Yeah, we know, these polls don’t mean a thing outside of talking points. But they do keep the Florida Gators in the college football conversation of returning to being a top program in Dan Mullen’s first season as head coach in Gainesville.
On Sunday, UF climbed eight spots in the Associated Press Top 25 rankings to No. 14 and 11 spots up to No. 16 in the Amway Coaches Poll.
Florida (5-1, 3-1) has shown vast improvement each week since a loss to Kentucky in the second game of the season. Florida has won four consecutive games, including back-to-back wins against ranked opponents for the first time since 2008.
“Huge win for us,” Mullen said Saturday. “We’ve got to improve on the things that we didn’t do well today, but I’m certainly pleased with how we battled, how we fought for four quarters to find a way to go big and beat one of the top five teams in the country.”
The Gators play at noon Saturday at Vanderbilt (3-3, 0-2), with the game being carried by ESPN.
Notes: UF linebacker Vosean Joseph earned the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week honors, as the Walter Camp Football Foundation announced Sunday.
The weekly honor is the first of Joseph’s career at Florida and comes after a team-leading defensive performance to help the Gators upset No. 5 LSU, 27-19 in Gainesville on Saturday.
The Miami native recorded a team-high 14 tackles, including 3.5 for losses. He also sacked LSU’s Joe Burrow twice for a loss of 14 yards.
Through six games, Joseph is the Gators’ leading tackler with 42, including 6.5 for losses. He has also recorded three sacks, two pass breakups, one quarterback hurry and a fumble recovery, which he returned for 20 yards.
Joseph is the eighth Florida player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004 and is the first since linebacker Antonio Morrison (Oct. 4, 2015).