Florida moved up two spots to No. 13 in the Associated Press college football rankings released Sunday. The ranking is the same as UF’s spot in the College Football Playoff standing of last week.
Florida (8-3) closes the regular season at Florida State (5-6) starting at noon Saturday. The game is on the ABC network. The Gators are playing for a possible spot in a New Year’s Six bowl game, while the Seminoles look to become bowl eligible and continue a postseason streak they began in 1982. FSU has also won five in a row in the Sunshine State series.
“We can’t afford anything but a win … That’s all we’re talking about,” FSU’s Stanford Samuels III said Saturday. “We’re going to win next week. We’re going to beat the Gators.”
UF is coming off a 63-10 beatdown of Idaho. FSU beat then-No. 22 Boston College 22-21 on Saturday to stop a three-game losing streak. Florida State had not won in nearly a month, since a 38-17 win over Wake Forest on Oct. 20. It also was Florida State’s first win in six attempts against Top 25 teams this season and the program’s first against a ranked opponent since a win over Michigan in the 2016 Orange Bowl.
Led by unanimous No. 1 Alabama, the top six stayed the same as last week in the AP poll. Clemson is No. 2, followed by Notre Dame, Michigan, Georgia and Oklahoma.