Gators No. 6 in first College Football Playoff Poll

The Florida Gators are No. 6 in the first College Football Playoff Poll of 2020.

The Gators come in behind Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson, Ohio State, and Texas A&M.

The Gators are behind three undefeated teams, a one-loss Clemson and a one-loss Texas A&M team that beat Florida earlier in the season. Still, the Gators control their season. If Florida runs the table, including beating Alabama in the SEC Championship, they will undoubtedly be in the final four. If they don’t, Florida will likely not fall out of a New Year’s Six bowl game, which would be the third consecutive New Years Six game for the Gators. Even if Florida were to have beaten Texas A&M and made it to the SEC Championship Game, a loss to Alabama — depending on how Ohio State, Clemson, Notre Dame, and Texas A&M finish — would have likely knocked Florida out of the playoff, so the loss to A&M doesn’t look that large in the grand scheme.

Here is a look at the complete top-25. The Committee will release new rankings on December 1, December 8, and December 15 before the final rankings that will determine who plays in the playoff on December 20.

1. Alabama
2. Notre Dame
3. Clemson
4. Ohio State
5. Texas A&M
6. Florida
8. Northwestern
9 Georgia
10. Miami
11 Oklahoma
12 Indiana
13 Iowa State
14 BYU
15 Oregon
16 Wisconsin
17 Texas
18 USC
19 North Carolina
20 Coastal Carolina
21 Marshall
22 Auburn
23 OK State
24 Iowa
25 Tulsa

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