New #1 and a new #7 in this week’s poll
It was a brutal weekend for the college football programs active in the state of Florida. The Florida State Seminoles took another loss, expected against Clemson but not by a record margin. The Florida Gators fell short in the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party against Georgia, looking good at times but just not good enough to overcome a strong Bulldogs team. Miami went into Newton, MA and fell to Boston College in a chilly game on the road. USF took their first loss of the season at Houston, and emphatically so. Even Florida Atlantic took a loss, as a disappointing season continues for the Owls.
The only active school that won in Florida last week was Florida International. It was nothing short of a disaster for the proud programs of the Sunshine State.
All of this led to a major shakeup in our rankings for this week. Gone is the Undefeated UCF vs Major Conference debate, in favor of a clear number one and rankings that are beginning to settle into form.
This week’s rankings:
1: University of Central Florida Knights – What a bye week for UCF, as the Knights rise back to the top of the state rankings while Florida and others fell.
2: University of Florida Gators – There isn’t much shame in losing a good game to Georgia, but two losses in college football are hard to overcome. Dan Mullen’s program is back on the right track, but their full return to glory might have to wait another year.
3: University of South Florida Bulls – The Bulls fall to Houston but not in our rankings, benefitting from a rough week across the state. Their dreams of an undefeated season are over, but they can still make 2018 a year to remember.
4: University of Miami Hurricanes – “Miami takes another loss on the road as quarterback Malik Rosier throws two more interceptions. However, coach Mark Richt says Rosier will be the starter moving forward. Miami hosts 5-3 Duke Saturday night.” -Jaquan Cathey
5: Florida International Panthers – Butch Davis’ program takes another step up the state rankings. Little was expected of FIU this year, but they’re thriving on their schedule and looking like the Conference USA contender we expected Florida Atlantic to be.
6: Florida Atlantic Owls – FAU might have pulled the upset of the week by losing and still moving out of the basement of our state ranking. There is still a long way to go for Lane Kiffin and company.
7: Florida State Seminoles – “Florida State is playing for pride and a chance of making a bowl game. Willie Taggart desperately needs to win out and can not afford to have a blow out loss like the Clemson game again or he may not be the Seminoles coach much longer.” –Timothy Mallard