Final CBS Sports’ re-rank of 2022 has Florida in top 50

The final CBS Sports 1-131 rankings of the 2022 season saw Florida football come in as the No. 50 team overall, finishing the 2022 season as the No. 10 team in the SEC.

The Gators closed things out with a 30-3 loss to Oregon State in the Las Vegas Bowl. Florida’s only points of the game came late in the fourth quarter, extending the Orange and Blue’s scoring streak to 436 consecutive games dating back to 1988. It is the longest streak in NCAA history and 57 games longer than the next closest team.

Florida finished the 2022 season with a 6-7 record, with five of their losses coming in SEC play.

Before that, they suffered a 45-38 loss to in-state rival Florida State. Florida’s performance was a microcosm of their autumn, as they started off strong and took a 41-21 lead into the half before a disastrous third quarter put them behind for good. A last push during the fourth quarter was valiant but not enough to pull the Gators ahead in the end.

Needless to say, they did not participate in conference championship week.

The offense finished as one of the better-rushing offenses in the country as Montrell Johnson established himself as the power back in Napier’s system. But it was Trevor Etienne’s explosiveness and speed that made him a bright spot this season, and he will be the player to watch going into 2023.

With over two dozen players leaving the program, either via the transfer portal or to prepare for the NFL draft, Billy Napier has a lot of roster rebuilding this offseason. The 2023 recruiting class currently has 21 players in it, with at least 18 blue-chip (four or five-star) prospects. Napier has also been active in the transfer portal, landing multiple players that are expected to make an immediate impact next season.

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