Florida shot up seven places to No. 13 in the newly released AP poll and climbed five spots to No. 13 in the latest USA Today coaches’ poll. The Gators were previously No. 21 in the AP poll and No. 18 in the coaches’ poll. Florida upset LSU on the road yesterday and clinched the SEC East.
Of course, the AP and coaches’ polls are not the ones that really matter now, as the College Football Playoff Committee has started releasing their own weekly rankings. Those come out on Tuesday evenings. The Gators checked in at No. 11 in the first edition, fell out after their loss to Arkansas, and re-entered the rankings at No. 23 last week.
There was not too much movement at the top of the polls this week, other than previously top-five Louisville taking a tumble following their loss to Houston on Thursday night. The Cougars did re-enter the rankings themselves after that victory. Utah also fell after losing to an Oregon team that came into that game with three wins.
After several weeks of Florida being the only SEC East team in the rankings, Tennessee sneaks back into the polls and joins the Gators. The Volunteers are at No. 24 in both rankings. Elsewhere in the SEC, Alabama remains at No. 1, as they have all season. Auburn, who rebounded from a loss to Georgia with a 55-0 win over Alabama A&M, moved up two places to No. 16 in the AP poll and remained at No. 16 in the coaches’ poll. Texas A&M remains at No. 22 in both polls. LSU drops to No. 25 in the AP poll, and out of the coaches’ poll, following their loss to the Gators.
Florida will end its regular season on the road against Florida State, in one of this coming Saturday’s ranked-on-ranked match-ups, and then head to Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game against No. 1 undefeated Alabama. The Seminoles moved up two spots to No. 15 in the AP poll and up one place to No. 14 in the coaches’ poll.