Gators No. 3 in final polls


Florida head coach Urban Meyer hoists the Allstate Sugar Bowl Trophy after defeating the Cincinnati Bearcats on Jan. 1.

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Published: Friday, January 8, 2010 at 12:23 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 8, 2010 at 12:23 p.m.

Florida did not reach its goal of winning back-to-back national championships this season, but the Gators continued what has been a remarkable run of recent success.

With their second consecutive 13-1 season, the Gators finished No. 3 in both The Associated Press and Coaches' final polls Friday.

Florida is the only school in the nation to finish in the top three in the AP poll in three of the last four seasons, and the first SEC school in 30 years to post three top three finishes in a four-year span. Only one other school in SEC history has done it.

Going back to his final year at Utah, Urban Meyer's teams have had four top-four finishes in the past six years in the AP poll.

Florida has finished in the top three of the final AP poll seven times in school history, three under Meyer. The Gators have finished in the top five in the AP poll in nine of the past 16 seasons.

In this season's final poll, UF is ranked third behind national champion Alabama and Texas, which fell to the Tide 37-21 Thursday night in the BCS Championship Game. The Gators' only loss came against the Tide in the SEC title game, 32-13. Florida rebounded with a 51-24 rout of undefeated Cincinnati in the Sugar Bowl.

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