ESPN released their preseason football power index rankings for the 2023 college football season. The Florida Gators came in tied with Texas A&M at 18.
Despite the loss of their starting quarterback and other key positions to the NFL Draft, Florida managed to land a spot in the top-25.
The Football Power Index (FPI) measures a team’s strength through various simulations of a season. The FPI is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s predicted performance for the upcoming season.
Gators Post-Spring Game
The Orange and Blue game wrapped up spring practice for Gators football last week. All eyes are now on the fall for Billy Napier’s second season as head coach.
In the postgame press conference, Napier was asked if he would acquire another quarterback when the portal reopens. He said that they do anticipate adding another player to the roster at that position.
Wisconsin transfer Graham Mertz is currently expected to be the starting quarterback for next season.
On the other side of the ball, the Gators defense shined.
From the high school recruits to the transfers, the Florida defense has talent and the pieces needed to have real potential. Additionally, defensive coordinator Austin Armstrong seems to be beloved by players and fellow coaches alike.
SEC in the Top-25
The SEC was by far the most represented team in the rankings.
There were seven SEC teams ranked within the top-25, three of which were in the top five.
Year-in and year-out, the SEC is arguably the most talented conference in the nation. This year is no exception, as according to 247sports’ rankings, the SEC brought in 15 5-star prospects this past cycle.
The Gators will have their hands full this season. They’ll face Georgia, LSU, and Tennesse, who are all projected to be strong teams. Napier lost to all three of them in his first season at the helm.