Following its 27-10 loss to rival Miami in which it was dominated in all aspects of the game, Florida State has found itself with its lowest ranking in this poll that it has had all season.
The Seminoles slipped from No.3 to No.5 this week, getting passed by Miami and Florida Atlantic, who has won six of its last seven games.
The Seminoles (4-5) fired head coach Wille Taggart on Sunday after the loss despite having three games left on the schedule this season.
This week, all eyes will be on the Shula Bowl on Saturday as Florida Atlantic hosts rival Florida International. A loss for FIU would eliminate the Panthers from winning the Conference USA championship and a loss for the Owls would put them way behind the eight ball in their conference title pursuit.
#1. Florida Gators (7-2, No.10 in AP Poll)
Week 10 Result: Georgia 24, Florida 17
Next Game: Saturday 11/9, vs. Vanderbilt, 12pm
Line: Florida -25
Week 10 Positives: Kyle Trask passed for 257 yards and two touchdowns for Florida. Not much else stood out for Florida on the stat sheet in Jacksonville last Saturday.
Week 10 Negatives: As has been written in this space all season, Florida just is not good enough running the football on offense. That was seen again against UGA as the Gators rushed for just 21 yards as a team on 18 carries. UF also only converted twice on third downs in nine attempts.
Where Things Stand: Florida stayed close with the class of the SEC East but ultimately just didn’t have enough to pull off the upset. Winning out would give Florida a very good chance at a New Year’s Six bowl but the Gators now need big time help to make the SEC title game.
#2. Central Florida Knights (7-2)
Week 10 Result: Central Florida 44, Houston 29
Next Game: Friday 11/8, at Tulsa, 7pm
Line: UCF -17
Week 10 Positives: Dillon Gabriel passed for 298 yards and three touchdowns in the victory for the Knights. Tre Nixon had 123 receiving yards and two touchdowns as well. UCF outscored Houston 21-0 in the third quarter to take control of the game.
Week 10 Negatives: The Knights gave up 240 yards on the ground to Houston, including 132 yards and two touchdowns to Mulbah Car. UCF’s defense allowed 419 yards to Houston and 20 first downs.
Where Things Stand: UCF still needs a lot of help to make the AAC title game and a New Year’s Six bowl. The Knights need to win out and have Cincinnati lose two of their four remaining games against Connecticut, South Florida, Temple and Memphis.
#3. Miami Hurricanes (5-4)
Week 10 Result: Miami 27, Florida State 10
Next Game: Saturday 11/9, vs. Louisville, 3:30pm
Line: Miami -6
Week 10 Positives: Jarren Williams emerged as the steadying force Miami’s offense needed at quarterback as he passed for 313 yards and two touchdowns. Jeff Thomas made his return to the lineup and finished with 84 receiving yards and a touchdown and the Hurricane defense held Florida State to 203 yards of total offense and forced two turnovers.
Week 10 Negatives: Miami struggled to run the ball as the Hurricanes only amassed 40 yards rushing as a team on 24 carries. Camden Price missed a field goal for Miami and the Hurricanes were only 3-for-15 converting third downs.
Where Things Stand: Miami played its best game of the season against Florida State and dominated its rival. The Hurricanes need to channel that momentum and close out the season with three straight wins to get some positive momentum heading into bowl season and the early signing period.
#4. Florida Atlantic Owls (6-3)
Week 10 Result: Florida Atlantic 35, Western Kentucky 24
Next Game: Saturday 11/9, vs. Florida International, 6pm
Line: FAU -10
Week 10 Positives: The Owls scored 28 unanswered points in the second and third quarters respectively and never looked back. They forced four Western Kentucky turnovers and quarterback Chris Robison passed for 208 yards and two touchdowns.
Week 10 Negatives: FAU was not great at defending the pass as Ty Storey passed for 380 yards and two touchdowns for the Hilltoppers. FAU also converted just 2-of-11 third down attempts and had 55 penalty yards.
Where Things Stand: FAU got the big road win it needed to vault into a tie for first in its division in Conference USA. However, Marshall holds the tiebreaker over the Owls for a trip to the conference championship game so FAU will need some help to play for a conference title. It starts with a Shula Bowl win over rival FIU this week.
#5. Florida State Seminoles (4-5)
Week 10 Result: Miami 27, Florida State 10
Next Game: Saturday 11/9, at Boston College, 12pm
Line: FSU +2
Week 10 Positives: Cam Akers did a little bit of everything offensively for Florida State. He ran the ball 22 times for 66 yards, caught three passes for 23 yards and a touchdown and completed both of his pass attempts for 24 yards. FSU did not do much else right outside of Akers in this game however.
Week 10 Negatives: FSU allowed an inconsistent (at best) Miami passing offense to torch it for 313 yards and two touchdowns. The Seminoles were a combined 5-for-19 on third and fourth down conversions, turned the ball over twice and allowed quarterback Alex Hornibrook to be sacked nine times.
Where Things Stand: The Seminole program is in shambles right now as it will be shelling out roughly 20 million dollars to buy out the coaching staff before the 2020 season begins. Focusing on Boston College can’t be easy right now for the Seminoles.
#6. South Florida Bulls (4-4)
Week 10 Result: Off.
Next Game: Thursday 11/7, vs. Temple, 8pm
Line: USF +2
Where Things Stand: The Bulls need a win coming off their bye week to keep their slim hopes of being bowl eligible alive. USF has two ranked teams (Cincinnati and Memphis) and rival UCF on the road to conclude the season so finishing this the 2019 campaign 2-2 will be extremely difficult without a win over Temple.
#7. Florida International Panthers (5-4)
Week 10 Result: Florida International 24, Old Dominion 17
Next Game: Saturday 11/9, at Florida Atlantic, 6pm
Line: FIU +10
Week 10 Positives: FIU won a game it had to win to keep its bowl eligibility quest alive. The Panthers held ODU to just 233 yards of total offense and forced two turnovers. Shemar Thornton had 125 yards receiving for FIU.
Week 10 Negatives: The Panthers really failed to adequately finish drives in this game. Kicker Jose Borregales was 3-for-5 on field goals and FIU only managed to score two touchdowns on a team that FAU blew out 41-3 on the road last week.
Where Things Stand: FIU is not mathematically eliminated from playing for the Conference USA championship but would be with a loss this weekend. A win over rival FAU would really help bury some of the disappointment the Panthers have endured this season.