Its (first) bye week may have helped Florida off the field, but it didn't help them in voters' eyes: The Gators slipped to No. 12 from No. 10 in the SEC Power Poll.
Florida sits ahead of just Kentucky and Vanderbilt among the SEC's 14 teams, according to the Power Poll's voters, and with just 40 points from 12 voters, currently has the same view it had at the end of last season — behind No. 11 Tennessee. The Vols moved up despite a second straight loss.
Florida will obviously be able to change some minds if it wins on Saturday in Neyland Stadium, but voters just aren't optimistic about the Gators right now:
Can't you sense the hordes of offensive coordinators lining up for the opportunity to strut their stuff in Gainesville next season?--Get the Picture
I'm dead serious when I ask this: how the hell did this happen? How on earth is a Florida team, stocked with blue chip recruits, this bad? Injuries only explain so much.--And the Valley Shook
It's funny, you see, because the LSU blogger whose team lost to Mississippi State at home, then benched its starting quarterback for a true freshman, is wondering about how Florida is "so bad."
Once again, I failed to vote, but I would've had Florida No. 11, ahead of Tennessee, Kentucky, and Vanderbilt, for whatever it's worth.