Florida drops two spots in Coaches Poll

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)
1. Clemson
2. Alabama
3. Georgia
4. Oklahoma
5. Ohio State
6. LSU
7. Michigan
8. Notre Dame
9. Texas
10. Florida
11. Texas A&M
12. Washington
13. Auburn
14. Penn State
15. Utah
16. Wisconsin
17. UCF
18. Oregon
19. Iowa
20. Michigan State
21. Washington State
22. Syracuse
23. Stanford
24. Boise State
25. Nebraska

Nick de la Torre
A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC