Despite win, Gators drop in two polls

Despite beating Tennessee and starting with a 1-0 record in SEC play, the Gators dropped one spot in both the USA Today Coaches and AP Top-25 Polls on Sunday to No. 19 and No. 20, respectively.

A couple of factors likely played into Florida dropping in both polls. First, Tennessee is not a very good football team and the Gators won in pretty sloppy fashion on Saturday. Second, Florida will now be without starting quarterback Jeff Driskel and with that loss comes uncertainty. Tyler Murphy played well in his place but will need to continue to get better as teams begin to gameplan for him and will start to watch film on Murphy.

As I will tell you every week, don’t lose sleep over where the Gators are ranked this week. Florida’s schedule is a gauntlet and if the Gators keep winning games on Saturday, the number next to their name will continue getting smaller.

Coaches Poll

  1. Alabama (59)
  2. Oregon (3)
  3. Ohio State
  4. Clemson
  5. Stanford
  6. LSU
  7. Louisville
  8. Florida State
  9. Texas A&M
  10. Georgia
  11. Oklahoma State
  12. Oklahoma
  13. South Carolina
  14. UCLA
  15. Miami
  16. Northwestern
  17. Michigan
  18. Baylor
  19. Florida
  20. Washington
  21. Mississippi
  22. Notre Dame
  23. Fresno State
  24. Wisconsin
  25. Texas Tech


AP Top 25

  1. Alabama (56)
  2. Oregon (4)
  3. Clemson
  4. Ohio State
  5. Stanford
  6. LSU
  7. Louisville
  8. Florida State
  9. Georgia
  10. Texas A&M
  11. Oklahoma State
  12. South Carolina
  13. UCLA
  14. Oklahoma
  15. Miami
  16. Washington
  17. Northwestern
  18. Michigan
  19. Baylor
  20. Florida
  21. Mississippi
  22. Notre Dame
  23. Wisconsin
  24. Texas Tech
  25. Fresno State
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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


  1. We deserved to drop in two polls. While the refreshing prowess of Murphy was key in the win(along with our “D”) the sloppiness and turnovers will ruin our season unless corrected. My guess is the team will rise to the occasion with Murphy at the helm. Here’s to restoring the glory :) Go Gators.