College football rankings: Florida Gators up to No. 5 in AP Top 25 poll after Week 2

By Adam Silverstein
September 13, 2020
College football rankings: Florida Gators up to No. 5 in AP Top 25 poll after Week 2
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Though the Florida Gators will not take the field until Sept. 26, the first regular-season edition of college football rankings for the 2020 campaign were released Sunday following Week 2 action. With Big Ten and Pac-12 teams removed from the rankings, Florida got a boost in its standing despite not playing a game.

The Gators are now the No. 5 team in the AP Top 25, cracking the top five for the first time since 2012. They are also the No. 6 team in the Coaches Poll, up three and two spots (respectively) from their No. 8 preseason rankings. However, Florida is still the third-ranked SEC team behind Alabama and Georgia; it is ahead of LSU in the AP Top 25 and behind it in the Coaches Poll.

Clemson remains the unanimous No. 1 team in the nation with Bama shifting up to the No. 2 spot. In-state rival Florida State may have been ranked if not for being upset at home by Georgia Tech, while Miami entered the rankings despite only beating UAB. Texas A&M, Tennessee and Kentucky are also in the polls, giving UF five games against teams currently ranked in the top 25.

After taking down Iowa State on Saturday, Louisiana entered the AP Top 25 for the first time since 1943; the Ragin’ Cajuns had been unranked in 1,109 consecutive polls since.

Let’s take a look at the latest sets of college football rankings.

AP Top 25

1. Clemson (60)
2. Alabama
3. Oklahoma
4. Georgia
5. Florida 
6. LSU (1)
7. Notre Dame
8. Auburn
9. Texas
10. Texas A&M
11. Oklahoma State
12. North Carolina
13. Cincinnati
14. UCF
15. Tennessee
16. Memphis
17. Miami
18. Louisville
19. Louisiana
20. Virginia Tech
21. BYU
22. Army West Point
23. Kentucky
24. Appalachian State
25. Pittsburgh

Coaches Poll

1. Clemson (37)
2. Alabama (1)
3. Oklahoma
4. Georgia
5. LSU (3)
6. Florida
7. Notre Dame
8. Texas
9. Auburn
10. Texas A&M
11. North Carolina
12. Oklahoma State
13. UCF
14. Cincinnati
15. Memphis
16. Louisville
17. Tennessee
18. Miami
19. Virginia Tech
20. Kentucky
21. Louisiana
22. BYU
23. Appalachian State
24. Baylor
25. Army West Point

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