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How far did Florida Gators fall on our AP top 25 ballot?

Our AP voter dropped UF after the Kentucky loss and has a new No. 1 team.
Florida running back Malik Davis and the Gators fell out of our AP voter's top 10 after losing at Kentucky.
Florida running back Malik Davis and the Gators fell out of our AP voter's top 10 after losing at Kentucky. [ MICHAEL CLUBB | AP ]
Published Oct. 3

The AP top 25 ballot I submitted Sunday morning looks very, very different from the one I submitted last week, starting at the top.

I moved Georgia back to No. 1 on my ballot (ahead of Alabama) after the Bulldogs demolished Arkansas. ESPN’s SP+ metrics liked Georgia better, anyway, and crushing a top-10 Razorbacks team is the best result either team has. The Crimson Tide’s win over Florida also looks less impressive after the Gators lost at Kentucky (which we’ll get to momentarily). The gap between Georgia and ‘Bama is small, but I’m giving the slight edge to the Bulldogs this week.

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UF fell from sixth on my ballot to 19th after the 20-13 defeat. I expected to drop the Gators more than that because Kentucky’s resume isn’t great (close wins over middling teams like South Carolina and Missouri). But there were other factors, too. UF outgained Kentucky 382-224, which tells you more about how the Gators played. The Wildcats are undefeated and at least a solid team (which is why I moved them from unranked to 18th). Add in UF’s close loss to Alabama and a win over Tennessee (which blew out Mizzou), and I settled on 19th for the Gators.

Some of the big risers on my ballot this week: Michigan (up from 12th to sixth), Arizona State (from unranked to 14th after upsetting UCLA) and Oklahoma State (from unranked to 17th).

Cincinnati is a top-five team, according to our AP voter, after beating Notre Dame.
Cincinnati is a top-five team, according to our AP voter, after beating Notre Dame. [ DARRON CUMMINGS | AP ]

Cincinnati is up to fifth after beating a pretty good Notre Dame team. I only dropped Arkansas from fourth to tenth after the blowout loss to Georgia. I think the Bulldogs are simply that good. Oregon remained in my top 10 (eighth) despite losing to Stanford in overtime. The Ducks didn’t have their offensive coordinator (Joe Moorhead) due to illness, which was a factor in my decision, and Oregon’s win over Ohio State remains impressive.

Jimbo Fisher’s Aggies dropped off my ballot after losing to Mississippi State. Maryland, UCLA, Baylor and Fresno State also fell out of my rankings. Their departures made way for the Sun Devils, Cowboys, Wildcats, Mississippi State and SMU.

Here’s the AP top 25 ballot I submitted Sunday morning:

1. Georgia

2. Alabama

3. Iowa

4. Penn State

5. Cincinnati

6. Michigan

7. Oklahoma

8. Oregon

9. Ohio State

10. Arkansas

11. BYU

12. Michigan State

13. Mississippi

14. Arizona State

15. Wake Forest

16. Coastal Carolina

17. Oklahoma State

18. Kentucky

19. Florida

20. Notre Dame

21. Mississippi State

22. North Carolina State

23. Clemson

24. Texas

25. SMU

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