Despite being idle in week one the Florida Gators dropped two spots in the new USA Today Coaches’ Poll released on Tuesday.
The Gators’ first game of the season was moved up a week to kickoff the 150th season of college football. With the eyes of the college football world upon them the Gators’ 24-20 win over Miami was picked apart more than normal by the national media and the Gators, despite winning the football game, were heavily criticized for the fashion in which they won.
Week one of the football season was a doozy with Auburn coming back to win on Saturday night over Oregon, Tennessee losing to Georgia State, Mack Brown’s return to coaching resulted in a win over Will Muschamp and South Carolina and a slew of other upsets and nail bitters. In short, week one would have seemed to show that the Gators’ win over Miami was better than it seemed a week previous.
Instead, two teams who also won their first games of the season jumped the Gators.
Notre Dame started off slow against Louisville but ultimately beat the Cardinals 35-17. The Irish jumped from 9th to 8th. Texas, who beat Louisiana Tech 45-14 jumped from 10th to 9th and the Gators slid from 8 to 10.
The Gators will host UT Martin this week while Notre Dame hosts New Mexico before a trip to Athens to take on Georgia on September 21st. Texas has a big date with LSU at home this Saturday.
Full Coaches’ Poll (9/2)
5. Ohio State
8. Notre Dame
11. Texas A&M
14. Penn State
20. Michigan State
21. Washington State
24. Boise State