2016 SEC Country Power Poll: Where Florida is ranked (Week 14)

Florida may have reached the SEC Championship Game for the second straight year, but the Gators didn’t engender much belief that they are the second-best team in the conference with their performance Saturday.

Florida was undone by turnovers and other miscues on the way to a 54-16 loss to unbeaten Alabama, which qualified as the second-most-lopsided SEC title game in the 25-year history of the event.

With that, the Gators dropped five spots in the AP Poll to No. 20, fell two spots in the College Football Playoff rankings to No. 17 and also dropped a spot to No. 4 in the weekly SEC Country Power Poll.

The Gators (8-4), who have been blown out the last two weeks with a 31-13 loss at Florida State and then the drubbing Saturday in Atlanta, come in behind No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Auburn and No. 3 LSU in the newest installment of the power poll.

The poll consists of voters from SEC Country and around the nation.

Florida will try to stem its slide with a bounce-back performance in its final opportunity of the season. It was announced Sunday that the Gators will face Iowa (8-4, No. 21 AP) in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 2 in Tampa, Fla.

Coach Jim McElwain has emphasized the significance of his program reaching back-to-back SEC championship games, and he’s right — no matter how down the SEC East is, it’s a notable accomplishment for any coach in his first two seasons at a school.

But the Gators also face the unfortunate potential now of ending their season on a three-game losing skid, just as they did a year ago. Avoiding that scenario is key for the program as it needs a boost of positivity and optimism heading into the offseason.

As for its standing in the SEC, Florida showed Saturday it’s still not quite equipped to compete for a conference championship yet, but with Alabama around, who is? Your Week 14 Power Poll rankings

Results are below: RANK TEAM POINTS 1ST PLACE
VOTES PREV HIGH
VOTE LOW
VOTE 1 Alabama (13 – 0) 208 16 1 1 1 2 Auburn (8 – 4) 183 0 2 2 5 3 LSU (7 – 4) 178 0 4 2 4 4 Florida (8 – 4) 159 0 3 2 6 5 Texas A&M (8 – 4) 138 0 5 4 9 6 Tennessee (8 – 4) 121 0 6 4 11 7 Arkansas (7 – 5) 107 0 8 4 10 8 Kentucky (7 – 5) 97 0 7 7 9 9 Georgia (7 – 5) 91 0 9 6 12 10 Vanderbilt (6 – 6) 63 0 10 8 14 11 Mississippi State (5 – 7) 49 0 11 8 14 12 South Carolina (6 – 6) 36 0 12 10 13 13 Ole Miss (5 – 7) 16 0 13 10 14 14 Missouri (4 – 8) 10 0 14 11 14 This week’s voters:

Alec Shirkey ( SEC Country )
Alex Hickey ( SEC Country ) Alex Martin Smith ( SEC Country […]