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For the first time in a long time, public perception not favoring the Florida Gators

GAINESVILLE -- One day after an up-and-down performance aided by turnovers, the Gators fell two spots in The Associated Press Top 25 and one place in the Coaches' Poll on Sunday.

Florida (2-0) is now ranked No.10 by the writers and No.7 by the coaches. The Gators begin competition in the Southeastern Conference on Saturday with a road game against the University of Tennessee at General Neyland Stadium. The Volunteers lost to the Oregon Ducks of the University of Nike 48-13 on Saturday.

In the writers' poll, Florida was jumped by No.7 Oklahoma and No.9 Iowa. In the coaches' poll -- the poll that factors into the BCS formula -- No.6 Oregon moved ahead of both Florida and Nebraska. 

This is the second straight week Florida has fallen in the polls despite winning. Florida began the season ranked No.4 by the writers and No.3 by the coaches.

Florida is currently suffering from something I like to call post-Tebow skepticism. After two weeks of being propped up by its defense against inferior competition, there is a growing sentiment around the country that UF is overrated.

Are the Gators overrated or is No.10 in the writers' poll and No.7 in the coaches' poll about right? I've got a feeling UF will be a second-half-of-the-season team this year. One thing is clear today: Upon further review, that season-ending rivalry game against Florida State seems a lot more winnable.

-jo-

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