UCF, Miami solidify their top spots
Even in the Florida Rankings, how a team wins is every bit as important as winning itself.
Miami and UCF took care of business in classic fasion in week 5 of the college football season. It’s enough to ensure that the top spots in our rankings remain unchanged.
Change might be on the way soon, however. Florida has bounced back from their loss to Kentucky to show that there might be something to the Gators after all, with Dan Mullen’s squad dispatching his former employer in Mississippi State. Florida State stayed on the winning path as well, and Florida International fared slightly better than their local rivals FAU.
1: University of Central Florida Knights – “It’s hard to knock UCF down from #1 when they were so convincing against Pittsburgh. Sure, the Panthers are by no means the country’s most formidable opponent, but schedules are set years in advance. The Knights can’t send theirs back and demand a fuller dance card.” -Tim Williams
2: Miami Hurricanes – “There is no more QB controversy/questions in Coral Gables. Miami head coach, Mark Richt, said N’Kosi Perry will start vs. Florida State. AP voters don’t seem to be believers as the Canes dropped one spot to #17, after a 47-10 drubbing of UNC Thursday night.” – Jaquan Cathey
3: USF Bulls – “Bye week was a chance to heal nicks and bruises and straighten out inconsistencies on both sides of the ball. Easy to see how Bulls could be 7-0 heading into date at Houston on Oct. 27.” – Tom Layberger
4: Florida Gators – “It’s only a matter of time until Dan Mullen has the Gators perched atop the rankings…despite the best efforts of the reigning National Champs and their Hype machine “ –Steve Kinsella
5: Florida State Seminoles – “Florida State’s offensive line was able to give Deondre Francois time in the second half which proved to be critical. The run blocking ability still fails to produce any substance with all 4 of the Florida State touchdowns coming through the air. If Florida State can keep the second half success moving forward this season may prove to be a success. This coming weekend matchup in Miami will speak volumes to how the Noles season will go from here.” –Tim Mallard
6: Florida International Panthers – “The Panthers took care of business against an FCS team, which was as expected. They move up in the rankings more because Florida Atlantic lost than anything else.” -Tim Williams
7: Florida Atlantic Owls – “Opening conference play by losing in the final minute at Middle Tennessee is a double whammy a week after getting pounded by UCF.” -Tom Layberger