The race for the Florida Championship is on
It was a big weekend for the Power Five schools in the Sunshine State. The Florida Rankings have been clear-cut for the past few weeks, but with Saturday’s shakeups the voting became much closer.
Florida upsetting LSU was a huge moment for Dan Mullen’s progress in Gainesville, and it caused a seismic shift in the rankings. Florida was among three teams receiving first place votes, along with UCF and Miami. This made for an extremely tight race for first between those three schools.
All of that leaves out USF, who remains unbeaten with a real display of rushing prowess against Massachusetts. The Bulls surrendered a whopping 42 points, but USF also beat UMass convincingly.
Voters struggled with this week, and as the schedule heats up that is sure to continue.
This week’s rankings:
1: University of Central Florida Knights – “Knights made quick work of SMU and travel to Memphis this week. The Liberty Bowl will be buzzing, but the Tigers do not look as strong as last year when the Knights blasted them twice. UCF win streak should reach 19.” -Tom Layberger
2: University of Florida Gators – “Florida will eventually take the top spot based on schedule and impressive wins. A couple of big tests coming up. Vandy can be a trap game and then Georgia as a true litmus test.” -Steve Kinsella
3: University of Miami Hurricanes – “Miami found a way to beat Florida State for the second year in a row. Coach Mark Richt considered a quarterback change down 27-7, but he stuck with N’Kosi Perry and it paid off.” -Jaquan Cathey
4: University of South Florida Bulls – “USF runs their record to 5-0. They are one of 11 remaining unbeaten teams in the nation. Charlie Strong’s Bulls travel to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to play the Golden Hurricanes in a conference showdown on Friday, October 12th at 7:00 pm ET in H.A. Chapman Stadium.” -Chris Lynch
5: Florida State University Seminoles – The Noles have a lot to improve on going into the bye week. The main focuses of improvement need to be in the secondary and the offensive line play still.” -Tim Mallard
6: Florida Atlantic University Owls – “Lane Kiffin has a powerhouse offense but it has not been consistent. They still might have the best team on paper in C-USA. But as we all know games aren’t played on paper, they are played on TV.” -Jim Williams
7: Florida International University Panthers – “Panthers host Middle Tennessee following bye. Offense has looked good, defense has been pretty solid and Butch Davis’ team should be headed to a second straight bowl.” -Tom Layberger