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College Football Playoff: Florida finishes at No. 19 in the CFP rankings

The Gators move down in the final playoff rankings.

Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

After falling to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the SEC Championship Game, the Florida Gators finished the 2015 regular season at No. 19 in the College Football Playoff committee's final rankings. It's a fair drop, and one that mirrors the opinions of the AP and Coaches Polls, as well.

The Alabama loss certainly hurt their standing with the committee, and it also robbed Florida fans and college football fans the chance to see how highly a win over Alabama would have been valued (as well as how far the Tide would have fallen). However, all things considered, the Gators have still set themselves up nicely for an interesting matchup in their bowl game.

The SEC finishes the 2015 regular season with five teams ranked in the College Football Playoff rankings, led by No. 2 Alabama who will play in the Cotton Bowl against No. 3 Michigan State. Also ranked from the SEC are Ole Miss (No. 12), LSU (No. 20), Tennessee (No. 23) and the Gators.

The Gators will now await their bowl game announcement, though anything other than a Citrus Bowl date with the No. 14 Michigan Wolverines would be a surprise.