Gators rise in ESPN’s Week 10 FPI update after Texas A&M victory

ESPN has released its latest FPI rankings, with the Florida Gators making a noticeable improvement in their overall ranking and projected to finish above .500.

The FPI rankings were developed by ESPN in 2013 to measure each team’s overall strength and predict results throughout the season. As the schedule progresses, the data used to determine a team’s FPI ranking will come from the games played while also predicting the outcomes for each future matchup.

The metric has not been kind to the Orange and Blue this season. They started out hot with an upset win over Utah in Billy Napier’s first game as Gators’ head coach. Afterward, the team struggled against Kentucky and USF, losing to the Wildcats and barely sneaking past the Bulls with a victory. Statistically, these were not the best performances from the Gators.

They bounced back statistically in their 38-33 loss to Tennessee and their 52-17 win over Eastern Washington. The defensive metrics improved on the back of Jayden Hill’s two interceptions (including one pick-6) in the Gators’ 24-17 victory over Missouri.

Following the Gators’ disappointing performances in their losses to LSU and Georgia, the metric swung them back to mediocre. They responded by beating Texas A&M on the road, defying the FPI’s individual game projection which gave them a 32.8% chance of winning the game.

The Gators wrap up their home schedule Saturday when South Carolina comes to Gainesville. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. EST and the game will be broadcast on the SEC Network.

Here are the latest game-by-game and season-long FPI updates for the Florida Gators.

Nov. 12: vs South Carolina Gamecocks

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Win Probability: 70.8%

Projected Record: 6-4

Nov. 19: at Vanderbilt Commodores

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Win Probability: 81.5%

Projected Record: 7-4

Nov. 25: at Florida State Seminoles

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Win Probability: 28.1%

Projected record: 7-5

Overall Ranking

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No. 32 Overall

Last Week; No. 41 Overall

Strength of Record

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No. 33 Overall

Last Week: No. 43 Overall

Remaining Strength of Schedule

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No. 49 Overall

Last Week: No. 48 Overall

Overall Efficiency

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No. 44 Overall (62.9)

Last Week: No. 50 Overall (58.2)

Offensive Efficiency

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No. 22 Overall (72.0)

Last Week: No. 32 Overall (66.7)

Defensive Efficiency

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No. 79 Overall (47.9)

Last Week: No. 86 Overall (46.3)

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