Florida moved up two spots to No. 9 in the College Football Playoff rankings Tuesday, all but assuring a spot in a New Year’s Six bowl game.
The Gators (9-3) will learn their bowl destination Sunday and hope to play in a New Year’s Six bowl for the first time since the conclusion of the 2012 season, when they faced Louisville in the Sugar Bowl.
“If teams we expect to win do win (this weekend), Florida is in the Peach (bowl). If UCF loses, chance Gators go to Fiesta. If Georgia beats Alabama, Florida goes to Sugar,” Sun sports columnist Pat Dooley said after talking to sources.
Florida debuted at No. 11 in the College Football Playoff Rankings, but fell to No. 15 after its 38-17 loss to the Missouri Tigers three weeks ago. Two weeks ago, Florida bumped up to No. 13 after its come-from-behind victory over South Carolina and the Gators moved up to No. 11 after its thrashing of Idaho.
2018 College Football Playoff Rankings
|3. Notre Dame||12-0|
|6. Ohio St.||11-1|
|12. Penn St.||9-3|
|13. Washington St.||10-2|
|16. West Virginia||8-3|
|18. Mississippi St.||8-4|
|19. Texas A&M||8-4|
|22. Boise St.||10-2|
|23. Iowa St.||7-4|
|25. Fresno St.||10-2|
The playoff semifinals match the No. 1 seed vs. the No. 4 seed, and No. 2 will face No. 3. The semifinals will be hosted at the Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl on Dec. 29. The championship game will be played on Jan. 7, 2019 at Santa Clara, Calif.