Where S&P+ preseason rankings have the Florida Gators, FSU and more

These advanced metrics are bullish on the Gators, but not so much on the Bulls.
Florida tight end Kemore Gamble (88) celebrates after the Gators beat LSU. [Times files]
Florida tight end Kemore Gamble (88) celebrates after the Gators beat LSU. [Times files]
Published February 11

Dan Mullen’s first season at Florida was a success. His second one might be even better, at least according to one set of advanced metrics.

The Gators are No. 6 in the country in the first set of preseason S&P+ rankings, which were released Monday morning. S&P+ quantifies recruiting, recent success and returning production, and I’ve found it to be one of the most reliable set of numbers out there.

Alabama, naturally, is No. 1, followed by Georgia, Clemson, LSU, Oklahoma and then the Gators.

Miami (No. 19) is the state’s next team, and Florida State is No. 28.

UCF is 27 but not No. 1 in the AAC. That honor belongs to Memphis, which is one spot higher. USF is 71st.

Other programs of note: Jimbo Fisher’s Aggies are 13th overall but seventh in the SEC. Will Muschamp’s Gamecocks are 18th. Willie Taggart’s former program, Oregon, is eight spots higher than his current one. FSU’s first opponent, Boise State, is No. 24 and the highest Group of Five team. Lovie Smith’s Illini are No. 91 and fourth-worst among Power Five schools. Jim McElwain’s new school, Central Michigan, is No. 122.

Check out the full rankings here.

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