In mid-August the oddsmakers at Las Vegas Sports Consultants, the company that provides the majority of lines to casinos in Nevada, released their Preseason Rankings.
Florida was listed No. 5 in the first installment of the poll and the notes provided by LVSC Chief Operating Officer Kenny White read, “Can anyone stop the Gators offense???”
It took 11 weeks, but head coach Urban Meyer and the Gators have finally leaped to the top of the LVSC poll by answering White’s question with an emphatic “No”.
Even though the Gators averaged 36 points per game in their first five battles this season, Meyer’s attack didn’t seem to be as potent as last year’s unit which averaged 42.5 PPG and dropped 50-spots routinely.
Meyer was pointing fingers at the new clock rules, calling them “awful” and wondering why his offense wasn’t clicking on all cylinders.
The Gators may’ve woken up in their 38-7 road victory over Arkansas on Oct. 4 when the team exploded for 514 yards of offense and posted 21 points in the fourth quarter. Since that performance, it’s been nothing but fireworks.
In a conference (SEC) where defense is supposed to rule the gridiron, the Gators have lit up the scoreboard for 51, 63, 49 and 42 points. Oddsmakers have been jacking up the number on Florida all year and don’t be surprised to see the lines to jump further, especially since Florida has covered five straight games and owns an eye opening 7-2 (78%) ledger against the spread this year.
The Gators are one of five SEC schools listed in this week’s LVSC Rankings.
The Big 12 leads all conferences with six schools, led by Oklahoma at No. 3. The Sooners will host No. 5 Texas Tech on Nov. 22 in yet another Big 12 South showdown.
Southern Cal dropped to the second slot after being unseated by the Gators. The Pac 10 has five schools ranked in the oddsmakers’ poll, including the Trojans.
This week’s rankings are listed below with notes provided by White.
||The Gators look impressive.|
||Crept by Cal in low scoring affair.|
||Showed Texas A&M no mercy.|
||Baylor no match for Longhorns.|
||No letdown against Cowboys.|
||Cough up title hopes late at Iowa.|
||Created turnovers to survive at LSU.|
||Easily handled Kansas State.|
||Worked hard for win at Kentucky.|
||Found out Red Raiders are for real.|
||Buckeyes buried Northwestern.|
||Heartbreaking loss to 'Bama.|
||Gave USC a run for its money.|
||Utes know how to win close games.|
||Devastating loss at Utah.|
||Broncos cruise by Utah State.|
||Heading up North to face the Ducks.|
||Spurrier heading to the Swamp.|
||Held off Stanford.|
||Tough OT loss to Cincinnati.|
||Host Cal this week.|
||Solid victory over Georgia Tech.|
||Pay a visit to Air Force.|
||No problem with Purdue.|
||Momentum building win over WVU.|
||Big win over Nittany Lions.|
||Upset at Nebraska.|
||Move up while idle.|
|The next ten: Boston College, Wisconsin, Illinois, South Florida, Nebraska, Rutgers, Wake Forest, Miami Florida, Georgia Tech, Ball State. |
|Dropped out of Top 30: Illinois (27), Georgia Tech (29).|