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Gators ranked No. 6 in final AP poll

Florida stays put after Orange Bowl win, but still finishes in top 10 for second straight season

Florida head coach Dan Mullen stands with running back Lamical Perine as he holds the Orange Bowl trophy after the Gators defeated Virginia 36-28, Dec. 30, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Florida.
Florida head coach Dan Mullen stands with running back Lamical Perine as he holds the Orange Bowl trophy after the Gators defeated Virginia 36-28, Dec. 30, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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.

RankingSchoolRecord
No. 1LSU15-0
No. 2Clemson14-1
No. 3Ohio State13-1
No. 4Georgia12-2
No. 5Oregon12-2
No. 6Florida11-2
No. 7Oklahoma12-2
No. 8Alabama11-2
No. 9Penn State11-2
No. 10Minnesota11-2
No. 11Wisconsin10-4
No. 12Notre Dame11-2
No. 13Baylor11-3
No. 14Auburn9-4
No. 15Iowa10-3
No. 16Utah11-3
No. 17Memphis12-2
No. 18Michigan9-4
No. 19Appalachian State13-1
No. 20Navy11-2
No. 21Cincinnati11-3
No. 22Air Force11-2
No. 23Boise State12-2
No. 24UCF10-3
No. 25Texas8-5

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.