The Gators remained at No. 25 in the newly released USA Today coaches’ poll and dropped out of the AP poll, which had featured Florida at No. 25 going into the first week of the season.
Florida’s drop from the AP poll came on the heels of its closer than expected 24-7 victory against Massachusetts. After Saturday’s performance, I don’t find it terribly surprising that the Gators would drop. And as they were only ranked No. 25 in both polls, a drop in either meant that Florida would exit that poll for the time being. Miami replaces UF at No. 25 in the AP poll after beating up on Florida A&M in their opener.
The Gators still have plenty of ground to make up as they get into the meat of their schedule. Florida’s upcoming schedule features four currently ranked teams: Florida State (No. 3 in AP & coaches’ poll), Georgia (No. 9 in AP & coaches’ poll), Tennessee (No. 17 in AP & No. 14 in coaches’ poll), and LSU (No. 21 in AP & No. 22 in coaches’ poll).
The SEC had an uneven opening weekend and saw some movement in the polls. Georgia shot up in the rankings after its win over previously ranked North Carolina, going from No. 18 to No. 9 in the AP poll and from No. 16 to No. 9 in the coaches’ poll. LSU fell several places after losing to Wisconsin, falling 16 places to No. 22 in the coaches’ poll and 16 places to No. 21 in the AP poll. The polls also saw Tennessee drop out of the top ten after escaping in overtime against Appalachian State. Alabama remains at No. 1 in both polls after dismantling USC.