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Chomping at Bits: Florida football finishes at No. 14 in final AP poll, No. 13 in final coaches’ poll

The Gators end the year ranked in the top-15.

NCAA Football: Kentucky at Florida Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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Florida football finishes at No. 14 in the final AP poll, No. 13 in final coaches’ poll: The Gators moved up six spots to No. 14 in the final poll of the 2016 season and rose four spots to No. 20 in the final coaches’ poll. It’s the highest that Florida has finished in the season-ending AP poll since 2012, when the Gators were ranked ninth. The Gators are the second-highest ranked SEC team in the coaches’ poll, after Alabama at No. 2. (Scott Carter, Florida Gators; Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun; Nick Cole, SEC Country)

Florida’s bench to the rescue: Against Alabama, the Gators were carried by a four-man bench that scored 41 points (and actually outscored the five starters). (Chris Harry, Florida Gators)

Better chemistry helping Gators: Mike White’s team has grown closer and more focused on team goals. (Chris Harry, Florida Gators)

Gators gymnastics holding “orange out” for first home meet: Florida opens home action on Friday, January 13, at 6:45 p.m. against Kentucky. It will be the team’s first appearance in the new O’Connell Center. (Mary Howard, Florida Gators)

Florida track and field freshmen recognized for impressive debuts: Jumper Grant Holloway was named USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week and SEC Runner of the Week, while high jumper Clayton Brown was named SEC Field Athlete of the Week. Last week, Holloway, among other achievements, became the first man in history to break 32.81 seconds in the 300 meters and 7.65 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles. (Zach Dirlam, Florida Gators)

Florida recruiting updates: 4-star Tedarrell “T.J.” Slaton names the Gators as his leader, 4-star safety Devon Hunter - who named Florida in his finalists - sets a commitment date, and 3-star CB Eric Stokes schedules an official visit to UF for this weekend. (Zach Abolverdi, SEC Country)

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