We get ready for the first weekend of October action around the state in college and the NFL, and here’s the latest edition of our F.F.I. Power rankings:
5. USF Bulls- The Bulls crack into the rankings thanks to the bad defeats the Bucs and Dolphins suffered. The Bulls are right outside the AP top 25 receiving the second most votes this past week. USF is quietly still undefeated with some gritty grind them out wins so far this season. Blake Barnett though has done an excellent job of leading the team in come from behind wins. Florida Transfer RB Jordan Cronkrite is also working on back to back 100-yard games. The Bulls will be on the Road vs. Massachusetts looking to stay unbeaten.
4. Florida Gators- the Gators appear in our rankings for the first time, and they did it with another great defensive performance last Saturday in Starkville. The Gators have won three straight since the record streak ending loss to Kentucky. The Gators won the “Mullen bowl” with a stout defensive effort holding the Bulldogs to 6 points and recording six sacks. Florida gets SEC West crossover rival LSU this week with a chance to make themselves heard once again in the SEC and nationally.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars- The Jags bounced back in a big way against the Jets. They may even have run up the score in the process. A week after putting up a lackluster six points they hung 31 on New York. Bortles threw two touchdown passes, including a 67-yarder to Donte Moncrief and Bortles ended up with a career-high 388 yards passing. The Jags get a tough test this week vs. the explosive Chiefs offense and QB Pat Mahomes. Oh yeah, Jalen Ramsey has already started his trash talk as well, especially with the speedy Tyrek Hill, too. This will be a great test.
2. Miami Hurricanes- The Canes have improved every week so far following the loss to LSU to open the season. Granted it has been against lesser opponents, but a win is a win. More importantly, they have found a new QB. Redshirt freshman N’Kosi Perry is the new man running the offense. After having to do minimal against North Carolina, he will need to be ready to shine against FSU. The Noles may be struggling this season but a rivalry is still a rivalry, and the defense is the only bright light so far for them. Look for Miami to pull out the turnover chain several times once again to help the freshman out.
1. UCF Knights- The Knights got the power five opponent they wanted and proceeded to dominate the game. We might be able to give McKenzie Milton the AAC player of the year already. Milton carved up the Panthers for 328 yards and four touchdowns. He also added 51 rushing yards and two more scores. With the way the Knights schedule is set up the best challenges, they will receive will be ending the year vs. Cincinnati and USF.
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