In a week that saw a thriller between two Florida teams and a major upset involving a top 10 team, most of the Florida college football teams are hitting their stride. While the top of the power rankings are unlikely to see any movement until a loss, the bottom part of the rankings have continued to move. This week is no different as the ‘Sunshine Seven’ finished week 6 going 5-1.
#1. UCF Knights (LW: 1), Week 6 Result: 48-20 W vs. Southern Methodist, Next Week: @ Memphis
While the UCF Knights may not the most talented team in the state, their the hottest and best right now. Holding onto a nation-leading 18 game win streak, the Knights have had no trouble navigating the beginning part of their schedule. Last week was no different as the Knights gained 541 total yards on offense en route to a 28 point victory.
#2. Miami-Florida Hurricanes (LW: 2), Week 6 Result: 28-27 W vs. Florida State, Next Week: @ Virginia
While UCF rolled, the Hurricanes struggled for most of the game. Despite being down 20 points at one point game, the Hurricanes were able to rattle off 21 unanswered points, capping off a thrilling installment of the rivalry. This week, the Hurricanes face a tough test in a 3-2 Virginia on the road.
#3. Florida Gators (LW: 3), Week 6 Result: 27-19 W vs. LSU, Next Week: @ Vanderbilt
Once again, the Florida Gators aren’t officially back but they are hot. In back-to-back weeks the Gators have defeated two ranked opponents. This time, it was against 5th ranked LSU, who the Gators held to just 192 yards passing.
#4. South Florida Bulls (LW: 4), Week 6 Result: 58-42 W @ UMass, Next Week: @ Tulsa
At 5-0, USF is just one of the 11 undefeated teams in college football. Thanks in large part to a hot Blake Barnett (1308 yards, 9 touchdowns), the Bulls have had very little trouble with most of the teams on their schedule. Despite their undefeated stature, don’t count Tulsa out of a possible upset on Friday.
#5. Florida Atlantic Owls (LW: 7), Week 6 Result: 52-33 W vs. Old Dominion, Next Week: BYE
For the first time this season, everything seemed to click for the Owls. Against Old Dominion, the Owls gained 605 yards of total offense and forced two turnovers. As a result, the Owls are in the same place they were last season at 3-3 heading into a bye week.
#6. FIU Panthers (LW: 6), Week 6 Result: BYE, Next Week: @ Middle Tennessee State
Despite sitting in first in the C-USA East, FIU’s game have been far less lackluster than FAU’s games. While FIU barely beat Old Dominion, FAU handled them with relative ease. However, FIU has a strong chance to jump up this spot should they beat the hot Middle Tennessee State, who FAU lost to.
#7. Florida State Seminoles (LW 5), Week 6 Result: 28-27 L @ Florida State, Next Week: BYE
Trouble is brewing in Tallahassee. Despite replacing Jimbo Fisher with Willie Taggart, the Seminoles sit near the bottom of the ACC Atlantic and are coming off a 20 point blown lead against rivals Miami. With just 1 win in the ACC so far, the Seminoles are in a desperate situation and the schedule does not get any easier for the rest of the season.