Florida football had a low ceiling this year. They’re still rebuilding with a transfer quarterback and a lot of question marks.
But through seven games, this team has surpassed a lot of those expectations and is already right at their preseason win total.
However, despite what they’ve shown so far this season and the big wins that they’ve pulled off within the SEC, the Gators are still fighting for respect among a lot of national media.
On3 released their week 9 SEC power rankings earlier today, and it’s clear that the Gators are still being slighted on a national scale.
Florida football: On-field results should matter
Here are the full power rankings released by On3 today:
The Gators come in at number seven, right behind a Tennessee team that walked into Gainesville with their heads high, only to leave humbled and beaten.
Now, on the other side of that, the Gators are two spots ahead of a Kentucky team that made them look really bad a few weeks ago.
But Florida hasn’t lost a conference game by almost 40 points.
Anyways, back to the main point of this piece. What has Tennesse shown on the field to put them ahead of Florida?
Even more so, what is it that they’ve done that’s worth more than literally beating them a couple of weeks ago head-to-head?
It’s simple really: there isn’t anything. This is a Gators team, that like I’ve said, came into the season with a lot of doubters and people saying they wouldn’t be any good.
At 5-2, with losses to Utah and Kentucky, people still want to see more out of this team before they give them any real respect.
A win against Georgia this weekend would do just that. And no, we’re not going to play the moral victory game if we lose that by one possession or less.
This Florida team is tough, and they know they still have a lot left to prove.