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Florida FBS Power Rankings—Week 12

Hurricanes move into top two after convincing win over Louisville

NCAA Football: Louisville at Miami
Manny Diaz coaches from the sideline during his team’s 52-27 victory over Louisville on November 9.
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Hurricanes have ascended back into the top two of the Florida FBS Power Rankings for the first time since early September.

By virtue of the Hurricanes’ 52-27 victory over Louisville and UCF’s 34-31 loss to AAC bottom dweller Tulsa, Miami jumped UCF to grab the No.2 position this week while the Knights slid back to No.3.

The Hurricanes have won three consecutive ACC games after starting the season 3-4 should be favored in their final two games against Florida International and Duke after their bye this week.

#1. Florida Gators (8-2, No.11 in AP Poll)

Week 11 Result: Florida 56, Vanderbilt 0

Next Game: Saturday 11/16, at Missouri, Noon

Line: Florida -6.5

Week 11 Positives: Florida scored 56 points in the game’s final three quarters and finished with 560 yards of total offense. Kyle Trask passed for 363 yards and three touchdowns while the Gator defense only allowed Vanderbilt to compile 128 yards of offense.

Week 11 Negatives: Trask threw two interceptions against a bad Vanderbilt team and Evan McPherson missed a field goal. Not much else went wrong for the Gators against the Commodores.

Where Things Stand: If they weren’t already before, the Gators are now far and away the top team in this poll after UCF’s loss to Tulsa last week. The Gators just need to win two games they are favored in to conclude the regular season with ten wins.

#2. Miami Hurricanes (6-4)

Week 11 Result: Miami 52, Louisville 27

Next Game: Saturday, 11/23, at FIU, 7pm

Line: N/A

Week 11 Positives: Jarren Williams set a program record with six touchdown passes and the Hurricane offense seems to have found its stride with Williams at the helm the past two weeks. Miami did not turn the ball over against Louisville and forced the Cardinals into three turnovers of their own.

Week 11 Negatives: The Hurricane defense allowed a season-high 496 yards to the Cardinals, including 328 passing yards. That only translated into 27 points however which left Miami plenty of breathing room in this game.

Where Things Stand: This is what many fans expected “The New Miami” to look like all season. The Hurricanes are peaking in defeating three straight ACC opponents and have their eyes set on finishing the season 8-4.

#3. Central Florida Knights (7-3)

Week 11 Result: Tulsa 34, Central Florida 31

Next Game: Saturday 11/23, at Tulane, TBA

Line: N/A

Week 11 Positives: Adrian Killins Jr. (95 rushing yards on 10 carries) and Gabriel Davis (98 receiving yards on six catches) each played well enough for the Knights to win. Dillon Gabriel passed for 290 yards and a touchdown but threw two interceptions. The Knight defense held Tulsa to a 3-for-15 rate converting third downs.

Week 11 Negatives: UCF turned the ball over three times and was outscored 10-0 in the fourth quarter in losing this game. The Knights also had 120 penalty yards and didn’t score a touchdown in the second half.

Where Things Stand: Complete disaster for UCF in losing as the loss gives Tulsa their first AAC win of the season. The Knights have struggled on the road this season and that showed again last Friday. UCF is coming back down to earth as a program from the teams who won 25 consecutive games in 2017 and 2018 and learning what life in league play with a target on your back and a less talented team is like.

#4. Florida Atlantic Owls (7-3)

Week 11 Result: Florida Atlantic 37, Florida International 7

Next Game: Saturday 11/23, at Texas-San Antonio, 6pm

Line: N/A

Week 11 Positives: FAU never trailed in thrashing its South Florida rival. The Owls outscored the Panthers 24-0 in the second half and quarterback Chris Robison passed for 298 yards and a touchdown in the win. Malcolm Davidson rushed for 144 yards and three touchdowns for FAU.

Week 11 Negatives: Kicker Vladimir Rivas missed one of his three extra point attempts for the Owls. Not much else went wrong for FAU.

Where Things Stand: FAU needs to win out and have Marshall lose one of its three remaining Conference USA games to qualify for the conference title game. That will leave the Owls scoreboard watching on Friday during their bye week when the Thundering Herd takes on Louisiana Tech, who is undefeated in C-USA play.

#5. Florida State Seminoles (5-5)

Week 11 Result: Florida State 38, Boston College 31

Next Game: Saturday 11/16, vs. Alabama State, Noon

Line: N/A

Week 11 Positives: James Blackman passed for 346 yards and two touchdowns in the victory for Florida State. Jordan Travis made his debut under center for the Seminoles and rushed for 94 yards and two touchdowns. Tamorrion Terry had 156 yards receiving and a touchdown for FSU.

Week 11 Negatives: Boston College rolled up 508 yards of offense on FSU, including 281 on the ground. Florida State committed 11 penalties and allowed the Eagles to convert 70 percent of their third down attempts (14-for-20).

Where Things Stand: This win will likely be the difference in Florida State becoming bowl eligible as the Seminoles will probably drill Alabama State on Saturday. Just seems like the coaching search and what is surrounding it right now for FSU is far more important than anything happening on the field.

#6. South Florida Bulls (4-5)

Week 11 Result: Temple 17, South Florida 7

Next Game: Saturday 11/16, vs. Cincinnati, 7pm

Line: USF +14

Week 11 Positives: Bryce Miller was responsible for USF’s lone touchdown. The Bull defense held Temple under 300 yards of total offense and kept the team in the game as long as it could.

Week 11 Negatives: Quarterback Jordan McCloud was sacked nine times and the Bulls managed to rush for just 61 yards on 37 carries as a team. The Bulls were stagnant most of the night offensively.

Where Things Stand: USF just is not a very good team offensively as it has failed to reach double figures in two of its last three games. The Bulls have two games against ranked opponents left and a matchup against rival UCF. USF must win two of those games to be bowl eligible.

#7. Florida International Panthers (5-5)

Week 11 Result: Florida Atlantic 37, Florida International 7

Next Game: Saturday 11/23, vs Miami, 7pm

Line: N/A

Week 11 Positives: Napoleon Maxwell busted a 75-yard touchdown run in the second quarter for FIU’s lone score of the game. Not much else went right in this game for the Panthers.

Week 11 Negatives: FIU failed to score a point in the second half. The Panthers were 4-for-15 on third down and 1-for-6 on fourth down. FIU also turned the ball over twice and failed to force any turnovers.

Where Things Stand: FIU has been eliminated from winning Conference USA after this embarrassing loss. This has been a disappointing season all around for Butch Davis and company and it just got worse with a 30-point loss to its rival. Upsetting Miami or Marshall in one of the final two games of the season might salvage things though.