GAINESVILLE -- The committee has spoken.
The Florida Gators checked in at No. 10 in the initial 2015 College Football Playoff rankings, released Tuesday night on ESPN.
UF (7-1, 5-1 SEC) is slotted behind seven undefeated teams and one-loss teams Alabama and Notre Dame -- despite an arguably more impressive résumé.
The Gators thrashed No. 18 Ole Miss in early October, just two weeks after the Rebels beat the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa.
Florida’s lone loss this season is a touchdown defeat at Death Valley to No. 2 LSU.
So what gives?
"Just the fact that Alabama has more quality victories in our eyes,” CFB Playoff chairman Jeff Long said on ESPN.
“I think they’re actually very close even though they may be separated by that length in our rankings. Those are two teams that we do think are very close.”
The two school’s wins over Georgia were also compared.
Long: Alabama beating Georgia w/ Chubb and starting QB was a factor and noted in vote. Florida beat Georgia without Chubb and 3rd string QB.— Jon Solomon (@JonSolomonCBS) November 4, 2015
Regardless, the rankings are subject to change. A maximum of four teams can remain undefeated heading into the playoff, so Florida could find itself on the outside looking in or creep into the Top 4 if it runs the table including a win in Atlanta over LSU.
As it stands, UF would play in a New Year's Six Bowl.
Either way, the Gators were uninterested in Tuesday's release. To man, their sole focus was on Saturday’s homecoming tilt with Vanderbilt (noon, ESPN).
“I don’t watch things like that. I do homework and watch film,” senior linebacker Antonio Morrison said.
“I’m trying to graduate in December, so trying to graduate and trying to watch film on Vandy.”
Senior wideout Valdez Showers concurred, saying he wouldn’t watch the rankings release either.
“I’m worried about Vanderbilt to be honest with you,” Showers said.
“They always come out and play us hard every year, so that’s what we’re worried about.”
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