PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – The Florida Gators couldn’t crack the top five in the final Associated Press poll released Tuesday.
Florida (11-2) finished the 2019 season ranked No. 6 in the final AP top 25 poll. It was the same spot the Gators held before their 36-28 victory against Virginia in the Orange Bowl to cap consecutive double digit-win seasons in two years under Dan Mullen.
That’s one spot higher than their 10-win campaign to conclude Mullen’s first season in 2018.
Florida’s only losses in 2019 were to eventual national champion LSU (15-0) and Georgia (12-2), which finished fourth in the final poll.
Defending national champion Clemson (14-1) finished second, followed by No. 3 Ohio State (13-1) and Georgia. Oregon (12-2) edged out Florida for the fifth spot.
|No. 3||Ohio State||13-1|
|No. 9||Penn State||11-2|
|No. 12||Notre Dame||11-2|
|No. 19||Appalachian State||13-1|
|No. 22||Air Force||11-2|
|No. 23||Boise State||12-2|
Oklahoma (12-2) fell three spots to No. 7 after losing to LSU 63-28 in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Peach Bowl.
Alabama (11-2) finished No. 8. Penn State (11-2) and Minnesota (11-2) rounded out the top 10.
No. 24 UCF (10-3) was the only other Florida team to end the season nationally ranked. The Knights capped their third straight 10-or-more-win season with a 48-25 victory against Marshall in the Gasparilla Bowl.