The state of the Florida had a rough week one. Despite the high expectations for many of the programs, the state finished with a losing record, going just 3-4 in the opening week of college football. Despite this, some team’s didn’t fail to impress and others may have shown their true colors in horrific losses. Without further ado, presenting the week 2 Florida college football power rankings, with some wholesale changes:
#1. Central Florida (UCF) Knights (Last Week: 2), Week 1 Result: 56-17 W @ UConn, Next Week: vs South Carolina State
UCF was arguably the most impressive team in week 1. Despite playing a weak opponent in UConn, the Knights outgained the Huskies with 652 total yards of offense. Among the top performers for UCF was quarterback McKenzie Milton, who completed 24 passes for 352 yards and 5 touchdowns.
#2. Miami Hurricanes (Last Week: 1), Week 1 Result: 33-17 L vs. LSU, Next Week: vs. Savannah State
Sunday was a disappointing day for the Miami Hurricanes. Despite the high expectations, the Hurricanes put out a poor performance in all aspects of the game. On defense, the Hurricanes allowed Nick Brossette to rush for 125 yards on 25 carries and 2 touchdowns. The Hurricanes did get good performances out of Jeff Thomas (5 receptions, 125 yards) and Gerald Willis (8 total tackles, 4 tackles for loss) but have too many question marks to retain their top spot.
#3. Florida Gators (Last Week: 5), Week 1 Result: 53-6 W vs. Charleston Southern, Next Week: vs. Kentucky
The Dan Mullen era is off to at terrific start, so far. In a tune-up game, the Gators allowed just 225 yards (222 rushing, 3 passing) and forced two turnovers. The Gators have a tough test next week against Benny Snell Jr. and Kentucky but as of now, it’s great to be a Gators fan.
#4. Florida State Seminoles (Last Week: 3), Week 1: 24-3 L vs. Virginia Tech, Next Week: vs Samford
New head coach Willie Taggart is off to a shocker as head coach. Despite starting the season at home, FSU was embarrassed by Virginia Tech. Among the struggles was the offense, which turned the ball over 5 times. While FSU gets an easy game next week against Samford, the Seminoles are in need of a facelift.
#5. South Florida (USF) Bulls (Last Week: 6), Week 1: 34-14 W vs. Elon, Next Week: vs Georgia Tech
In the first game since losing star quarterback Quinton Flowers, the Bulls had a nice tune-up game. In his first start, former Alabama quarterback Blake Barnett threw for 305 yards and 3 TDs en route to a 20-point win. The Bulls will need to rely heavily on the defense in week 2 however, as Georgia Tech and the triple-option come into Tampa.
#6. Florida International (FIU) Panthers (Last Week: 7), Week 1: 38-28 L vs. Indiana, Next Week: @ Old Dominion
The first game of Butch Davis’ second year wasn’t kind. The Panthers, who finished in a bowl game last season, allowed 465 yards of total offense and turned the ball over 3 times, en route to a loss to Big-10 opponent Indiana. The Panthers did get good production out of Sage Lewis, who finished with 18 total tackles.
#7. Florida Atlantic (FAU) Owls (Last Week: 4), Week 1: 63-14 L @ Oklahoma, Next Week: vs Air Force
While it seems harsh to drop FAU a total of three spots, it’s hard to deny the disappointing showing put on by the Owls. The Owls allowed 42 points in just the first quarter and 652 yards of total offense in the game. The Owls will have to recover and will need a better performance from quarterback Chris Robison, who threw for just 157 yards.