Florida is at No. 17 in the final College Football Playoff rankings. The Gators also fell five spots to No. 20 in the AP poll, and two places to No. 18 in the USA Today coaches’ poll. Florida was No. 15 in last week’s playoff rankings and AP poll, and No. 16 in last week’s coaches poll. The Gators lost to Alabama in yesterday’s SEC Championship Game, and ended their regular season at 8-4 with an SEC East division title.
Five SEC teams ended the season ranked. SEC Champion Alabama is, of course, still at No. 1 in every poll, as they had been all season. The undefeated defending national champions have been dominant. Auburn is the second highest ranked SEC team at No. 14 in the playoff rankings, and No. 17 in the AP and coaches’ polls. LSU is No. 20 in the playoff rankings and coaches’ poll, and No. 19 in the AP poll. Tennessee, strangely enough, is ranked in the playoff rankings but not in the AP poll or coaches’ poll. The Volunteers are No. 21 according to the committee.
Florida State is the Gators’ other opponent - besides Alabama, LSU, and Tennessee - to end the season in the rankings. The Seminoles are a top-10 ranked team in the AP and coaches poll, sitting at No. 10 in both. FSU finishes at No. 11 in the final playoff rankings.
Today’s College Football Playoff Committee’s rankings set this year’s playoff line-up. No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Ohio State, and No. 4 Washington are in. Clemson and Ohio State will play in the Fiesta Bowl semifinal in Glendale, Arizona; while Alabama and Washington play in the Peach Bowl semifinal in Atlanta, Georgia. Both semifinals will be played on New Year’s Eve. The national championship game will be played on January 9th in Tampa.
Florida made a brief appearance in the top-10 this season in the AP and coaches’ polls, and was ranked as high as No. 11 in the playoff rankings, but the Gators have spent most of the season being ranked in the middle or bottom half of the top-25.