The Florida Gators upset Tennessee to join the Florida State football team and Miami Hurricanes in the AP Top 25. What does it all mean?
We make the case for and against a modern resurgence.
Florida followed big victories with ugly losses last year, which became an offseason teaching point.
Here’s how we viewed the Florida Gators’ rankings resume after a breakthrough win over Tennessee.
Florida State, Miami and Florida are all ranked for the first time since Sept. 17, 2017.


  1. The Florida Gators upset Tennessee to join the Florida State football team and Miami Hurricanes in the AP Top 25. What does it all mean?
  2. Florida Gators football coach Billy Napier says last year’s team "couldn’t handle momentum."
  3. Florida wide receiver Eugene Wilson III (3) runs against Tennessee during the first half of Saturday's game in Gainesville.
  4. The Florida State football team had a too-close-for-comfort win that had us rethinking the Seminoles' spot on our AP top 25 ballot.
  5. The Florida Gators gave football coach Billy Napier his first rivalry win by upsetting the Tennessee Vols.
  6. The Florida Gators will try to upset the Tennessee Volunteers in one of Week 3's biggest college football games.
  7. Florida Gators football coach Billy Napier lost to the Tennessee Vols last year. That sets up a massive game for him Saturday in Gainesville.
  8. Hours before the fall's first “Monday Night Football” game, Disney and Charter Communications have settled a business dispute that had left some 15 million cable TV customers without ESPN and other Disney channels.
  9. The Florida Gators and Tennessee Volunteers have a storied football rivalry. UF doesn't mind talking about it this week.
  10. Florida State football Mike Norvell and his Seminoles are No. 1 in our AP top 25 rankings.
  11. Florida running back Montrell Johnson Jr. (2) runs through an opening past McNeese State defensive back Jaylen Jackson (10) during the first half of Saturday's game in Gainesville.
  12. Will Texas A&M's Jimbo Fisher be smiling Saturday night after his No. 23 Aggies' trip to Miami?
  13. Florida Gators quarterback Graham Mertz will try to help UF move on from an ugly season-opening loss at Utah.
  14. The Florida State football team has risen in our latest AP top 25 ballot after the Seminoles' convincing win over LSU.
  15. ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale shows a sign he uses to tell people he is unable to talk (due to an ongoing bout with vocal cord cancer) while attending the Orioles-Rays game on July 21 at Tropicana Field.
  16. Colts quarterback Anthony Richardson eludes pressure from Eagles linebacker Ben VanSumeren (57) during a preseason game last month.
  17. Florida football coach Billy Napier said he was disappointed in the Gators' performance in Thursday's loss at Utah.
  18. Florida Gators coach Billy Napier has drawn some unfavorable comparisons after the 6-8 start to his tenure.
  19. Utah cornerback JaTravis Broughton, right, defends against Florida wide receiver Ricky Pearsall (1) on an incomplete pass during Thursday's game in Salt Lake City. The game was blacked out to Spectrum customers in Tampa Bay.
  20. Billy Napier's Florida Gators have lost four consecutive games after Thursday's defeat at Utah.
  21. Utah defensive end Jonah Elliss (83) sacks Florida quarterback Graham Mertz (15) during the first half Thursday. Moments before kickoff, ESPN's coverage of the game was blacked out for all Spectrum cable and streaming customers due to an impasse with Disney, ESPN's parent company.
  22. The Florida Gators went 6-7 in Billy Napier's first year, but second-year coaches often make big jumps in performance.
  23. The Florida Gators open Billy Napier's second season at No. 14 Utah.
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