- Jeff Barlis, College Football
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- How bad was Florida's last week? The Gators followed up their only blowout loss of the season, which occurred in UK's house of horrors (known as Rupp Arena), with a big bummer against Tennessee. The final tally -- two losses, three injuries and a slide down the polls. Here's what was written and said about UF across the ESPN universe:
There are only four weeks until the start of March Madness. What can we expect from not until then? Jason King lists Florida among his "four blue bloods who could fall flat on their faces and make an early exit." Ouch.
Eamonn Brennan has the Gators as his only SEC team that "should be in", which is better than the cluster of teams that still have work to do. Still, he says the Gators had better improve their lackluster defense. Hard to argue.
Jay Bilas is always fair, right? In Week 9 of The Bilas Index, Jay still has the Gators ranked high and says he wouldn't want to play UF in the tourney. Alabama falls the farthest down the Index.
Florida is ranked No. 12, down four spots from its initial rating. Here is an explanation of how the BPI is determined.
Andy Katz calls Florida's loss to Tennessee "a major concern for UF going forward."
The Atlantic 10 moved up to No. 7 and the Big Ten increased its human rating in ESPN Stats and Info’s weekly college basketball rankings. The SEC appears to have fourth place locked down.
In these ESPN rankings that are updated every Thursday, Florida fell only two spots from ninth to 11th after losing to Kentucky.
Grantland writer Mark Titus reminds us that he picks his top teams based on how far they'll go in March. Florida is No. 11, while Kentucky is No. 1 and looking unbeatable after dismantling the Gators last week.
Joe Lunardi drops Florida all the way to a No. 5 seed after the Gators had been as high as a No. 3 seed.
Doug Gottlieb and Andy Katz are joined by Ryan Burr as they react to the weekend games and how the outcomes will affect the upcoming NCAA Tournament.They talk about how Florida looked bad against Kentucky and followed that up by losing to Tennessee. Andy says he is done with Florida.
We’re still a month away from Selection Sunday, but after withstanding another punch on the road Saturday – at the end of a week when so many top teams showed their vulnerability – it’s become increasingly clear that Kentucky is the clear national-title favorite. Myron Medcalf assesses the Cats and says they made the Gators look like a prep squad in their game last week.
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