Here’s how far Florida fell in the CBS Sports power rankings

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Entering the weekend, Florida was threatening the top 10 in CBS Sports’ power rankings. With several teams ahead of the Gators losing, a win over Kentucky would all but have assured they would move up into the top 10.

Everyone knows what happened next. UF laid an egg against the Wildcats, falling on the road 20-13. The loss essentially ended any hope at a second-straight SEC East title or a first-time College Football Playoff appearance.

It also sent the Gators falling a bit in the CBS Sports power rankings from Dennis Dodd, albeit not as far as either of the polls had them. Florida now ranks No. 17 in Dodd’s power rankings, a six-spot dropoff.

Best two-loss team in the nation? It’s come to that for the Gators, who played Alabama tougher than anyone and didn’t play Kentucky tough enough. QB Emory Jones is tied with Kentucky’s Will Levis for most interceptions in the SEC (six). Which one would you rather be today?

Florida may be the nation’s best two-loss team right now, but that won’t be much of a consolation if the Gators sputter to a 9-3 or even 8-4 finish. Now, a New Year’s Six Bowl even feels like it’s far from guaranteed, and after a tuneup against Vanderbilt, UF has its two toughest remaining games at LSU and against Georgia in Jacksonville. The discussions of this team could look drastically different after those games are played.

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