College football rankings: Florida Gators hold at No. 13 in AP Top 25, up to No. 9 in Coaches Poll

By Adam Silverstein
September 7, 2021
College football rankings: Florida Gators hold at No. 13 in AP Top 25, up to No. 9 in Coaches Poll
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Coming off a dominant but unimpressive 35-14 win over FAU in Week 1, the Florida Gators have inched up in the latest set of college football rankings. While Florida held firm at No. 13 in the AP Top 25, it moved up two spots to No. 9 in the Coaches Poll.

UF was jumped in the AP Top 25 by Iowa and Penn State; otherwise, it would have moved up two spots like it did in the Coaches Poll.

The Gators were not ranked among the top 25 teams in the 2018 preseason poll but have been ranked among the top 15 in three consecutive preseason and postseason polls under head coach Dan Mullen. Florida was No. 13/11 entering the 2021 season.

Alabama, the defending national champions, opened the season with a dominant 44-13 win over Miami in Atlanta. That only further solidified the Crimson Tide as the No. 1 team in the nation. They received all 59 first-place votes from the AP pollsters and 64 of 65 from the coaches. Georgia, following its big Week 1 win over Clemson, is second with Oklahoma, Ohio State and Texas A&M rounding out the new top five.

AP Top 25

1. Alabama (59)
2. Georgia
3. Ohio State
4. Oklahoma
5. Texas A&M
6. Clemson
7. Cincinnati
8. Notre Dame
9. Iowa State
10. Iowa
11. Penn State
12. Oregon
13. Florida
14. USC
15. Texas
16. UCLA
17. Coastal Carolina
18. Wisconsin
19. Virginia Tech
20. Ole Miss
21. Utah
22. Miami
23. Arizona State
24. North Carolina
25. Auburn

Coaches Poll

1. Alabama (64)
2. Georgia (1)
3. Ohio State
4. Oklahoma
5. Texas A&M
6. Clemson
7. Notre Dame
8. Cincinnati
9. Florida
10. Iowa State
11. Oregon
12. Iowa
13. Penn State
14. USC
15. Texas
16. UCLA
17. Wisconsin
18. Utah
19. Coastal Carolina
20. Ole Miss
21. Virginia Tech
22. North Carolina
23. Oklahoma State
24. Miami
25. Arizona State

For the first time in years, the Gators are represented on the voting panel with head coach Dan Mullen contributing as one of 65 coaches submitting votes. Others with State of Florida or SEC ties include Manny Diaz of Miami, Bryan Harsin of Auburn, Clark Lea of Vanderbilt, Gus Malzahn of UCF, Sam Pittman of Arkansas, Nick Saban of Alabama and Kirby Smart of Georgia.

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