College football rankings: Florida Gators hold in AP Top 25, inch up in Coaches Poll

By Adam Silverstein
October 18, 2020
College football rankings: Florida Gators hold in AP Top 25, inch up in Coaches Poll
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Week 7 of the 2020 college football season became an unexpected bye for the Florida Gators, which will miss consecutive weeks of action amid a COVID-19 outbreak within the program. At least 21 players and three coaches tested positive this week with at least 10 other players quarantined due to contact tracing. However, while the Gators are unable to play, that does not mean the rest of the college football world stops. After dropping in last week’s top 25 rankings following a loss to Texas A&M, there was nothing for Florida to do but wait and see how pollsters would respond to this week’s action.

The Gators held at No. 10 in the AP Top 25 with Texas A&M finally jumping ahead of it; the Aggies were behind Florida in both polls despite beating it head-to-head. They remained in back of UF in the Coaches Poll as the Gators moved up one spot to No. 8.

Clemson held as the unanimous No. 1 team in the nation with Alabama firmly in the No. 2 spot, gaining ground in both rankings. Notre Dame jumped Georgia to become the unanimous No. 3 team, as UGA stuck at No. 4 ahead of No. 5 Ohio State, which opens its season this coming Saturday.

With LSU and Tennessee dropping out of the AP Top 25, suddenly Florida only has one game left against a top 25 opponent this season down from five earlier this year when LSU, UT and Kentucky were ranked.

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

AP Top 25

1. Clemson (54)
2. Alabama (8)
3. Notre Dame
4. Georgia
5. Ohio State
6. Oklahoma State
7. Texas A&M
8. Penn State
9. Cincinnati
10. Florida
11. Miami
12. BYU
13. Oregon
14. North Carolina
14. Wisconsin
16. SMU
17. Iowa State
18. Michigan
19. Virginia Tech
20. Kansas State
21. Minnesota
22. Marshall
23. NC State
24. USC
25. Coastal Carolina

Coaches Poll

1. Clemson (42)
2. Alabama (8)
3. Notre Dame
4. Georgia
5. Ohio State
6. Oklahoma State
7. Penn State
8. Florida
9. Texas A&M
10. Cincinnati
11. Miami
11. BYU
13. North Carolina
14. Wisconsin
15. Oregon
16. SMU
17. Michigan
18. Iowa State
19. Kansas State
20. Virginia Tech
21. Minnesota
22. NC State
23. USC
24. Coastal Carolina
25. Marshall

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