FSU Drops In Florida Rankings After Week 3

Seminoles’ second loss sends them plummeting, and a tie emerges for second place

After three weeks of the college football regular season, one thing is clear: Florida State’s transition to new head coach Willie Taggart is very much a work still in progress.

A second loss, this one at the hands of Syracuse, puts the Seminoles at 0-2 inside the ACC and 1-2 overall, with their one win coming by a hair at the expense of Samford. Florida State is firmly in last place in the ACC’s Atlantic division.

When ranking the seven Bowl Subdivision schools in the state of Florida, this has sent Florida State ever lower. The Seminoles hold the worst record in the state at the moment, and they got multiple votes to be ranked last in our seven team ranking. The ‘Noles did avoid that fate, but only barely.

The rankings:

1: University of Central Florida Knights (last week: 1) – The Knights were unable to play this past week due to Hurricane Florence. As the Knights came into last week with the top ranking, and have held it throughout the season to this point, voters could not bring themselves (for the most part) to knock UCF out of that top spot.

2(t): University of South Florida Bulls (last week: 2) – We have our very first tie in the Florida rankings! South Florida retains at least a share of the second spot on the list. It is worth noting that, at the moment, all seven FBS Florida schools combine for two victories against Power 5 Conference opponents. Both of those wins were provided by USF.

2(t): Miami Hurricanes (last week: 3) – “Miami rolls past Toledo as quarterback Malik Rosier (5 total TDs) is putting Miami’s QB questions to bed for the time being.” -Jaquan Cathey

4: Florida Gators (last week: 4) – “A bad loss for Gators doesn’t drop them too far for me.  I’d probably rank Gators ahead of Miami because I think the talent base overall is better at UF and will show itself at some point during the season.” -Steve Kinsella

5: Florida Atlantic Owls (last week: 6) – “A little too uneven of a performance against FCS Bethune Cookman for my liking. Still, Devin Singletary (5 TDs) may have gotten himself on track, which would be bad new for CUSA foes.” -Tom Layberger

6: Florida State Seminoles (last week: 5) – “Florida State’s biggest problem continues to be the offensive line play. Willie Taggart needs to get something going in Tallahassee or the longest active bowl streak may be in jeopardy. In two games against FBS opponents the Seminoles have led for zero minutes and zero seconds and scored a total of ten points. Not a good start for the Taggart era. The Seminoles certainly need to “Do Something” in order to turn this nightmare around.” -Tim Mallard

7: Florida International Panthers (last week: 7) – Butch Davis’ program still has a long way to go, and while they have a better record than Florida State, many voters are still reluctant to bring them out of the basement.