Florida college football power rankings: week three
Misery loves company. Or, more accurately, I should say that misery likes bad company. This motto ring true last week as it truly feels like a race to the bottom for what was once the top echelon of Florida state college football programs.
For only the fifth time in 43 seasons, the state’s three big college football teams – Miami, Florida and Florida State – have all lost on the same day. On the eve of the tripartite deficit, one of the state’s rising programs, UCF, dropped a 42-35 shootout against an average Louisville team. Overall, the state of Florida state football appears to be in jeopardy – with the exception of the Gators, who played a close game against the best in the country. This is a drastic drop from previous years, and even earlier this year, where there was a lot of optimism for Florida and Miami to fight in the nation’s top 15.
For just the fifth time in 43 seasons, Miami, Florida State and Florida all lost on the same day.
◻️ Miami No. 24 lost to Michigan State, 38-17
◻️ Florida State lost to Wake Forest, 35-14
◻️ Florida No.11 lost to Alabama No.1, 31-29 pic.twitter.com/ofXdWBXwfZ
– The Athletic (@TheAthletic) September 18, 2021
Below is the current state of the Florida State Football Week 3 standings:
Ranking: 11th (AP Top 25), 11th (USA Today Coaching Survey)
Third week result: 31-29 Loss to Alabama (# 1)
Match of the fourth week: against Tennessee (-20.0)
Even without taking into account the crushing loss to Miami on Saturday, the Gators proved they are in a league of their own within the state with their game against the Crimson Tide on Saturday. The 31-29 loss to Gainesville could have easily played out much the same as the Canes’ 44-13 season opener against Alabama, as the Gators entered the second quarter 21-3 behind. . However, the head coach Dan Mullen and the company, like Tom Petty, would not back down. Without an extra point missed by Gator, an abandoned interception or a poorly executed two-point conversion that would have tied the game on Saturday, Florida could be ranked well at playoff strike distance today.
In 2020, Florida played Bama on paper in the SEC Championship as they lost 52-46. However, Saturday’s game looked a lot closer and it looked like the Gators had proven that they could not only hang on to playoff teams but could very well be part of the conversation during bowling season. . The Gators have an SEC-compliant cupcake program until they take on No.2 Georgia on October 30 at the world’s biggest outdoor cocktail party. Florida are getting a week off before this game and could also get more reps from Redshirt Freshman QB, a super athlete, Anthony richardson, who may be able to help in the big late-game plays – he was not to play at all on Saturday unless he started QB, Emory jones, was injured.
Many Miami fans were hoping the Gators would continue to slide on Saturday after the tough first quarter, which immediately followed the Canes’ devastating loss to Michigan State.
2: UCF Knights (2-1) (Previous: 2nd)
Ranking: 46th (USA Today Coaching Poll – 6 points); 48th (Athleticism Power ratings)
Third week result: 42-35 Defeat at Louisville
Match of the fourth week: GOODBYE THE WEEK
After losing RB, Isaiah BowserAt the start of Friday night’s game against Louisville, Cardinals QB Malik Cunningham was up to his arms and legs. The prognosis for Bowser appears to be week over week, but the Knights have taken a bigger hit as a QB star, Dillon gabriel, will probably be out for the season with a broken collarbone, which occurred during the last part of the match. The loss is difficult as the junior had been a strong leader in the field for UCF. However, HC Guz Malzahn sees this as an opportunity to join forces with a true freshman QB, Mikey Keene, who has shown poise this season, albeit primarily in cleaning service. The three-star Arizona rookie has a winning mentality as he has won 23 straight games in high school en route to a state title.
Ranking: 52nd (USA Today Coaching Poll – 1 point); 37th (Athleticism Power ratings)
Third week result: 38-17 Loss to Michigan State
Match of the fourth week: vs. Central Connecticut State University
Objects in the mirror may be closer than they appear as FAU and their QB / old Cane, N’Kosi Perry, look online to potentially run the table. Miami, on the other hand, can’t seem to go out of its own way as it seeks to stamp out missed tackles, dropped passes, penalties and turnovers by resetting into an easy clash against the non-major CCSU before their slate. ACC. The biggest question mark before the ACC slate is whether QB, By Eriq King, will be ready to roll, and if the depth chart will be realigned according to the game at the start of the season.
Ranking: 87th (Athleticism Power ratings)
Third week result: 45-14 Victory over Fordham
Match of the fourth week: @ Air Force (-4.5)
The tour continues for QB N’Kosi Perry who had another clean stat sheet with 278 yards and two touchdowns against Fordham. Another big comeback story for the Owls is the senior wide receiver turned close end, John mitchell, who was named Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year. Mitchell has become a favorite target for Perry as he has 11 receptions for 141 yards and two touchdowns. The road has not been easy as Mitchell suffered both an ACL and bilateral meniscus tear last September, which ruled him out for the 2020 season (the second time he suffered an injury ending seasonally). The Tallahassee, Florida native hopes to become a doctor.
FAU is a slight underdog this week on the road against Air Force. They have some close clashes coming up this season against not only the Air Force, but also UAB and Western Kentucky. They could play on black horse at Conference-USA.
Ranking: 89th (Athleticism Power ratings)
Third week result: 35-14 Loss at Wake Forest
Match of the fourth week: against Louisville (+2.0)
The good news is that the country’s number one rookie in 2022, cornerback, Travis Hunter, confirms that he “remains engaged”. The Noles had better get him signed ASAP, and could certainly use the nervous athlete this season, if given the choice.
The QB wellness story, McKenzie Milton, is the one everyone is looking for, so hopefully he can bounce back from a 119-yard performance and two interceptions against Wake. Looks like the other QB of Noles, Jordan travis, will be questionable against Louisville. The brightest point for the Noles, beyond keeping Hunter’s commitment for the moment, was Georgia Transfer DE, Jermaine johnson ii, who is first in the NCAA with 5.0 sacks and tied for first with 7.0 tackles for a loss. He could be a top defenseman in the 2022 NFL Draft.
6: Florida International Panthers (1-2) (Previous: 6th)
Ranking: 117th (Athleticism Power ratings)
Third week result: 54-21 Loss to Texas Tech
Match of the fourth week: @ Central Michigan (+10.0)
The FIU is returning to a more even game list after its 54-21 loss to Texas Tech, as it will face central Michigan ahead of an out-of-state clash against FAU. NFL Prospect RB, D’Vonte Price, had the opportunity to show off his skills against a Power Five team, but averaged just 3.4 yards per carry (15 carries, 51 yards and 1 TD).
Ranking: 126th (Athleticism Power ratings)
Third week result: 38-17 Victory over Florida A&M
Match of the fourth week: @ BYU (# 15) (+ 23.0)
For the first time since September 12, 2020, the Bulls have found the winning column by beating FCS opponent, FAMU! It’s unlikely to be a streak as they take on the nation’s 15th best team, BYU. USF recently lost the former Cane CB, Christian williams, which will likely be out of action for at least an additional 4-5 weeks.