There's simply no way around it: this was not a good week for Florida teams. The USF Bulls were run over in their first Big East matchup, falling to Pittsburgh 44-17, and the Florida Gators got thrashed by #3 Alabama by a score of 38-10. As a result, both teams took a tumble in the AP and USA Today poll standings.
Since they were theoretically expected to beat Pittsburgh -- or at least make the game close -- USF suffered quite the large fall, dropping from #16 all the way to unranked. If the Bulls had won, they could have pushed themselves even higher in the poll and maybe peaked at around #10 this season, but now they're going to have to make a run just to get themselves back in the rankings.
As Alabama is currently ranked as one of the best teams in the country, Florida didn't fall nearly as far; they only droped five slots from #12 to #17. But life isn't going to get any easier for them going forward, as they potentially lost their starting quarterback (John Brantley) to an injury, and they face #1 LSU this upcoming week.
Meanwhile, FSU stayed static at #23, as they had an by-week.
Full poll results to be found below the jump.