The initial College Football Playoff Ranking was released Tuesday night, with the Florida Gators sitting at the No. 10 spot.
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It's a marked difference for the Gators -- who finished last year with a 7-5 overall record. Currently at 7-1, it has a great chance to climb up the rankings before a possible SEC Conference Title Game. The remaining competition on their schedule includes lowly Vanderbilt, two struggling programs in FAU and South Carolina, and a regular season-ending contest against in-state rival Florida State.
Conventional wisdom suggests Florida having no issues with the next three games. While FSU will likely provide a stiff test, this clash also provides Florida with yet another opportunity for a marquee win. If it can win out in the regular season, there's no telling how high McElwain's team will be ranked.
Fellow SEC foes LSU and Alabama are ranked No. 2 and No. 4, respectively.