Gators Steal Win From Tennessee, Slide Into The National Polls


After a thrilling come-from-behind victory over SEC East rival Tennesssee on Saturday in the Swamp, the Florida Gators moved into the national polls for the first time this season coming in at #23 in The Amway coaches poll and #25 in the AP.

The Gators looked anything but a ranked football team for the first 50 minutes of Saturday’s game. Missed tackles, inopportune penalties, and a moribund offense left the home crowd wondering if the Gators might even become bowl eligible this season.

That is until true freshman quarterback Will Grier channeled his inner Tom Brady and led the Gators to two long drives and two touchdowns in the last ten minutes to steal a 28-27 victory.

The win moved the Gators to 4-0 on the season and 2-0 in the SEC.

Apparently the fortitude showed by this young Gators team when almost everyone but themselves had given up hope was impressive enough to overcome the sloppiness of the first 50 minutes in the minds of voters.

The move into the polls certainly ups the stakes for next week’s inter divisional matchup with #5 Ole Miss.

Game time for this newly minted top 25 matchup in the Swamp is set for 6 PM central time and will be televised on ESPN.

Amway Poll

FULL RANKINGS
TOP 25 TEAMS, WEEK 5

RANK TEAM RECORD

1 Ohio State 4-0

2 Michigan State 4-0

3 Texas Christian 4-0

4 Baylor 3-0

5 Mississippi 4-0

6 Georgia 4-0

7 Notre Dame 4-0

8 Louisiana State 3-0

9 Florida State 3-0

10 UCLA 4-0

11 Clemson 3-0

12 Utah 4-0

13 Alabama 3-1

14 Oklahoma 3-0

15 Texas A&M 4-0

16 Southern California 3-1

17 Northwestern 4-0

18 Wisconsin 3-1

19 Oklahoma State 4-0

20 Stanford 3-1

21 West Virginia 3-0

22 Mississippi State 3-1

23 Florida 4-0

24 California 4-0

24 Oregon 2-2

*Hi/Low Rankings

AP

The AP Top 25 Poll

(###) Number of first place votes

1 Ohio State (45)

Record: 4-0

1,482 votes

2 Michigan State  (5)

Record: 4-0

1,397 votes

3 Mississippi  (10)

Record: 4-0

1,349 votes

4 TCU 

Record: 4-0

1,254 votes

5 Baylor 

Record: 3-0

1,196 votes

6 Notre Dame 

Record: 4-0

1,163 votes

7 UCLA 

Record: 4-0

1,156 votes

8 Georgia 

Record: 4-0

1,147 votes

9 LSU 

Record: 3-0

1,075 votes

10 Utah (1)

Record: 4-0

1,034 votes

11 Florida State 

Record: 3-0

888 votes

12 Clemson 

Record: 3-0

853 votes

13 Alabama 

Record: 3-1

850 votes

14 Texas A&M 

Record: 4-0

776 votes

15 Oklahoma 

Record: 3-0

747 votes

16 Northwestern 

Record: 4-0

566 votes

17 USC 

Record: 3-1

509 votes

18 Stanford 

Record: 3-1

486 votes

19 Wisconsin 

Record: 3-1

309 votes

20 Oklahoma State 

Record: 4-0

281 votes

21 Mississippi State 

Record: 3-1

211 votes

22 Michigan 

Record: 3-1

209 votes

23 West Virginia 

Record: 3-0

179 votes

24 California 

Record: 4-0

149 votes

25 Florida 

Record: 4-0

140 votes

Others Receiving Votes:

Toledo 68, Oregon 64, Arizona 48, Boise St. 38, Iowa 37, Texas Tech 36, Houston 23, Duke 18, Temple 17, Miami 14, Kansas St. 12, Memphis 11, NC State 10, Navy 9, BYU 5, Minnesota 5, Tennessee 4


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