Miami On The Rise In Florida Rankings

Hurricanes solidify their #2 in-state rank

As the end of September swiftly approaches, teams start to get into their conference schedules.  For most, this means a return to harder games as opposed to running up the score against various smaller opponents.

Florida looked excellent in a convincing win at Neyland Stadium over Tennessee, and while these might not be the salad days in Knoxville an SEC school is an SEC school nevertheless.  Winning a rivalry game on the road, even a secondary rivalry to Florida, is quite a statement.

Speaking of statements, Miami continues to assert themselves as a high-scoring squad loaded with talent.  The Hurricanes controlled the action from start to finish against Florida International, leaving Butch Davis’ squad bloodied and beaten.

This win, combined with a gritty but somewhat underwhelming win by South Florida over visiting East Carolina, vaulted Miami to a clean second spot in our voting this week.  The Hurricanes are soon to get into the meat of their schedule, and if they keep playing this well the sky is the limit.

The rankings for this week:

1:  Central Florida Knights – “The Knights rolled past FAU in a very dominant fashion. Clearly they are worthy of their number 13 ranking and frankly they are a Top Ten team. This week they will host the University of Pittsburgh in hopes of knocking off an ACC foe.” -Jim Williams

2:  Miami Hurricanes – “Miami made the inevitable QB switch early in Saturday vs. FIU. New starting QB N’Kosi Perrry (Ocala, FL), will have nice tune up game against UNC Thursday night before Miami’s matchup vs. FSU, Oct 6.” -Jaquan Cathey

3:  South Florida Bulls – “Once again found a way to win. When it matters most the Bulls have gotten the job done in remaining unbeaten.” -Tom Layberger

4:  Florida Gators – “After a shaky first two weeks, the Gators got back on track with a convincing win over Tennessee in Knoxville.  Dan Mullen has Feleipe Franks playing at a high level, and for the first time in a while Gators fans are excited about the offense.”  -Tim Williams

5:  Florida State Seminoles – “FSU started hot against Northern Illinois, the offensive line did show improvement but still allowed the pressure to get to Francois far to often. The secondary continues to give up to many touchdowns in 1 on 1 coverage. But improvement was definitely shown by the Seminoles. Hopefully for Willie Taggarts sake the improvements can continue to show on the field.”  -Tim Mallard

6:  Florida Atlantic Owls – “Florida Atlantic struggled to keep up with Central Florida in one of the first in-state battles this year.  There is plenty to like about what Lane Kiffin is doing, but until the Owls get a big win against a big school it’s hard to move them up in these rankings.”  -Tim Williams

7:  Florida International Panthers – “Butch Davis’ team looked bad against his old team. That said like FAU they return to C-USA where their rebuilding plan will show improvement.”  -Jim Williams