Florida football countdown


Published: Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 12:13 a.m.

41 … Number of times the Gators have been ranked No. 1.

Florida is second in the SEC all-time in being ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press polls, trailing only Alabama.

The first time the Gators were ranked at the top was in 1985 after the Gators won at Auburn. It lasted only one week as Florida lost to Georgia in Jacksonville.

It took the arrival of Steve Spurrier for Florida to be ranked No. 1 again and it happened in the preseason poll in 1994. Florida won its opener and dropped to No. 2, but the Gators returned to No. 1 the next week and stayed there until a loss to Auburn in week seven.

Florida’s longest streak at No. 1 came in 1996 when Spurrier’s team was ranked at the top for 10 weeks before a loss to FSU knocked them out of the No. 1 ranking. Of course, three Florida teams were ranked No. 1 when it counted most — in the final polls in 1996, 2006 and 2008.

Florida’s longest streak in the top five came from the preseason in 1995 to week seven in 1997, a run of 43 straight polls. In the top 10, the longest streak is 82 straight polls and in the top 25, 210 straight polls.

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