Florida Gators still unranked in latest top 25 polls after win at Kentucky

By Adam Silverstein
September 20, 2015

The Ohio State Buckeyes remains the top-ranked team in the latest edition of both top 25 polls despite struggling on their way to a victory over Northern Illinois on Saturday.

The Florida Gators, on the other hand, are still unranked in both polls. Florida is currently in the 40th spot in the AP Top 25 (-8) and 34th spot in the Coaches’ Poll (+5).

The preseason polls marked the second time since 2003 that the Gators were been ranked by AP voters to open the season, and the second time since USA Today took over the Coaches Poll in 1991 that Florida was unranked in its preseason edition.

This edition of the AP Top 25 includes six SEC teams, down four from the league-high 10 that were in the rankings following the first week of the season.

AP Top 25
1-5: Ohio State (42), Michigan State (7), TCU / Ole Miss (11), Baylor
6-10: Notre Dame, Georgia, LSU (1), UCLA, Florida State
11-15: Clemson, Alabama, Oregon, Texas A&M, Oklahoma
16-20: Arizona, Northwestern, Utah, USC, Georgia Tech
21-25: Stanford, Wisconsin, BYU, Oklahoma State, Missouri

Others Receiving Votes Mississippi State 52, West Virginia 48, Tennessee 45, California 38, Toledo 36, Arizona State 25, Houston 22, Auburn 20, Temple 20, Texas Tech 20, Boise State 17, Miami 13, Iowa 10, Kansas State 8, Florida 7, NC State 5, Minnesota 4, Virginia Tech 4, Memphis 1

USA Today Coaches’ Poll
1-5: Ohio State (61), TCU, Michigan State (3), Baylor, Ole Miss
6-10: Georgia, Florida State, Notre Dame, LSU, Clemson,
11-15: UCLA, Alabama, Oregon, Oklahoma, Texas A&M
16-20: Arizona, Utah, USC, Northwestern, Georgia Tech
21-25: Wisconsin, Oklahoma State, Missouri, Stanford, Auburn

Others Receiving Votes: West Virginia 75; BYU 74; Miami 58; Tennessee 49; Kansas State 47; Mississippi State 46; Texas Tech 36; Arizona State 31; Florida 24; California 20; NC State 15; Temple 15; Iowa 13; Memphis 8; Boise State 8; Minnesota 6; Houston 4; Virginia Tech 4; Northern Illinois 3; Toledo 2; Boston College 1

Seven SEC coaches will be voting in the coaches’ poll this season: Gus Malzahn (Auburn), Les Miles (LSU), Gary Pinkel (Missouri), Mark Richt (Georgia), Nick Saban (Alabama), Steve Spurrier (South Carolina), Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M)

Miles, Richt, Saban and Spurrier all voted in 2013 and 2014 with Pinkel and Sumlin also voting in 2014.

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


  1. Tractorr says:

    Not surprising, they needed scoreboard style points to get into the top 25 and they didn’t get them. Plus, the perception of UK is that they are the UK of old even though they are much improved.

    • Iamtheeggman says:

      Why, exactly, is Kentucky much improved? It looks like South Carolina is truly dreadful this year, so Kentucky winning over them isn’t impressive. New Mexico State is, still, the worst team in the FBS and East Carolina? Navy didn’t struggle to beat them at home like UF did. They pretty much routed them. So, no, Kentucky is still a bad team and UF has yet to face a good team this year, and has struggled mightily. Tennessee is nothing special, they still have a mediocre quarterback, for instance. I’d pick Florida, but I’m concerned about how well UF can block Tennessee. In Particular, can the fat tub of goo, otherwise known as David Sharpe, actually block a speed rusher like Tennessee, and the other upcoming teams on the schedule will trot out? He looks like he’s powerful enough, if he can get his hands on you, but he looks awful slow, so him getting his hands on someone might be a problem that get’s your quarterback killed.

  2. 1974Gator says:

    Adam, Why is this considered news? Do we have that many novices reading OG?

  3. Michael Jones says:

    I am glad that you post the polls. Not sure why anyone would question a college sports website doing that. But it wouldn’t be the first weird comment I’ve read posted by my fellow readers.

    As for not being ranked, we shouldn’t be. We don’t deserve it at this point and, quite frankly, I like us flying under the radar for awhile as our youngsters continue to learn how to play college football. We don’t need the pressure or overconfidence that goes with being ranked right now.

    • Ryan D. says:

      +1 agree 100%

    • 1974Gator says:

      Posting something weird? Adam says he posts the information on OG (OnlyGators) for general purposes. If it’s being posted for general purposes why bother saying “Florida Gators still unranked in latest top 25 polls after win at Kentucky”?- that’s weird. It’s Adam’s site and he creates the copy. I simply have a different opinion. To me, us being unranked is a foregone conclusion, and not news, at this point of our development. It’s salt in the wound. Frankly, I resent that our program is unranked and don’t think OG needs to remind us about how far we still have to go. If we beat TN this Saturday and we do make the Top 25, that’s news! If we lose to Ole Miss the next week and drop out of the Top 25, that’s news. I’ve got ESPN and other similar on-line outlets to get the Top 25 rankings. I subscribe to OG for pertinent, in-depth Gator sports information.
      By the way, there’s no reason to be worried about overconfidence if we crack the Top 25. Top 25 is no big deal to a Gator. I feel being in the Top 25 would be good for our athletes and it would inspire them to play better and hopefully continue to climb the charts.

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