Gators ranked No. 6 in final AP poll

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Florida coach Dan Mullen watches during the first half of the Orange Bowl against Virginia in Miami Gardens. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

An 11-2 record and another New Year’s Six bowl win helped Florida produce a No. 6 ranking in the final Associated Press college football poll released Tuesday morning.

LSU finished No. 1 in the AP Top 25 for the third time in school history, with Clemson No. 2 and Ohio State No. 3.

The Tigers (15-0) beat Clemson 42-25 in the national championship game Monday night and then received all 62 first-place votes from the media panel in the season’s final Top 25.

LSU was No. 1 for the final eight weeks of the season and set a record by beating seven teams ranked in the top 10 at the time of the game. Miami in 1987 and Alabama in 2015 each beat five teams ranked in the top 10 at the time of their games.

Florida finished No. 7 with a 10-3 mark and a New Year’s Six bowl win over Michigan following coach Dan Mullen’s first season in 2018. The Gators took another step toward the top in Mullen’s Year 2.

“This is why those guys came to Florida, to play in big games, play on the biggest stage, to be one of the best programs in the country, and to do that in back-to-back years — if you want to be able to be a championship program, you’ve got to win consistently,” Mullen said following the Gators’ 36-28 triumph over Virginia in the Orange Bowl last month. “You don’t see teams — you look at the playoff teams, the guys that made the playoffs this year – they’re not teams that just came out of nowhere and hadn’t been winning and finally won.

“You’re looking at teams — I think all of them were in New Year’s Six bowl games last year. You’ve got to be a consistent winner to go be a championship program, and I think the guys here in our program are helping us build that.”

The Gators were ranked No. 7 in the final Amway Coaches Poll.

Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, final records, 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. LSU (62) 15-0 1550 1
2. Clemson 14-1 1487 3
3. Ohio St. 13-1 1426 2
4. Georgia 12-2 1336 5
5. Oregon 12-2 1249 7
6. Florida 11-2 1211 6
7. Oklahoma 12-2 1179 4
8. Alabama 11-2 1159 9
9. Penn St. 11-2 1038 13
10. Minnesota 11-2 952 16
11. Wisconsin 10-4 883 11
12. Notre Dame 11-2 879 14
13. Baylor 11-3 827 8
14. Auburn 9-4 726 9
15. Iowa 10-3 699 19
16. Utah 11-3 543 12
17. Memphis 12-2 528 15
18. Michigan 9-4 468 17
19. Appalachian St. 13-1 466 20
20. Navy 11-2 415 21
21. Cincinnati 11-3 343 23
22. Air Force 11-2 209 24
23. Boise St. 12-2 188 18
24. UCF 10-3 78 NR
25. Texas 8-5 69 NR

Others receiving votes: Texas A&M 54, FAU 46, Washington 39, Virginia 28, Southern Cal 16, San Diego St. 13, Arizona St. 12, SMU 10, Tennessee 8, California 6, Louisiana Tech 2, North Dakota St. 2, Kentucky 2, Kansas St. 2, Louisiana-Lafayette 2.

9 COMMENTS

  1. LSU beat five (5) teams ranked in the final top 10. To me, that is brutal. They certainly deserve the natty championship. Damn shame I had to go to bed before the game ended. Would have liked to see Coach O hoist the trophy. I know they are a rival, but not like a Georgia or FSU rival.

  2. The AP sports writers still felt the need to rank that fraudulent Oregon team ahead of the Gators just because they won their lame P5 conference and Rose Bowl by 1 point. I guess ranking P5 conference champ Oklahoma ahead of the Gators too, after LSU exposed them for the fraud they really are, was just more BS than even the AP could dish out!

    The Gators were the 2nd best two-loss team in the country and should be ranked 5th, behind LSU, Clemson, OSU and 2-loss UGA, who at least beat UF head-to-head.

    • StLGator two comments: When was the last time UF finished the season ranked ahead of Bama? Secondly, you are right on the money on the Ducks. If Oregon was in the SEC they would be ranked somewhere between 5th to 7th seventh in the SEC not the national polls. Whoever ranked them 5th nationally is quacking up the wrong tree.

      • “Quacking up the wrong tree.” That’s hilarious dirt!

        The Gators better enjoy their moment in the sun in 2019, with Alabama in their shadow. The Evil Empire WILL strike back next season!

        I’m afraid that with UGA a bit down in 2020, our Gators will finally get over the “Dawg hump” just in time to be drowned by the next roll of the Crimson Tide in the SECC Game. The talent gap is STILL just too wide.

  3. More good news for the Gators and bad news for LSU. It has been reported Joe Brady, the passing game and wide receiver coach is leaving LSU for a job with the Carolina Panthers. SI said he turned down a 3 million dollars a year contract to stay at LSU and coach. I think Brady sees the handwriting on the wall with Burrow leaving and several other players headed to the NFL. Looking forward to seeing LSU in The Swamp without Brady and Burrow in 2020. The stars are aliening with LSU and UGA being reduced to mere mortals this coming season. Go Gators!!