Gators to start season at No. 4 in AP poll
Apparently neither the nation's coaches nor sports writers are buying into the notion that Florida is in a rebuilding year.
The Gators will start the season with a quarterback that has never started a game, an unproven receiving corps and having lost some key starters on defense, but none of that seems to matter.
Florida will open the season at No. 4 on the AP poll, released today.
For the Gators, none of it matters right now.
"That means absolutely nothing because we’ve still got to play the season,'' senior Justin Trattou said. "What we do during the season is going to determine our roles.''
"We really don't care,'' Florida quarterback John Brantley added. "We're just trying to take it one game at a time. We're just going to concentrate on beating Miami of Ohio right now."
Florida will open the season on Sept. 4 against Miami of Ohio.
Last year, the Gators were defending national champions and opened the season at No. 1
Trattou said the Gators' veteran players are well aware of that old adage, it's not where you start but where you finish. And they plan to make sure the Florida newcomers understand that.
"In the past years, we’ve obviously been ranked higher, we’ve had more returning players,'' Trattou said. "We definitely have a different role, more of an underdog role. In 2008, we entered the season coming off a pretty rough year in '07 and we had the same type role, but we were just hungry and got after it and that’s kind of the same attitude we have now.''
Here is the first AP Top 25 Poll of the season:
1. Alabama; 2 Ohio State; 3 Boise State; 4 Florida; 5 Texas; 6 TCU; 7 Oklahoma ; 8 Nebraska; 9 Iowa; 10 Virginia Tech ;11 Oregon; 12 Wisconsin; 13 Miami (FL); 14 USC ; 15 Pittsburgh; 16 Georgia Tech; 17 Arkansas; 18 North Carolina ; 19 Penn State; 20 Florida State; 21 LSU; 22 Auburn; 23 Georgia; 24 Oregon State; 25 West Virginia.