For the second week in a row, the Florida Gators are ranked at No. 6 in the College Football Playoff rankings. The top seven teams did not move in the second installment of the 2020 rankings.
Below, you can find the top 25 in its entirety.
1, Alabama (8-0)
2. Notre Dame (9-0)
3. Clemson (8-1)
4. Ohio State (4-0)
5. Texas A&M (6-1)
6. Florida (7-1)
7. Cincinnati (8-0)
8. Georgia (6-2)
9. Iowa State (7-2)
10 Miami (7-1)
11. Oklahoma (6-2)
12. Indiana (5-1)
13. Brigham Young (9-0)
14. Northwestern (5-1)
15. Oklahoma State (6-2)
16. Wisconsin (2-1)
17. North Carolina (6-3)
18. Coastal Carolina (9-0)
19. Iowa (4-2)
20. Southern California (3-0)
21. Marshall (7-0)
22. Washington (3-0)
23. Oregon (3-1)
24. Tulsa (5-1)
25. Louisiana-Lafayette (8-1)
In total, four teams can be found from the SEC within the top 25, in fact, within the top 10: Alabama, Texas A&M, Florida, and Georgia.
A win over Tennessee this weekend would lock the Gators into a spot for Dec. 19’s SEC Championship Game, likely to be against Alabama which can clinch the SEC West with a win over LSU on Saturday. Florida has no remaining East games left, and while the Crimson Tide will see divisional opponent Arkansas on Dec. 12, Alabama has the head-to-head advantage over Texas A&M if the two programs end with identical West records.
It’s this simple: If Florida wins out, including in Atlanta against the Crimson Tide, the Gators will make the College Football Playoff for the first time.
The No. 6 Florida Gators (7-1) are getting hot at the right time after recording three interceptions in its 34-10 victory over the Kentucky Wildcats (3-6). One of the interceptions would come from freshman defensive back Tre’Vez Johnson, one of the future key contributors for the Florida defense.
Overall, the Gators defense had an up-and-down outing, specifically during the first half in contrast with the second half in which the Florida defense was absolutely dominating against the Wildcats. One aspect of its defense that wasn’t up-and-down, however, was its pass defense, allowing just 62 passing yards on the day.
Johnson, recording the first interception of his career was humble in the postgame, stating that there are more picks to come while reiterating that it was simply good to get a victory.
“It was great,” said Johnson when asked about his interception. “I mean, that was the first of many. But, like, it was good to get the win, I’m glad we came out with the win. But, it was exciting.”
Johnson’s interception would come against his former high-school teammate and quarterback in Joey Gatewood.
The Gators are not 7-1 heading into the final two games of its regular season against the Tennessee Volunteers and the LSU Tigers to finish a 10-game, conference-only schedule. With a victory next week they’ll be able to lock up the SEC East and head to Atlanta for the SEC Championship game, presumably against the Alabama Crimson Tide, who are the current leaders in the west.
Johnson is just one of many young contributors within the Florida secondary that is currently manned by veterans such as cornerbacks Kaiir Elam and Marco Wilson Johnson, he says, has learned from both of them, two “elite” players.
“I mean, they’ve been here, they’re the vets,” said Johnson. “So, I listen to everything they tell us, everything that they explain to me, I take it in because I know they know, they’ve been here. They’re elite, they do what they do, so it’s great to have them around.”
The Gators were able to secure two other interceptions beyond Johnson’s during the game, the first by linebacker Mohamoud Diabate and the second by safety Shawn Davis. Prior to the second half of the game, however, Florida was reeling defensively, unable to get off the field.
Even as a freshman, Johnson understands the ebbs and flows of a contest, knowing how quickly the tides can turn, eventually getting back to the “Gators’ standard.”
“I mean, we play all four quarters, you gonna have to play all four quarters versus us,” Johnson said when asked about the defense’s early struggles prior to turning it around in the second half.
“So, we know the game [is] never over, we know we come out here to win. So, just going into the second half, we knew we had to come out with more energy than we did in the first half. Come out, play better team, play to the Gators’ standard. So, I
On this Election Day, Florida Gators coach Dan Mullen has become like one of those frustrating, filibustering politicians who says and does inexplicable things that make you question his honesty and judgment.
He’s like President Donald Trump saying we’ve “turned the corner” on the pandemic when really we haven’t. He’s like Joe Biden saying he was once arrested in South Africa while trying to visit Nelson Mandela when really he wasn’t.
The latest Mullen misstep came Saturday night at the end of the first half of a resounding 41-17 victory over Missouri. After Florida quarterback Kyle Trask was hit late after he released a Hail Mary, officials mistakenly did not throw a flag and an enraged Mullen charged across the field toward the Missouri sideline to scream at officials. Mullen (not wearing a face mask, by the way) had to be held back by coaches and law enforcement, escalating a situation that turned into a melee, with multiple players from both teams exchanging blows.
To make matters worse, Mullen actually had the audacity to say that he didn’t think his actions were inappropriate. Fittingly dressed in a Darth Vader costume at his postgame Halloween night news conference, Mullen told reporters, “I was trying to get our players off the field to make sure we didn’t have issues and have a whole bunch of guys suspended.”
Uh, Dan, I don’t know if you realize this, but the game was on television and there were actually cameras recording you and video showing you losing your mind. Why are you simply making up a story that is obviously untrue? It would have been much more acceptable if you had just simply said, “I got emotional and lost my cool momentarily after seeing our quarterback get hit with a cheap shot. I need to do a better job of keeping my composure.”
Mullen got off easy Monday when SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey reprimanded him and fined him a scant $25,000 — the same amount Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin was fined recently for simply retweeting a critical comment about SEC officials. What Mullen did was much worse and should have merited a much heavier fine; if not a suspension. Of course, with the monumental Florida-Georgia game coming up this weekend, the SEC simply didn’t have the stomach to issue a suspension of UF’s head coach.
Said Mullen in a statement released by the team on Monday: “I respect the decision from the conference office. As the head coach, it is my responsibility to diffuse these types of situations, and I didn’t live up to that standard.”
Why couldn’t Mullen have come out with that statement after the game on Saturday instead of acting as if he did nothing wrong? This is just another recent blunder for Mullen, who has been an excellent football coach for the Gators, but he is quickly turning into a PR nightmare.
This isn’t the first time Mullen has had to backtrack after saying or doing something stupid in recent
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A documentary on former University of Florida receiver Carlos Alvarez, one of the first college athletes to mix playing and protests, makes its debut next week.
Produced by ESPN Films as part of its SEC Storied collection, “The All-American Cuban Comet” will premiere on Oct. 27, at 8:30 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.
Alvarez, 70, burst on the scene during the 1969 season when he and fellow “Super Soph” John Reaves became the most dangerous passing duo in the Southeastern Conference. They helped lead the upstart Gators to a 9-1-1 record and victory over Tennessee in the Gator Bowl.
“Carlos Alvarez shook up college football. It was just bombs away and, man, where did this come from?” said Steve Spurrier, the former Gators coach who, three years before Alvarez burst on the scene, won the Heisman Trophy as Florida’s quarterback.
Former Florida Gator Carlos Alvarez is featured in an ESPN documentary. (Photo: Rob C. Witzel)
But Alvarez was more than a football player. At a time when protests against the Vietnam War and racial issues ravaged college campuses, the Cuban immigrant and future attorney participated in protests on the Gainesville campus while a student at Florida. He actively supported the integration of Florida’s football team and was a founding member of one of the country’s first athlete unions.
“I think that’s the trouble with a lot of people today. They don’t get involved,” said the young Alvarez, shown in a black and white video in the documentary.
Alvarez, who in 2011 became the first foreign-born Hispanic-American to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, opened the film while walking onto Florida Field.
“Being at Florida Field has always brought out the adrenaline in me,” Alvarez said.
Over the course of three seasons, the former North Miami Senior High School standout had 172 receptions for 2,563 yards and 19 touchdowns. The man known as the Cuban Comet still holds school records for receptions in a single game (15), in a single season (88) and career receiving yards (2,563).
Decorated filmmakers Gaspar González and Castor Fernandez directed and produced the film with equal emphasis on Alvarez’s playing career and campus activism, pointing to the current atmosphere of sports figures being involved in the Black Lives Matter movement and noting that was rare even in the turbulent ’60s.
“One of the things that was most exciting to us about Carlos’ story was that the fights he waged 50 years ago are completely relevant to the current moment,” González said. “Carlos understood the connection between civil rights and athletes’ rights. If you think of that generation of the 1960s, the athletes who fused sports with social consciousness, Carlos Alvarez is right there. He deserves to be remembered for that, in addition to being one of the great receivers in college football history.”