Florida is unranked in the preseason AP Poll for the 2015 season, which means just one thing: Jim McElwain has some work to do before his Gators appear in the college football ranking
Florida is one of a handful of teams also receiving votes from AP Poll voters — as it was in the preseason coaches' poll — but the AP has not released a full table showing those numbers, so we're left to extrapolate from this Ralph D. Russo tweet:
More others receiving: Cincinnati 8, Nebraska 6, K-St. 5, Florida 4, NC St 4, Texas 3, BYU 2, Michigan 2, N Illinois 2, Cal 1, WKU 1, WVU 1.— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) August 23, 2015
Those four votes put Florida in a tie for 37th ... with the school currently led by former Florida quarterback Jacoby Brissett. (Whee!)
This is the second straight year in which Florida has fallen outside the top 25 of the initial AP Poll. The Gators are unranked in both the (totally irrelevant) AP Poll and the (totally irrelevant) coaches poll for the first time in probably quite a few years, or something, I dunno, fire Will Muscha — sorry.
Florida will also have a customarily difficult schedule, if the preseason poll is any indication. Six teams in the top 25 will face Florida this fall, and while none is ranked higher than No. 9 Georgia, the Gators will (theoretically) need to either beat every unranked team on their schedule or pull an upset to cover for a loss to one of those unranked teams just to get to a 6-6 regular season record.
It won't be easy for Mac, in other words.
Here's the full poll.
|1||Ohio State (61)||1,525|