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Florida FBS Power Rankings—Week 13

State teams approach the homestretch coming off a 2-1 week

NCAA Football: Georgia Tech at Miami
Shaquille Quarterman wears the turnover chain during Miami’s loss to Georgia Tech on October 19.
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After a week in which four of the season state of Florida FBS teams did not play, the Florida FBS Power Rankings have no changes for week 13.

State teams went 2-1 last week with Florida and Florida State securing relatively easy wins and South Florida losing a close game to Cincinnati at home.

The Gators and Seminoles will take their turns sitting at home this week as the other five FBS programs are in action. Florida hosts Florida State on November 30 at 7:30pm.

#1. Florida Gators (9-2, No.10 in AP Poll)

Week 12 Result: Florida 23, Missouri 6

Next Game: Saturday 11/30, vs. Florida State, 7:30pm

Line: N/A

Week 12 Positives: Kyle Trask passed for 282 yards and two touchdowns (both in the second half) in the win for UF. Evan McPherson drilled three field goals for the Gators and Florida held Missouri to just 256 yards of total offense and no touchdowns.

Week 12 Negatives: The Gators started extremely slow in this game as they did not score a touchdown until there was 11:56 remaining in the third quarter. Florida converted just 3-for-14 on third down attempts and only rushed for 56 yards as a team.

Where Things Stand: Florida now has a bye week to get ready for rival Florida State on senior night. The Gators will likely be huge favorites to win their tenth game of the season and are slotted into a New Year’s Six bowl by many bowl projections this week.

#2. Miami Hurricanes (6-4)

Week 12 Result: Off.

Next Game: Saturday 11/23, at FIU (Marlins Park), 7pm

Line: Miami -18.5

Where Things Stand: Miami should have no problem dealing with FIU off a bye week. It is important for the Hurricanes to come out strong after failing to do so in other games off bye weeks earlier this season. Miami’s goal should be to play as many players as possible in this game without burning any redshirts. The Hurricanes also need to keep everyone healthy for the ACC finale against Duke on November 30.

#3. Central Florida Knights (7-3)

Week 12 Result: Off.

Next Game: Saturday 11/23, at Tulane, 12pm

Line: UCF -6

Where Things Stand: The Knights have to be dying to get back on the field after losing to Tulsa 34-31 on November 8. Playing on the road has been a disaster this year for UCF as all three of their losses have come away from Orlando. This is their final road game of the year and a game they must win to keep their slim AAC championship hopes alive.

#4. Florida Atlantic Owls (7-3)

Week 12 Result: Off.

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

Line: N/A

Where Things Stand: The Owls had a week to celebrate their Shula Bowl victory over Florida International and now will play their final road game of the year at UTSA on Saturday. FAU has won seven of their last eight games but the one loss (a 36-31 setback to Marshall) is what currently is holding them back from playing in the Conference USA championship game. UTSA needs a win to keep its shot at bowl eligibility alive.

#5. Florida State Seminoles (6-5)

Week 12 Result: Florida State 49, Alabama State 12

Next Game: Saturday 11/30, at Florida, 7:30pm

Line: N/A

Week 12 Positives: FSU clinched bowl eligibility with this lopsided win. Jordan Travis and James Blackman combined to pass for 317 yards and three touchdowns and Travis was FSU’s leading rusher with 69 yards rushing.

Week 12 Negatives: The Seminoles allowed 270 yards passing to Alabama State, an FCS team. FSU turned the ball over twice and only led 21-12 early in the third quarter.

Where Things Stand: Clinching bowl eligibility is huge for the Seminoles because, quite honestly, they need all the extra practices they can get. FSU using Jordan Travis in the passing and running game gives them an extra look to throw at Florida on November 30 as Travis is by far FSU’s best running quarterback.

#6. South Florida Bulls (4-6)

Week 12 Result: Cincinnati 20, South Florida 17.

Next Game: Saturday 11/23, vs. Memphis, 4pm

Line: USF +14.5

Week 12 Positives: The Bulls kept it close with the class of the AAC for most of this game. The Bulls held Cincinnati to just 278 yards of total offense while gaining 438 yards themselves. They also converted 8-of-17 third down attempts and led 17-7 late in the third quarter.

Week 12 Negatives: USF could not slam the door on this win. Cincinnati kicker Sam Crosa booted a 37-yard field goal as time expired to save the Bearcats from an embarrassing conference loss. The Bulls had an advantage in most statistical categories, yet could not win.

Where Things Stand: Will this week’s game against Memphis be Charlie Strong’s final home game as USF head coach? Only time will tell but the Bulls appear to be on a collision course with a 4-8 record with just two conference wins as they don’t figure to beat Memphis or UCF in their final two games.

#7. Florida International Panthers (5-5)

Week 12 Result: Off.

Next Game: Saturday 11/23, vs. Miami (Marlins Park), 7pm

Line: FIU +18.5

Where Things Stand: The Panthers need to beat Miami or Marshall in one of their final two games to become bowl eligible. Beating Miami seems like an extremely tall task just two weeks after losing to FAU by 30 points. FIU would need to play a perfect game to even find itself in the game in the fourth quarter.