Gators rise in one poll, hold firm in another

The Florida Gators won their second consecutive SEC matchup on Saturday in Lexington, Kentucky and were with a two-spot jump in the AP poll from #20 to #18. The Gators remained at #19 in the USAToday Coaches Poll.

The SEC continues to boast the most ranked teams (6; Alabama, Georgia, Texas A&M, LSU, South Carolina, Florida and Ole Miss) and the Gators have four top 15 teams remaining on their schedule (LSU, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida State).

Florida will continue SEC play this Saturday as the Gators host the Arkansas Razorbacks at 7 p.m. (ESPN2) in The Swamp. The Razorbacks are 2-2 (0-1 SEC) and coming off losses at Rutgers and at home to Texas A&M.

USAToday Coaches Poll

  1. Alabama (55)
  2. Oregon (5)
  3. Clemson
  4. Ohio State
  5. Stanford
  6. Georgia
  7. Louisville
  8. Florida State
  9. Texas A&M
  10. LSU
  11. Oklahoma
  12. UCLA
  13. South Carolina
  14. Miami
  15. Washington
  16. Northwestern
  17. Baylor
  18. Florida
  19. Michigan
  20. Texas Tech
  21. Oklahoma State
  22. Arizona State
  23. Fresno State
  24. Ole Miss
  25. Maryland


AP Top-25 Poll

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