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Florida drops to No. 23 in AP poll; No. 21 in coaches’ poll

The Gators slip in the rankings after their first loss.

NCAA Football: Florida at Tennessee Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

The Gators dropped to No. 21 in the newly released USA Today coaches’ poll and No. 23 in the latest AP poll. Florida was previously slotted at No. 19 in the AP poll and No. 16 in the coaches’ poll. It was only natural that the Gators would fall after suffering their first loss of the season.

Florida fell five places in the coaches’ poll and four places in the AP poll after losing on the road to Tennessee. The Volunteers saw their stock rise after they finally snapped their eleven year losing streak to the Gators. Tennessee moved up to No. 11 in both polls, having been previously ranked at No. 14 in the AP and No. 12 in the coaches’ poll.

The Volunteers were the first ranked team on Florida’s schedule. The other ranked opponents still on Florida’s schedule are: Florida State - who moved up slightly in each poll and now sits at No. 12 in both, Georgia - who also suffered their first loss yesterday and slides several spots down to No. 20 in the coaches’ poll and No. 25 in the AP, the aforementioned Volunteers (No. 11 in both rankings), and Arkansas - who also fell from the rank of SEC unbeatens and is at No. 20 in the AP poll and No. 22 in the coaches’ poll. LSU, who was ranked in the top 20 in both polls coming into this weekend, fell out after suffering their second loss of the season.