GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Gators’ football season came to an end Nov. 25 after a 38-22 loss to Florida State, although it felt like the season ended long before that.
In the eight days since, the Gators hired a new coach in Dan Mullen and began a reboot of the program they hope will restore Florida football to its championship ways.
Meanwhile, the Gators finished at No. 11 in the final edition of the SEC Country Power Poll, which was released Sunday. Florida was just behind No. 10 Ole Miss and just ahead of No. 12 Arkansas. The Gators were fifth in the SEC East, ahead of No. 13 Vanderbilt and No. 14 Tennessee.
Florida closed the 2017 season with a 4-7 record, marking the second time in five years that the Gators boasted a losing record after not doing so before that since 1979.
Coach Jim McElwain was ousted from the program Oct. 28 after a brutal loss to Georgia that capped a tumultuous week highlighted by McElwain’s claim about alleged death threats to people inside his program. Defensive coordinator Randy Shannon assumed the interim head coach role for the final month of the season, during which the Gators went 1-3.
The 20 SEC Country Power Poll voters this week unanimously picked Georgia as the No. 1 team after the Bulldogs defeated the Auburn Tigers 28-7 in the SEC Championship on Saturday.
Your Week 14 Power Poll rankingsResults are below:
|1||Georgia (13 - 2)||260||20||3||1||1|
|2||Auburn (10 - 4)||232||0||1||2||3|
|3||Alabama (13 - 1)||228||0||2||2||3|
|4||LSU (9 - 4)||198||0||4||4||5|
|5||Mississippi State (9 - 4)||172||0||5||4||9|
|6||South Carolina (9 - 4)||150||0||6||5||12|
|7||Texas A&M (7 - 6)||137||0||7||5||10|
|8||Missouri (7 - 6)||121||0||8||5||10|
|9||Kentucky (7 - 6)||105||0||9||8||11|
|10||Ole Miss (6 - 6)||85||0||10||8||11|
|11||Florida (4 - 7)||62||0||11||6||13|
|12||Arkansas (4 - 8)||43||0||12||7||14|
|13||Vanderbilt (5 - 7)||23||0||13||12||14|
|14||Tennessee (4 - 8)||4||0||14||12||14|
This week's voters:
Alex Hickey (SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith (SEC Country)
Andrew Astleford (SEC Country)
Ben Wolk (SEC Country)
Brandon Walker (SEC Country)
Christopher Walsh (SEC Country)
Eric Bolin (SEC Country)
Hale McGranahan (SEC Country)
Joe Mussatto (SEC Country)
Jordan Mcpherson (SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Thomas Neumann (SEC Country)
Trent Shadid (SEC Country)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)