Capital One Orange Bowl University of Florida Gators vs. University of Virginia College Football in Miami Gardens, Florida, USA on December 30, 2019. Photo and Caption: Gregory Reed
The Florida Gators have come out on top in the league of college sports.
The Gators’ third football season under Coach Dan Mullen is starting right where the Gators finished their first two seasons under Mullen’s leadership in the nation’s top 10. The Gators are ranked No. 8 in the Amway Coaches preseason poll that was released Thursday (August 6). That’s one spot lower (seventh) than they finished in last year’s final poll after going 11-2 and defeating Virginia in the Orange Bowl.
The college football team is looking to build on last year’s season and make a run at the College Football Playoff semifinals.
The Gators begin preseason camp August 17 and open the season September 26 against an SEC opponent that has yet to be determined by the conference, which has gone to a 10-game conference only schedule due to COVID-19.
The University of Florida (UF) ended last season ranked seventh.
Coach Mullen’s third team in Gainesville is among six SEC teams in the Coaches Poll – No. 3 Alabama, No. 4 Georgia, No. 5 LSU, No. 11 Auburn and No. 13 Texas A&M. UF is the only ranked Power 5 school in the state of Florida. UCF is ranked 21. The Gators return six starters on offense, including quarterback Kyle Trask, All-SEC tight end Kyle Pitts and playing senior wideout Trevon Grimes. The SEC has yet to release its 2020 schedule following last week’s decision to move to a 10-game, conference-only slate. UF is scheduled to face Georgia and LSU.
The Coaches Poll is conducted each week of the regular season using a panel of head coaches at FBS schools. The panel is chosen by random draw and includes all majors conferences plus independents from a pool of coaches willing to participate.
Below you can find a list of the complete Coaches Poll:
2. Ohio State
7. Penn St
10. Notre Dame
13. Texas A&M
16. Oklahoma State
19. North Carolina
24. Virginia Tech
25. Iowa State
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