, Florida State, Clemson, Oregon State
16-20: Northern Illinois, UCLA, Utah State, Michigan, Boise State
21-25: Northwestern, Louisville, Nebraska, San Jose State, Kent State

* Numbers in parenthesis represent first-place votes.[/EXPAND]


  1. Joe says:

    And yet 3 teams that we beat finished ahead of us in the Coaches Poll.

  2. cline says:

    All in all this year was a good year for Gator Football. Most people will only remember the UGA game and Bowl Game, but overall 11-2 is fine with me.


  3. Aligator says:

    I think this is right where we are and I for one thought we may win maybe 9 games and finish in the top 25? Good Year 2 and another great fall of reporting Adam!

  4. Two teams the Gators beat (Texas A&M and South Carolina) ended up ranked ahead of them. What a shame. Wait ’til next year. Georgia, LSU and South Carolina are going to be tough. But then, no one gave us a chance to win 9 games this year.

  5. Alex says:

    Can’t get butchered by a Big East team on national television and expect to be ranked a head of those teams. Texas AM best bama.

  6. Uf_84 says:

    We were obviously way over ranked at number 3. Lets face it, the third best team in the country doesn’t get slapped around and beat down by a 9 and 3 big east team. The voters were kind to put us at # 10. I sure am glad Charlie Strong didn’t take the Tennessee job.

  7. Ken (CA) says:

    ND should have dropped much further than they did, any team in the top 10 would beat them almost as easily as bama did. Especially the SEC teams. I would say UF is over ranked except they beat so many really good teams this year, their resume qualifies, but 12-0 against the lack of competition ND had is sad that they got to Miami, let alone only dropping only to #4

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