Gators start unranked in USA Today Coaches Poll

By Adam Silverstein
July 31, 2014

Coming off their first national tile in more than a decade, the Florida State Seminoles earned the No. 1 spot in the 2014 preseason USA Today Coaches’ Poll released Thursday, while the Florida Gators will enter the season unranked after finishing 27th with 122 total votes in the first poll of the 2014 campaign.

Despite opening the 2013 season at No. 10 in the poll, Florida finished with a 4-8 record, the program’s worst since it went winless in 1979. It is the first time since USA Today took over the coaches poll in 1991 that UF has been unranked in its preseason edition.

Florida State received 56 of 62 possible first-place votes with Alabama, Oklahoma (3), Oregon (1) and Auburn rounding out the top five. Ohio State (No. 6) and South Carolina (No. 9) each received a first-place vote.

Seven Southeastern Conference teams were ranked by the coaches this preseason – five in the top 15 – including Alabama (No. 2), Auburn (No. 5), South Carolina (No. 9), Georgia (No. 12), LSU (No. 13), Ole Miss (No. 19) and Texas A&M (No. 20).

Preseason 1-5: Florida State (56), Alabama, Oklahoma (3), Oregon (1), Auburn
6-10: Ohio State (1), UCLA, Michigan State, South Carolina (1), Baylor
11-15: Stanford, Georgia, LSU, Wisconsin, USC
16-20: Clemson, Notre Dame, Arizona State, Ole Miss, Texas A&M
21-25: Kansas State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Texas, Washington

Others Receiving Votes
Missouri 126; Florida 122; Central Florida 102; Mississippi State 74; Oklahoma State 56; TCU 54; Michigan 53; Iowa 49; Miami (Fla.) 45; Duke 41; Louisville 32; Marshall 27; Brigham Young 18; Boise State 13; Louisiana-Lafayette 12; Virginia Tech 12; Texas Tech 8; Minnesota 6; Cincinnati 6; Northwestern 5; Oregon State 4; Fresno State 4; Georgia Tech 2; Houston 2; Arkansas 1; Arizona 1; Northern Illinois 1.

Seven SEC coaches will be voting in the poll this season: Bret Bielema (Arkansas), Les Miles (LSU), Gary Pinkel (Missouri), Mark Richt (Georgia), Nick Saban (Alabama), Steve Spurrier (South Carolina), Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M). Bielema, Miles, Richt, Saban and Spurrier all voted in the poll in 2013, as well.

Coaches from six of UF’s 12 opponents will be voting: Miles, Pinkel, Richt, Saban, Spurrier, Jimbo Fisher (Florida State).

Familiar names also voting this year: Urban Meyer (Ohio State), Bob Stoops (Oklahoma), Charlie Strong (Texas), Dan McCarney (North Texas).


  1. Sharon Milner says:

    Not surprising but a bit depressing. I will be surprised if the Gators have a winning season. Hope I am wrong.

  2. Michael Jones says:

    I say we’ve got’em right where we want’em. Nowhere but up from here.

    GO GATORS!!!

  3. Rakkasan says:

    I think the coaches were being generous with UF. Fully expect Foley to be making a news conference after the Vandy game.

  4. LJ Vickery says:

    O ye of little faith Sharon!

    • Sharon Milner says:

      You are right. I need to think positively. I am actually going to a home game this year!(I live in Atlanta)

  5. Gatorgrad79 says:

    Wow, this is when I wish the SEC had voted to sell BEER in the stadiums!

  6. WGG says:

    Buck up people, its not over till we say its over. Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor! When the going gets tough, the tough get going….. you guys are pathetic! We’ll be no worse than 9-3, Will saves his job, and were back in biz.

  7. Dave Massey says:

    And where were the Gators ranked in the preseason last year? Something like fifth or sixth. Preseason rankings mean absolutely nothing. It’s what you do on the field that determines your ranking at the end of the year. Just a bunch of useless opinions at this time of year. The thing I don’t like about early rankings is that depending on who wins and loses you move up and down relative to where you started. If we go 3-0 to start the year where will we be ranked in comparison to the top five teams in the poll who are also 3-0. And we also had the 27th position. Not that many votes away from top 25. Meyer probably didn’t vote for us, so maybe that cost us a few spots, lol. Wonder where he put his own team. Another problem with the coaches poll, besides the fact that a lot of the coaches have somebody else in their program fill out the ballot, and most by their own admission don’t see very much of the teams they vote for. Seven SEC teams in the top twenty and ten in the top thirty. That is what is going to make it tough for Florida to have a good year. Not to mention FSU sitting at number one and playing another cupcake ACC schedule.

    • Michael Jones says:

      Dude, I like reading your stuff but I’m going to again 2nd Adam’s request that you use paragraphs. It all starts visually jumbling together when you try to read it, lol.

      Agree with you about preseason rankings. . they mean just a little less to me than early “verbal” commitments and decommitments. . . although I do think that, for the most part, the rankings stuff all washes out and they tend to get it right in the end.

      • Dave Massey says:

        Sorry about that bro. I just get to having my fingers flying over the keyboard and forget. The tip of my pinkie got bitten off in a football game and I have trouble hitting that enter key.

        I agree that they get the rankings right for the most part. I just don’t like the fact that it is difficult for teams to jump over some teams based on preseason rankings as the year goes on.

        With the Gators playing Alabama, Tennessee, LSU, Missouri, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida State, and two other SEC teams (a consensus top five rated schedule) if they do well that will be reflected in the rankings.
        It’s going to be interesting to see how much weight the selection committee gives to rankings when it comes time to pick the final four of football. I have a feeling they will be looking more at strength of schedule, power rankings, etc. like they do in basketball. I would prefer to see eight teams in the playoffs though. With four you know there is going or be controversy.

        One thing I never liked about the BCS is that they put too much emphasis on record first. If a team went undefeated in that system they were almost guaranteed to get the nod over a one loss team. The buck nuts from Ohio would have gotten in last year if they hadn’t lost the conference championship. The schedule they played was an absolute joke. We ended up with a great game instead. FSU would have slaughtered the Urbanators Bucknuts. It will be interesting to see if the committee gives the nod to a team that plays a much tougher schedule.

  8. Michael J. says:

    The Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? As for comparing UF at 3-0to other teams that are 3-0 this season, that is about the silliest thing I’ve heard You’d be hard pressed to find a group of three teams worse that what UF plays in the first three games. Let’s get real, UF doesn’t play a good team until the fourth game, only then will we have a clue if UF is a good team.

    • Animal House reference.

      • Michael J. says:

        Sorry, that went right past me. John Belushi was extremely funny. He could make you laugh without saying a word. I especially liked when he smashed the guitar from the same movie. On another note though, does anyone open up with three worse teams that UF next year?

WordPress Appliance - Powered by TurnKey Linux