College football rankings: Florida opens 2019 in top 10 of Preseason Coaches Poll

By Adam Silverstein
August 1, 2019
College football rankings: Florida opens 2019 in top 10 of Preseason Coaches Poll

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Coming off a tremendous finish to its first campaign under head coach Dan Mullen, the Florida Gators have returned to the top 10 of the Preseason Coaches Poll, checking in as the No. 8 team in the nation when the top 25 rankings were released on Thursday. Florida finished the 2018 season ranked No. 6 in the poll.

The Gators were not ranked among the top 25 teams in the 2018 preseason poll and have not been a top-10 ranked team in the preseason since 2013.

Florida finished 10-3 (5-3 SEC) last season, winning its final four games, including its last three by a combined score of 145-39.

Clemson will open the season as the No. 1 team in the nation, receiving 59 of 65 first-place votes from the coaches. Alabama (six votes) checks in at No. 2 as fellow SEC schools Georgia and LSU sit ahead of UF. There are six SEC teams ranked among the top 25 (all inside the top 16). Neither Florida State nor Miami are ranked, though UCF checks in T17. The Gators and Hurricanes will open the 2019 season in Week Zero on Saturday, Aug. 24 in Orlando, Florida.

Check out the complete preseason Coaches Poll below.

1. Clemson (59)
2. Alabama (6)
3. Georgia
4. Oklahoma
5. Ohio State
6. LSU
7. Michigan
8. Florida
9. Notre Dame
10. Texas
11. Texas A&M
12. Washington
13. Oregon
14. Penn State
15. Utah
16. Auburn
T17. Wisconsin
T17. UCF
19. Iowa
20. Michigan State
21. Washington State
22. Syracuse
23. Stanford
24. Iowa State
25. Northwestern

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