College football rankings: Florida Gators fall back but remain in AP Top 25, Coaches Poll after Week 2

By OnlyGators.com Staff
September 11, 2022
College football rankings: Florida Gators fall back but remain in AP Top 25, Coaches Poll after Week 2
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Coming off one of most notable season-opening wins in program history, the Florida Gators looked poised to start the Billy Napier era with consecutive home wins over ranked opponents. As upsets flooded in across Week 2, it appeared as if Florida may not just rise in the college football rankings but potentially enter the top 10.

Suddenly, a Gators team that was on the tip of the nation’s tongue just seven days earlier after beating Utah found itself looking for answers following a disastrous 26-16 loss to Kentucky. The result? A slide for Florida down the AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll when the new rankings were released Sunday.

UF dropped six spots in the AP Top 25 to sit at No. 18, though that’s still 20 slots higher than it stood when it entered the season as the 38th overall team receiving votes. Florida also slid two spots to No. 21 in the Coaches Poll as it was more appropriately ranked lower in that set of rankings. Again, it is still 16 places higher than it was entering the season as the 37th overall team receiving votes.

The good news for the Gators is that both of their opponents to this point are receiving plenty of love from voters across both sets of rankings. The Wildcats are now No. 9/No. 10 in the respective polls with the Utes sitting at No. 14/15. Whether Utah should be ahead of Florida given the head-to-head result is another conversation altogether.

Georgia usurped Alabama for the No. 1 spot in the AP Top 25, but the Crimson Tide held onto the top slot in the Coaches Poll. Ohio State, Michigan and Clemson round out the top five in both sets of rankings. Tennessee, which hosts UF in two weeks, sits at No. 15/16. If the Volunteers can hold onto their ranking, they will be the third top-20 team the Gators face in four weeks to start the season.

AP Top 25

1. Georgia (53)
2. Alabama (9)
3. Ohio State (1)
4. Michigan
5. Clemson
6. Oklahoma
7. USC
8. Oklahoma State
9. Kentucky
10. Arkansas
11. Michigan State
12. BYU
13. Miami (FL)
14. Utah
15. Tennessee
16. NC State
17. Baylor
18. Florida
19. Wake Forest
20. Ole Miss
21. Texas
22. Penn State
23. Pittsburgh
24. Texas A&M
25. Oregon

Coaches Poll

1. Alabama (39)
2. Georgia (25)
3. Ohio State (1) 4. Clemson
5. Michigan
6. Oklahoma
7. Oklahoma State
8. USC
9. Michigan State
10. Kentucky
11. Arkansas
12. NC State
13. Miami (FL)
14. BYU
15. Utah
16. Tennessee
17. Ole Miss
18. Wake Forest
19. Baylor
20. Texas
21. Florida
22. Texas A&M
23. Penn State
24. Oregon
25. Pittsburgh

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