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Florida Gators move up two spots in ESPN's latest FPI rankings

Gators Wire logo Gators Wire 9/27/2020 Adam Dubbin
a group of baseball players standing on top of a field: Sep 26, 2020; Oxford, Mississippi, USA; Florida Gators tight end Kemore Gamble (88) and Florida Gators tight end Kyle Pitts (84) celebrate after scoring a touchdown during the second half against the Mississippi Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports © File photo Sep 26, 2020; Oxford, Mississippi, USA; Florida Gators tight end Kemore Gamble (88) and Florida Gators tight end Kyle Pitts (84) celebrate after scoring a touchdown during the second half against the Mississippi Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Week 1 of Southeastern Conference football is officially in the books after a wild opening weekend for the prestigious league that saw close games, high-scoring affairs and even an unexpected upset of last season’s national champions.

The Florida Gators fared rather well, though their defense left something to be desired in a 51-35 shootout with the Ole Miss Rebels. However, in the SEC, a win is a win, and the Gators started 1-0 while raising their stock in some rankings.

ESPN released its latest College Football Power Index 2020 numbers on Sunday — which includes Big Ten teams — and UF got a little bit of a boost from its performance on Saturday, moving two spots from No. 11 to No. 9. The move essentially leapfrogged Florida over the UCF Knights and the LSU Tigers, the latter suffered an upset at the hands of the Mississippi State Bulldogs this weekend and dropped six spots.

The SEC has four teams in the top 10. The Alabama Crimson Tide hold pat in second place, while the Georgia Bulldogs moved up one spot to No. 6 and the Auburn Tigers moved up two spots to No. 7. LSU sits at No. 13 with the Texas A&M Aggies at No. 19 to wrap up conference schools in the top 25.

Here is the latest ESPN FPI top-25 with SEC teams in bold.

1. Ohio State

2. Alabama

3. Clemson

4. Wisconsin

5. Penn State

6. Georgia

7. Auburn

8. Texas

9. Florida

10. UCF

11. Notre Dame

12. Oklahoma

13. LSU

14. Virginia Tech

15. Michigan

16. BYU

17. Miami

18. Indiana

19. Texas A&M

20. Oklahoma State

21. North Carolina

22. Northwestern

23. TCU

24. Iowa

25. Minnesota

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