Gators move up to No. 9 in AP Poll

Florida Gators linebacker Jonathan Greenard (58) celebrates after a tackle during the first home game of the season against UT Martin at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville on September 7, 2019. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]

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After its 45-0 victory over UT Martin on Saturday night, the University of Florida football team moved up from No. 11 to No. 9 in the latest Associated Press poll released Sunday.

The Gators were helped in part by two other results Saturday: Texas falling from 9th to 12th after its 37-31 loss to LSU and Michigan slipping from 7th to 10th after holding off Army 24-21 in double overtime.

Florida opened as the No. 8 team in the AP’s preseason poll but slipped to No. 11 following a 24-20 victory over Miami on Aug. 24.

UF is only one of two teams in the state ranked in the Top 25 — UCF checks in at 17th in the poll.

As a conference, the SEC has five teams (Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Auburn and Florida) in the Top 9 and six overall. Alabama, Georgia and LSU are ranked No. 2, 3 and 4 respectively by the AP.



  1. I am pleased with the Gators’ performance against UT Martin – I was there as a loyal cheering fan with my good friends from PK Yonge lab school (David, Nemo and Jimmy). Also saw another former classmate (Cliff). While this was a solid “W”, the Gators will be going back to work this week to prepare for a much stronger Kentucky team than it has been in the past (remember last year’s game where the Wildcats beat us on the line of scrimmage). This game will be no different – whoever wins the line of scrimmage battle will most likely win the game. Get ready, Gators for a dog (cat?) fight – GO GATORS!!!

  2. Iamiowan. apparently from what I’ve heard, the ballers from U.K.’s L.B.s & front D-line are all gone (NFL or graduated) from last season. And of course, Kentucky’s great R.B., Snell, is gone too. So, it isn’t the same team from ”last season,” but that isn’t to say it’s going to be an easy game for U.F.
    As it rarely is an easy game for the Gators at U.K. (for some reason they seem to struggle in Lexington). Go Gators! Just win baby!