The penultimate College Football Playoff rankings dropped on Tuesday night and there was one ranking that really stood out.
While the top four teams in the country remained unchanged, people were surprised to see that the Florida Gators remained at No. 7 despite a loss to unranked LSU.
Despite the brutal loss, the Gators fell just one spot.
Following the release of the rankings, College Football Playoff committee chairman Gary Barta addressed Florida’s rankings while speaking to the media.
“The committee this last two days spent a great deal of time talking about the grouping of Iowa State, Florida, Georgia and Cincinnati, and inside of that you had Iowa State who was idle, Cincinnati that was idle, so a lot of conversation about Florida and Georgia, and I can tell you it was back and forth, a tough loss for Florida. We did note that Kyle Pitts was out and the committee recognizes when a player is unavailable,” Barta said on a conference call.
“So it was back and forth. Georgia on the other hand, ever since they added J.T. Daniels at quarterback, their offense has taken off. Watched them, they’re averaging over 40 points a game now in the last three games since Daniels came in, but Florida beat Georgia head-to-head. So when it came down to it, you had Georgia moving up, Florida moving down, and they came in at 7 and 8 probably because of that combination, but with Florida having the head-to-head.”
Florida remains a longshot, but if the Gators are able to score a win over top-ranked Alabama in the SEC Championship they could vault right back into the playoff picture.