Gators finish 7th in AP Top 25 poll

Dan Mullen’s first season in Gainesville was a resounding success and the Gators’ final ranking is a testament to how far the program has come in just one year.

The Florida Gators finished No. 7 in the final Associated Press college football rankings, a place they share with fellow SEC East foe Georgia. This is the highest the Gators have been ranked in the final AP Top 25 poll since 2009, when they finished third overall in Tim Tebow’s last season.

Dan Mullen became the third head coach in history to win 10 games in a debut season with a current Power Five team after inheriting a team that won less than five games in the previous season. This is also the second largest turnaround in school history in terms of total wins as Florida went 10-3 following a 4-7 record in 2017.

Florida was jumped by LSU in the final poll despite beating the Tigers in the regular season and both teams winning their bowl game. Florida blasted Michigan 41-15 in the Peach Bowl while LSU beat UCF 40-32 in the Fiesta Bowl.

Following a convincing win over Alabama in the National Championship, Clemson received all 61 first place votes.

Army (19) finished ranked for the first time since 1996 and No. 21 Northwestern became the first team to finished ranked after starting the season 1-3 since Miami did so in 1995.

The SEC led all conferences with six ranked teams followed by the Big Ten, Big 12 and Mountain West. The ACC will claim the National Championship but has just one other team (Syracuse) ranked in the top 25.

1. Clemson (61)
2. Alabama
3. Ohio State
4. Oklahoma
5. Notre Dame
6. LSU
t7. Florida
t7. Georgia
9. Texas
10. Washington State
11. UCF
12. Kentucky
13. Washington
14. Michigan
15. Syracuse
16. Texas A&M
17. Penn State
18. Fresno State
19. Army
20. West Virginia
21. Northwestern
22. Utah State
23. Boise State
24. Cincinnati
25. Iowa

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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