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Every week this college football season, as we at Sports Talk Florida have done our voting in our Florida Rankings, debates and divisions have emerged. The value of simply being in a “power 5” conference was a matter of dispute, as was the value of a so-called “quality loss.” Teams went up and down as the season went on.
It’s safe to say that nobody was satisfied when the University of Central Florida missed the College Football Playoff, won their New Year’s Day bowl game over Auburn, and promptly declared themselves national champions. In fact, it was the talk of the offseason throughout the Sunshine State.
The University of Central Florida is undefeated, but their schedule is considerably weaker than Florida’s. Can UCF be the number one team in the state without a signature win?
Florida took a surprising loss to Missouri. Florida State took another tough loss as their season continues to unravel. Miami fell on a sloppy field against Duke. South Florida was hit hard by Tulane. Florida International fell to Florida Atlantic. Only FAU and Central Florida emerged with a win over the weekend when it comes to Florida’s schools.
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.
While there were still some differences from poll to poll, for the most part we at Sports Talk Florida are arriving at a consensus for who fits where in the ranking.
It has felt like a long seven weeks for the Florida Gators. The Gators struggled early, including their first loss to the Kentucky Wildcats since the Reagan Administration. Questions were asked about new coach Dan Mullen. Questions were asked about quarterback Feleipe Franks.
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.
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.
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.
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