College football rankings: Florida Gators fall but remain top-ranked two-loss team in AP Top 25, Coaches Poll

By Adam Silverstein
October 3, 2021
College football rankings: Florida Gators fall but remain top-ranked two-loss team in AP Top 25, Coaches Poll
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Coming off an inexcusable loss on the road at Kentucky following a couple games that appeared to show the Florida Gators improving, the program fell from the top 10 in the latest set of college football rankings. Florida dropped 10 spots to No. 20 in the AP Top 25 and fell nine spots to No. 18 in the Coaches Poll.

With six different top-15 teams losing on Saturday, there was plenty of movement in the rankings, which likely saved the Gators from falling further or perhaps out of the field completely. Florida is nevertheless the top-ranked two-loss team and one of only two such programs in the polls at all with Clemson unranked (26th overall) and No. 25 in the AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll, respectively.

Alabama, the defending national champions remain the near-consensus No. 1 team in the nation. It received 58 of 62 first-place votes from the AP pollsters and 63 of 65 from the coaches. Georgia, Iowa, Penn State and Oklahoma round out the first five spots in the AP Top 25.

AP Top 25

1. Alabama (58)
2. Georgia (4)
3. Iowa
4. Penn State
5. Cincinnati
6. Oklahoma
7. Ohio State
8. Oregon
9. Michigan
10. BYU
11. Michigan State
12. Oklahoma State
13. Arkansas
14. Notre Dame
15. Coastal Carolina
16. Kentucky
17. Ole Miss
18. Auburn
19. Wake Forest
20. Florida
21. Texas
22. Arizona State
23. NC State
24. SMU
25. San Diego State

Coaches Poll

1. Alabama (63)
2. Georgia (2)
3. Iowa
4. Penn State
5. Oklahoma
6. Cincinnati
7. Ohio State
8. Michigan
9. Oregon
10. BYU
11. Michigan State
12. Oklahoma State
13. Notre Dame
14. Kentucky
15. Coastal Carolina
16. Arkansas
17. Ole Miss
18. Florida
19. Auburn
20. Wake Forest
21. Clemson
22. NC State
13. Texas
24. SMU
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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