Gators move up to No. 7 in Associated Press rankings

Florida wide receiver Josh Hammond breaks a FSU tackle attempt after a catch Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. [Matt Pendleton/Correspondent]

Florida moved up a spot to No. 7 in the latest Associated Press college football rankings Sunday.

The College Football Playoff rankings are released Tuesday.

Alabama dropped to No. 9 in The Associated Press college football poll, snapping the Crimson Tide’s record streak of 68 appearances in the top five.

The top four teams in the were unchanged, with LSU at No. 1, followed by Ohio State, Clemson and Georgia.

The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Nov. 30, 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 (40) 12-0 1528 1
2. Ohio St. (19) 12-0 1498 2
3. Clemson (3) 12-0 1437 3
4. Georgia 11-1 1356 4
5. Utah 11-1 1275 6
6. Oklahoma 11-1 1257 7
7. Florida 10-2 1135 8
8. Baylor 11-1 1074 11
9. Alabama 10-2 995 5
10. Wisconsin 10-2 971 13
11. Auburn 9-3 957 16
12. Penn St. 10-2 890 12
13. Oregon 10-2 799 14
14. Notre Dame 10-2 734 15
15. Minnesota 10-2 683 9
16. Memphis 11-1 615 17
17. Michigan 9-3 603 10
18. Iowa 9-3 537 19
19. Boise St. 11-1 463 20
20. Appalachian St. 11-1 288 22
21. Cincinnati 10-2 237 18
22. Virginia 9-3 231 NR
23. Navy 9-2 216 24
24. Southern Cal 8-4 157 25
25. Air Force 10-2 65 NR

Others receiving votes: SMU 50, Oklahoma St. 36, Kansas St. 36, UCF 6, Virginia Tech 6, Iowa St. 5, Arizona St. 4, California 3, Washington 2, North Dakota St. 1.


  1. Number 7 and the highest ranked two-loss team seems about right. If only we could trust the CFP Committee to rank the Gators the same way. I suspect they will elevate Wisconsin over the Gators, ignoring the Badgers bad loss to Illinois and their thrashing at the hands of Ohio State. This will serve to justify the Committee’s ranking of the Buckeyes at #1, despite the fact that nothing on their resume matches LSU’s victories over Auburn, UF, and Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

    • Joe, we could draw Baylor if the chips fall a certain way after their championship rematch against Oklahoma — and I wouldn’t mind that at all since I was at the Gator Bowl the last time we played them. Plus that, I went to a fellowship program up there 2008-2009 and enjoyed telling ’em “Go Gators” every chance I could, would look forward to it for the next year since Salado is only 45 miles south of Waco, and besides all that — it really would be a great game. Those Baptist kids and assorted hooligans are for real this year!

      Oh yeah, and Grant Teaff spoke at a men’s prayer breakfast down here last summer, to which I wore one of my Gators hats, and he conceded that as good as he thought Baylor was going to be under Matt Rhule, he was sure glad they didn’t play in the SEC.

  2. Seven, the number for completeness is a good number for the Gators. All in all, UF finished strong and on a high note with their only two loses being to two of the best teams in college football. Congrats to Florida’s players and staff for a very successful and exciting regular season. Now, let’s go Bowling and keep the mo moving into 2020.

  3. What a great season the Gators have had this year. Gator Football is fun to watch again. Just think back when Meyer left, we could have had Coach Mullen back then, hired Muschamp instead, where would we be now. Thanks Jeremy Foley😖. Ready for the bowl game.

      • Published: Oct 01, 2015

        Tom Jurich, Louisville.* The only thing anyone could quibble with is bringing Bobby Petrino back, a …
        Chris Del Conte, TCU. What more could you want? Since Del Conte arrived in 2009, TCU has …
        Jim Phillips, Northwestern. On one hand, Phillips has it easier than some of his colleagues. …
        Jeremy Foley, Florida. It’s impossible for an athletic director to stick around for a long time and get …

      • 4. Jeremy Foley, Florida. It’s impossible for an athletic director to stick around for a long time and get everything right. Foley hired Ron Zook and Will Muschamp, yes, but he also hired Urban Meyer and Billy Donovan. Florida owned the college sports world from 2005-08, winning two football national titles and two NCAA tournament championships. Foley has been the AD since 1992 but has been on staff at Florida since 1981, which means he was also around when Steve Spurrier was hired. Not everything is perfect, given that new football coach Jim McElwain — whose hiring was strangely public — immediately went to work demanding upgrading facilities. Florida has a ton of resources, but its facilities have lagged behind in the SEC. Now, Foley is under the microscope, as in the same year he had to replace both major coaches, bringing in McElwain from Colorado State for football and 38-year-old Michael White from Louisiana Tech to replace the NBA-bound Donovan. Florida has won numerous other national championships under Foley’s watch, including softball, women’s soccer and men’s track, among others. Florida finishes in the top 10 of the Directors Cup standings every year, including second-place finishes in four of the last six.

  4. Is it just me or does anybody else agree that Utah is not the 5th best team in the nation as AP and Coaches Polls ranked them? If Georgia loses in the SEC Championship game Utah might actually end up in the CFC games. I would like to see the Gators play the Utes but fat chance of that with the way the Polls work.

    • From the little bit I’ve seen of them this year, not being able to stay up that late in my relative old age, they seem real enough to me, Dirt. I would like to see how good they would be if the PAC-12 was actually a strong conference, tho. I’d wager maybe an 8-4 team were they in the SEC.