Gators move up to No. 13 in AP ranking

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Florida coach Dan Mullen heads into the locker room after the Gators beat on the Idaho Vandals on Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadiume. [Alan Youngblood/Gainesville Sun]

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.

 

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  1. This is the chance for all Gators to get their first win against FSU. Since no one on the roster was three the last time that happened. Milena first as HC and a great way for or seniors to finish. And a nice segway into the Mullen era. This is going to be a fight and a game of who wants it the most.

  2. It’s going to be interesting. Put the records aside. There is not a single player on FSU’s roster who has ever lost to the Gators, and the games haven’t been close. That means they will come into the game feeling confident. Meanwhile, the opposite is true for our guys. No on the team has ever beaten FSU. In these kinds of regular series, I have seen it take a year or two for a new coach to get the team’s mind right when it comes to a losing streak against a rival team.

    In addition, which UF team will show up? The one who mailed it in versus Missouri will lose to FSU. The one that took half a game off versus USC could very well lose as well. I am hoping our guys show up to play and take care of business, but I am not at the point yet where I assume they will do so. Wish we could get reports all week on how they are practicing.

    The last concern has to do with dirty play. The semis stuck a finger in the eye of the Syracuse QB to knock him out of the game. They are not beyond such dirty tricks. In addition, the ACC badly wants the semis in a bowl, so if, as i recall, we still have the ACC officials for their games up there after the cheating some years back when Zook was coach, look for a lot of non calls on the semis and ticky tack calls against us aimed at helping the semis cheat their way to a victory.

    • Jaws – I am very glad to see that someone besides me actually saw that crap. I have a 75 in. 4K tv and I see things, even on beautiful women, that make their face look like a planet after a bunch of deep impacts…LMAO. I will be watching and I will complain to the NCAA if that crap happens again. Maybe a law suit could be in order. I will be looking at our guys as well. There is something to karma and we don’t need ours to be bad. GO GATORS!!!

      • Yikes. That’s some high res! I am hoping Franks will wear an eye shield because otherwise the semis will be poking. Once they brought Mickey Andrews back to teach the art of dirty football, it was all over for this new coach as far as ever being perceived as anything but a cheater.

  3. As far as I’m concerned FSU has won 2 games now by luck and bad coaching by the other team. One against UL a pass that should never have been thrown and the other against BC this last weekend. Who plays man coverage with less than 2 minutes left and 80 yards to go? Stupid defensive play call by BC. That would never have happened in the SEC. Clemson is loving it in that Basketball division. I know they need this for a bowl berth but we need this way more than a bowl win. Players and fans both know that we are the better team, we just need to have the confidence in ourselves to get the job done. GO Gators!

    • Well, you brought up the key match-ups I think. The Gator D-line is supposed to be this team’s strength and the FSU O-line is supposed to be a mess so, if the Gator unit actually dominates like it is supposed to, it will be a key to the game. They really have to step up to take the pressure off the thin DBs — maybe even force some errant throws and another turnover party.

      On the other hand, the FSU run defense is supposed to be good and we all know our O-line is inconsistent. If the Gators win this battle along with the above battle — it’ll be a blowout. Coincidentally, UF’s rush offense is ranked #35 and FSU’s rush defense is ranked #35.

  4. I am so very proud of this football team – the coaches and the players – how they have turned this program around in such a very short time. The first Gator game I attended was UF versus Houston at Florida field. I believe it was 1968 – I was 13. My Dad took me to the game, and the stadium was more than half empty. Houston was predicted to destroy the Gators. That year we have John Reaves and Carlos Alvarez – the score at halftime was 35 – 0 in favor of the Gators. The final score was 59 – 34. GO GATORS, GO GATORS!!!!!!!