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The first major football poll has been released with Tuesday’s announcement of the USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll. The Florida Gators open the season as the No. 11 ranked team in the nation.

Florida is the fourth highest rated team from the Southeastern Conference, behind Alabama (1), Georgia (5), and Texas A&M (6). The Gators finished with 870 points in the poll, over one hundred points behind tenth place Cincinnati.

Florida will be tasked with replacing it’s top passer, wide receiver, and a generational talent at tight end in 2021, which may have influenced the bullish takes on the Gators entering the season.

In total six teams from the SEC were ranked inside the Top-25 including LSU (13) and Mississippi (25).

USA Today Preseason Coaches Top-25:

  1. Alabama (63 first place votes), 1621
  2. Clemson, 1508
  3. Oklahoma (2 first place votes), 1481
  4. Ohio State, 1435
  5. Georgia, 1386
  6. Texas A & M, 1286
  7. Notre Dame, 1139
  8. Iowa State, 1131
  9. North Carolina, 999
  10. Cincinnati, 979
  11. Florida, 870
  12. Oregon, 842
  13. LSU, 664
  14. Southern California, 655
  15. Wisconsin, 655
  16. Miami, 575
  17. Indiana, 573
  18. Iowa, 554
  19. Texas, 427
  20. Penn State, 422
  21. Washington, 404
  22. Oklahoma State, 216
  23. Louisiana, 153
  24. Coastal Carolina, 150
  25. Mississippi, 149

Florida opens the season on September 4 against Florida Atlantic at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 PM.

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