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14 teams more prestigious than UF

GAINESVILLE -- Anyone following the daily releases of ESPN.com's "prestige poll," which is attempting to rank all Football Bowl Subdivision schools in order of prestige? CLICK ME! The poll is finished and Oklahoma is No.1.

This poll seems flawed in some ways. Most agree that the SEC is the most dominant conference in the country yet the SEC doesn't have a team in the top 5. Alabama is No.6. Florida, despite its success since 1990, didn't crack the top 10. The Gators are ranked No.15. Other SEC teams ranked ahead of Florida include No.12 Tennessee, No. 13 LSU and No.14 Georgia. Florida State is No.9, followed by Miami at No.10.

Recruiting reporter Andy Staples of SI.com recently completed a study aimed at finding a quantifiable way to explain that recruits like to stay close to home. Looks like it took a lot of work. Nice job, Andy! CLICK ME! Andy also picked where he thinks the remaining 17 uncommitted players of the 2009 recruiting cycle are headed. It's not good news for Florida fans. CLICK ME!

There are two more weekends remaining in the recruiting cycle but Florida will use just this weekend to finalize its 2009 class. The Gators are hosting six players, according rivals. CLICK ME! Can Florida sway a few more recruits. Perhaps the Gators should just work on keeping the ones they have. UF will use the final weekend of the 2009 recruiting cycle to host its Junior Day. Never too early to get a jump on the class of 2010.

Remaining focused and avoiding complaceny were the catchprases of choice for UF guards Nick Calathes and Dan Werner on Monday. Then Wednesday happened. Now the Gators must regroup in an important away game against Vanderbilt. CLICK ME!



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I don't see how it is flawed. They're talking about the most prestige all-time, not right now. Counting back to 1936. I do think we should be No. 12 or No. 13 instead of No. 15...certainly more prestigious than Georgia and Tennessee. As the column said: "Most of Florida's success has come in the past 20 years. When using the eras before the BCS was created, Florida never finished higher than 27th in any of them. Through 1958, Florida was buried in the bottom half of the nation, behind schools such as Indiana, Vanderbilt and Rutgers. The Gators didn't win a bowl game in the '70s at all."

Also, we're listed as No. 4 in the BCS era. Which I think should be higher as well.

FSU, UGA, and LSU being ahead of UF is a little ridiculous in my opinion. Tennessee I can understand because of the lore surrounding Neyland.

And please don't credit Andy Staples with that economic analysis on recruiting. He didn't do the study, he simply reported on it. The study done by a few PhD economists.

I don't have a problem with LSU, they have the titles to deserve to be up there. FSU, UGA and UT are absurd.


That 2001 UM team was great, they also won the best sports team ever on ESPN. Would love to see them play this years Gator team.

Bryan Pata for MVP

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