After my University of Florida Gators (yes I own the school) beat LSU the immediate talk was whether the Gators would be ranked #2? The AP voters agreed but the coaches' poll has USC #2. Before any of that discussion took place I felt like it wouldn't matter if the Gators were ranked 2, 3, or 4 this week. Why?
Next week they play on the road at Auburn. I don't like the fact that Auburn lost, even though it shows they are vulnerable, but they're going to be playing even harder to not lose two games in a row. A higher ranking is not going to help the Gators on the field. The bottom line is that they have to win. Florida is currently a two point underdog and they should be an underdog on the road.
If they beat Auburn, even by one point, I think there has to be no debate the Gators are the #2 team. They might even get some first place votes. Ohio State has such an easy road till the last week of the season when they face Michigan. They'll stay at the top for awhile. USC has narrowly beat Washington State and Washington the past two weeks and playing more Pac-10 teams make them look better then they might be.
The Gators are in the middle of what some call the most brutal schedule in college football. Alabama, LSU, @ Auburn, and Georgia. Can anyone else name a more tough four game stretch? I don't think so. I said if we won one game between LSU and Auburn I'd be happy. Now that we've beat LSU the possibility of beating Auburn to stay undefeated is reachable.
The debate as to where to rank the Gators will be a meaningless point if they lose to Auburn. If they do pull off a great victory and move to 7-0 then they belong right at that #2 spot in both polls with no debate. I just hope that happens.
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