Despite a disappointing end to the 2015 season, Florida made the final Associated Press poll.
The highest spot Florida reached in the AP poll this season was No. 8, earning that ranking twice after road wins over Missouri and South Carolina.
But after beating the Gamecocks, Florida was taken to overtime by Florida Atlantic and closed out the year with a three-game losing streak.
McElwain said complacency doomed the Gators once they wrapped up conference play, a lesson he hopes his players will learn from for 2016.