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Florida ranked No. 10 in initial College Football Playoff rankings of 2015

The Gators are within striking distance of the College Football Playoff.

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Florida is ranked No. 10 in the initial rankings from the College Football Playoff selection committee, released Tuesday night on ESPN.

This is, obviously, Florida's highest-ever ranking from the College Football Playoff selection committee, after the Gators did not appear in the rankings at any point in 2014, the only previous year of their existence.

Florida slots in behind seven undefeated teams in the top 10, and joins Alabama and Notre Dame as the only other one-loss teams in the top 10. Interestingly, Alabama's loss was to the Mississippi team that ranks No. 18, and Florida defeated that team soundly, and beat unranked Georgia (albeit a Dawgs team without Nick Chubb) by just four fewer points than Alabama did.

Of those seven undefeated teams, though, a maximum of three could remain undefeated into the College Football Playoff — and Florida could knock off one of them, No. 2 LSU, in an SEC Championship Game rematch.

The Gators are still dark horses to make the College Football Playoff, but they're not nearly as far afield as they could be.