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Gators are #8 in AP and Coaches' polls

The Florida Gators jumped two spots in the USA TODAY Amway coaches' poll and three spots to #8 in the Associated Press poll on Sunday, just a day after going 9-1 on the season, finishing 7-1 in the SEC, and beating South Carolina on the road 24-14.

It is the highest the Gators have been ranked all year and another milestone for this group of football players and coaches that most believe have overachieved well beyond what many could have imagined. 

While the coaches' and AP polls may not have any effect on the outcome of the College Football Playoff rankings they are sure to draw some attention to the committee that will pick the final four teams at the end of the year that will playoff for the national championship. 

LSU, Stanford, and Baylor all lost on Saturday and dropped behind the Gators, while Oklahoma was the one to upset Baylor and leapfrogged Florida by one spot. 

Florida was at #11 the College Football Playoff Poll that was posted on Tuesday, but four teams ahead of the Gators lost and they should likely move up at least three spots in that poll that will be released again on this Tuesday. 

The Gators still have games to play at home against Florida Atlantic and Florida State, then  taking on the SEC West Champion in Atlanta before the final poll is released. If Alabama (#3 in the coaches' poll) beats Auburn or Ole Miss (#25) loses one of two remaining SEC contests, then the Gators will face the Crimson Tide in Atlanta. 

The #8 ranking marks the highest of the season for Florida who many projected to finish fourth or fifth in the Eastern Division of the SEC in 2015. Florida swept the East this year going 6-0 and the only blemish is a seven point set back to Top 20 LSU on the road. 

With the 7th win in an SEC contest on Saturday, Florida head coach Jim McElwain is the first coach in Gator history to win seven conference games in his first season. 

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