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Florida Being Disrespected by New ESPN 2021 College Football Power Rankings

Larry Rupp
The Florida Gators open at No. 14 in ESPN's 2021 college football power rankings.
The Florida Gators open at No. 14 in ESPN's 2021 college football power rankings. / Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

ESPN has released its newest college football power rankings using their Football Power Index system (FPI).

It may come as a shock to see a top-tier college football program in the Florida Gators come in at No. 14. In fact, it is a bit disrespectful.

It may be even more surprising to learn that the Gators are ranked behind four other SEC teams despite being a close runner-up to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the conference last season.

Yes, it will be tough for Florida to rebound after losing multiple offensive starters in starting quarterback Kyle Trask, tight end Kyle Pitts and wide receiver Kadarius Toney. However, the Gators have built this program on having players waiting in the wings ready to step in and take over when needed.

Head coach Dan Mullen brings back the core of his defense and still has his leading rusher from last season bolstering the offense in Dameon Pierce (503 yards and 4 touchdowns in 2020). Plus, wide receiver Justin Shorter (25 receptions for 268 yards in 2020) looks primed to take on a bigger role next season.

Overall, this is disrespectful given Florida is tied for the 7th-best odds to win the National Championship at +4000, according to betting odds posted on FanDuel Sportsbook. It would only make sense for the Gators to outperform these low expectations next college football season.

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