Gators Headed for Strong All-Sports Finish

With the SEC All-Sports trophies already at the engravers, the Florida Gators can also look forward to a likely top five finish in the national All-Sports standings. Florida is in sixth place with just a few sports to conclude their seasons and the Gators are in excellent shape to move up, possibly into third place. First, here are the standings through May 27.

1. Stanford 1,258.75
2. North Carolina 1,062.75
3. USC 897.00
4. Michigan 884.80
5. California 849.00
6. Florida 836.75

As you can see, the Gators are very close to third place USC. Florida will score points in men's golf. However, Florida's task will actually get tougher when the golf scores are added. USC and Michigan reached the match play while the Gators settled for 19th place. Still, Florida will score at least 90 points in softball and 60 in baseball. Add in possible strong performances by the men's and women's track teams at the NCAA Outdoors and the opportunity is there for a great finish.

California will get points in softball for losing to the Gators in the Super Regional and Michigan will get more for reaching the World Series, but none of the teams battling Florida for positions 3-6 earned bids into the Baseball Tournament while Florida is assured of no worse than a tie for ninth.

Florida's highest finish in the Sears Cup was a tie for second place in 1998. With North Carolina in the baseball Super Regional it might be tough for the Gators to catch the Tar Heels…. But it'll be fun to watch them try.


Among other teams of interest Florida State is in 18th place with Miami at 45. Around the SEC there were three other top 25 programs with LSU in 15th, Georgia 22nd and Auburn 23rd. Tennessee (26), Kentucky (34), Alabama (35), Arkansas (38) and South Carolina (50) are also in the top 50.

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