Florida jumps up to No. 14 in top 25 polls

By Adam Silverstein
September 16, 2012

The third regular season editions of the USA Today Coaches and Associated Press Top 25 polls were released on Sunday with the Alabama Crimson Tide remaining the No. 1 team in the country in both rankings systems. Alabama received 54-of-59 first-place votes from the coaches and 58-of-60 first-place votes from the AP voters.

The Florida Gators, fresh off of a dominant 37-20 road victory against then-No. 23 Tennessee, jumped up to No. 14 in both polls. Florida checked with 689 voting points (+237) in the USA Today rankings and with 743 voting points (+316) in the AP poll.

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This Week 1-5: Alabama (54), LSU (5), Oregon, Florida State, Oklahoma
6-10: Georgia, West Virginia, South Carolina, Clemson, Texas
11-15: Stanford, USC, Kansas State, Florida, Notre Dame
16-20: TCU, Michigan, Louisville, UCLA, Michigan State
21-25: Arizona, Nebraska, Mississippi State, Wisconsin, Oklahoma State

Last Week 1-5: Alabama (42), LSU (5), USC (11), Oregon (1), Oklahoma
6-10: Florida State, Georgia, West Virginia, South Carolina, Michigan State
11-15: Clemson, Texas, Virginia Tech, Kansas, TCU
16-20: Stanford, Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame, Louisville
21-25: Arkansas, Wisconsin, UCLA, Nebraska, Arizona

This Week 1-5: Alabama (58), LSU (2), Oregon, Florida State, Georgia
6-10: Oklahoma, South Carolina, West Virginia, Stanford, Clemson
11-15: Notre Dame, Texas, USC, Florida, Kansas State
16-20: Ohio State, TCU, Michigan, UCLA, Louisville
21-25: Michigan State, Arizona, Mississippi State, Boise State, Nebraska

Last Week 1-5: Alabama (48), USC (8), LSU (4), Oregon, Oklahoma / Florida State
7-10: Georgia, South Carolina, West Virginia, Michigan State
11-15: Clemson, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Texas, Kansas State
16-20: TCU, Michigan, Florida, Louisville, Notre Dame
21-25: Stanford, UCLA, Tennessee, Arizona, Brigham Young

* Numbers in parenthesis represent first-place votes.


  1. Matt says:

    How in the word is Oklahoma and West Virginia still in the top ten above Florida, Stanford etc…!! They have not played anyone of significance. In addition, Ohio State would have lost their game AT HOME if Cal had a kicker so they actually go up in the poll?? Notre Dame definitely should have jumped way up so I have no probably with that one but USC should have fallen behind Floirida and K-State. Just one guys opinion….


  2. Aligator says:

    i pray top God everyone does not start drinking the let’s run the table Kool Aid!

  3. Tractorr says:

    I like to work by the logic that teams should be ranked according to who they would beat if they played (not counting a freakish games but if the game were played 10 times who would win the majority).

    Looking at the list of teams ahead of Florida I would say all of those teams could theoretically beat Florida.

    Now by that same logic if Florida were to beat LSU in a few weeks then I would rank them no lower 4th because it would tell us what we don’t know about this team.

  4. Aligator says:

    Um we may be close in those games, because three of them are basically at home, sc and ga would be the toss up, but lsu and fsu will beat us for real…..

  5. Joe says:

    Attention Prognosticators. One game at a time. Enjoy the journey. Go Gators

  6. John S says:

    Don’t worry about rankings till the end of this season. The way our schedule shapes out we will be in great position, should we earn it. I am thrilled by our situation and potential. Great job Muschamp and staff keep it up.

  7. BobG says:

    Some strange prognostications.

    All the teams left on the schedule could theoretically beat UF? Kentucky for starters? Vandy? Jacksonville State? UL-Lafyette? Please.

    UF-UGA was a virtual toss-up last year. Does anyone now think that UGA has improved more than UF.

    Tell me why should we fear Mizzou?

    This week should have clarified a lot of thinking. TAM proved to be the real deal on offense as they crunched SMU. The Gators showed that last week was not a fluke. UT was considered a real challenge until about 9 o’clock last night.

    I am looking at 9-3 and will not be surprised at 10-2, because I expect to beat either UGA or USC (maybe both) as this QB and this defense continue to develop.

    Let’s revisit some of this foolishness after LSU.

  8. El Meester says:

    Pretty sure the post was referring to the fact that the teams RANKED ahead of Florida could theoretically beat Florida.

  9. Tractorr says:

    Yes I was referring to the rankings, you know what this post is about. My point is since rankings are a beauty contest I always just use the eyeball test: would a team likely beat another team? This makes sense because it also solves the pesky problem of dropping teams who lose to teams ranked ahead of them. For instance if Florida loses to LSU I still think they are better than many of the teams below them and that many of the teams ahead of them are better. Hence my point about the LSU game. I am not saying we will win or lose simply that we learn how much this team has improved when we play them.

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