AP rankings move Gators up to No. 11

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Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks gestures after the Gators scored a touchdown Saturday against Florida State at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]

Florida moved up two spots to No. 11 in the latest Associated Press college football rankings.

The Gators (9-3) are coming of a 41-14 win Saturday at Florida State. Florida had 536 offensive yards and reinforced its case for an at-large spot in a New Year’s Six bowl game.

“That’s hard for me to say because only 12 teams get to go do that,” Florida coach Dan Mullen said. “We’ve certainly put ourselves in the conversation as one of those teams.”

The next to the last College Football Playoff rankings, where the Gators are also No. 11, is Tuesday. The final one is next Sunday after Saturday’s conference title games.

Notes: Florida rushed for 200-plus yards for the eighth time this season Saturday. That matched its combined total from 2015-17. The Gators’ 2,762 yards rushing is the fourth-highest total since the start of 1990.

Florida also had 500 or more offensive yards for a third straight game, which also includes wins over South Carolina and Idaho to close the regular season.

AP Top 25

The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Nov. 24 total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:
Record Pts Pv
1. Alabama (61) 12-0 1525 1
2. Clemson 12-0 1458 2
3. Notre Dame 12-0 1409 3
4. Georgia 11-1 1336 5
5. Oklahoma 11-1 1266 6
6. Ohio St. 11-1 1229 10
7. UCF 11-0 1146 8
8. Michigan 10-2 1058 4
9. Texas 9-3 959 11
10. Washington 9-3 897 16
11. Florida 9-3 876 13
12. Washington St. 10-2 818 7
12. LSU 9-3 818 8
14. Penn St. 9-3 751 15
15. West Virginia 8-3 672 12
16. Kentucky 9-3 602 17
17. Utah 9-3 536 18
18. Syracuse 9-3 475 19
19. Boise St. 10-2 409 21
20. Mississippi St. 8-4 324 22
21. Northwestern 8-4 322 20
22. Texas A&M 8-4 283 NR
23. Army 9-2 169 23
24. Iowa St. 7-4 116 25
25. Fresno St. 10-2 102 NR

Others receiving votes: Utah St. 92, Missouri 88, NC State 39, Cincinnati 33, Stanford 10, Iowa 4, Appalachian St. 1, Buffalo 1, Oregon 1.

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  1. At this point in the season, you can argue forever about the rankings of teams with 2 or 3 losses. Even Ohio State and Oklahoma with only one loss aren’t set in stone. Oklahoma gave up 700 yards and 50+ points in their last game. LSU could make an argument to be the highest ranked 3 loss team, but does it really matter? Hopefully the extra practices we get for whatever Bowl game will pay off for the young guys getting ready for next year.

    • At this rate, UF may have played it’s way out of a potential matchup with UCF. If UCF wins out they are expected to go the Fiesta. The higher ranked at large between LSU and Florida is expected to go to Peach. So if LSU drops below Florida — as they should — there’s a good chance Florida and UCF miss each other.

      • Which is entirely OK, because any way you slice it we’ll draw a quality Power-5 opponent who should draw out our best game by then. Not that UCF isn’t a good team, they’re just not a Power-5 team with a week in – week out Power-5 schedule. Auburn would have beaten them last year but for a slight bit of “mis-underestimation” (to quote a former POTUS).

          • You got that right, CO — any of those would be a big game I’d be tickled with. We can beat any of those teams, and if we don’t for some reason, I think they would still be sorry they ever drew the Gators in whatever bowl it is. Man, I can’t wait ’till this recruiting season starts!