Florida Gators ranked No. 8 in the College Football Playoff poll

The Florida Gators (9-1, 7-1 SEC) climbed three spots in the latest College Football Playoff poll to No. 8 in the country when the rankings were released on Tuesday night. Florida benefitted from several teams losing in front of them and took care of business beating South Carolina on the road last Saturday.

The Gators will face two more ranked teams this season in No. 14 Florida State and No. 2 Alabama in the SEC Championship game.

With three more weekends left before the final rankings come out and the top four teams that will participate in the playoff are picked the Gators continue to control their own destiny. If Florida navigates their way through the next three weeks of the season unbeaten they will certainly find themselves in the top four. If they slip up in any of those game, they’re out.

It’s simple, win and you’re in for the Florida Gators.

Complete Top 25
1. Clemson
2. Alabama
3. Ohio State
4. Notre Dame
5. Iowa
6. Oklahoma State
7. Oklahoma
8. Florida
9. Michigan State
10. Baylor
11. Stanford
12. Michigan
13. Utah
14. FSU
15. LSU
16. Navy
17. North Carolina
18. TCU
19. Houston
20. Northwestern
21. Memphis
22. Ole Miss
23. Oregon
24 USC
25. Wisconsin

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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