GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida defensive tackle Caleb Brantley summed up the impact of the Gators’ lopsided loss at Arkansas on Saturday in just a few words.
“Obviously, we’re out of the playoffs,” he said after the 31-10 setback.
Indeed, that loss dealt a deflating blow to the Gators (6-2, 4-2 SEC) and their goals while sending them tumbling all the way out of the College Football Playoff rankings this week.
Florida had checked in at No. 11 last week in the first CFP rankings.
The Gators still have plenty to play for as they lead the SEC East with two conference games remaining, this weekend at home against South Carolina and the following week at LSU.
But a lot has changed since last week, for sure.
Where Florida is ranked
The Gators dropped entirely out of the poll after a thorough loss to Arkansas. That’s quite a statement from the committee as to how the team is regarded nationally.
The statement being that many felt Florida hadn’t proven much with the teams it had beaten to that point and was then exposed Saturday.
The Razorbacks (6-3), with that win, jumped in at No. 25.
What it means
Pretty much what Brantley said. There are too many very good teams with better profiles ahead of the Gators at this point to come up with any scenario in which they change their fate, as it relates to the playoffs.
Especially given their current state, changing quarterbacks late in the season to replace an injured and ineffective Luke Del Rio and considering even giving a look at one of their true freshmen.
If they did win out, including those two aforementioned conference games and a non-conference showdown with Florida State, they would still seem to be no match for Alabama in the SEC championship game.
Florida’s next game
The Gators host South Carolina on Saturday at The Swamp for their final home game of the year. They’ll be honoring their seniors while competing against the coach who recruited those players to Gainesville.
Will Muschamp, who went 28-11 in four seasons at Florida from 2011-14, is in his first year at South Carolina and has the Gamecocks (5-4, 3-4) riding a three-game winning streak.