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Gators in front of early pre-season college rankings of state schools

Abbey Radeka

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With the countdown until the beginning of college football season underway, many national sports outlets are beginning to make predictions about how each team is going to stack up.

Earlier this week, Athlon Sports and contributor Steven Lassan released their ranking for all 130 Division 1 College Football Teams in 2019.

Lassan said that rather than ranking where the teams are going into the season, they are projecting where each team will land at the end of the season, after the National Championship in January.

Here’s where each college in Florida is predicted to rank in descending order:

77. USF, The Bulls unsurprisingly fall in last place in the state of Florida, after becoming the first school in FBS history to win their first seven games and then lose out with six straight the rest of the way. Entering into his third season, with the return of QB Blake Barnett and some solid coaching changes, this will be a make it or break it year for head coach Charlie Strong.

33. Florida State, Not a bad spot for the seminoles considering they are coming off of one of the worst seasons since Bobby Bowden’s early coaching years. FSU will try to sort out starting in August: their starting QB, bolster their tattered O-Line and get back the aggressive hard-hitting defense that made them one of dominant programs in college football for 30+ years. It’s definitely a tall task, but FSU definitely has a talent base to be improved.

28. Miami, after a lackluster 7-6 performance last season, the Hurricanes offseason momentum has been like a “recruiting runaway train” for new head coach Manny Diaz. Though falling just three spots shy of the top 25, the Canes are predicted to have one of strongest defensive units in their conference.

22. UCF, Athlon awarded UCF the highest spot of any school not in a power 5 conference, but despite another undefeated regular season for the Knights, their #22 spot might have something to do with star QB McKenzie Milton expected to sit out this season due to the injury to his right leg last November. We’ll be interested to see who’ll be leading the Knights offense in their season opener on August 29th against Florida A&M.

8. Florida, With Dan Mullen leading the Gators to one the most improved seasons in all of college football last season, it’s to be expected that they should end next season as the best team in Florida. A season, that Mullen can’t wait to start soon enough, to have games take the place of off-field controversy for his program.

In other unsurprising news, Alabama and Clemson landed the overall #1 and #2 spots, so we’ll be excited to see if any of these Florida schools can exceed pre-season expectations, or if it will be another National Championship rematch.

Abbey is a native Floridan who grew up a fan of all Tampa Bay sports teams. She’s recently graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Media Communication Studies. In her time at FSU, she was an In-Game Host for the Basketball and Baseball teams, and reported for Seminole Sports Magazine, producing feature stories that appeared on Fox Sports Sun. She’s excited to share her perspective on all of Florida’s Football teams, especially the Seminoles.

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