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Where Florida Gators, FSU football and USF landed in ESPN SP+ rankings

Florida State should be in for a top-15 season, while the Florida Gators will again finish outside the top 30 teams. Those are among the quick-glance takeaways from the SP+ advanced metrics projections, released Wednesday by ESPN.

The Seminoles are the state’s top team at No. 12. FSU has a top-20 offense, defense and special teams in these ratings but would still slip slightly from last season (when the ‘Noles finished ninth).

The Gators come in 33rd, which is an eight-spot improvement from where they finished 2023. It still won’t inspire much confidence heading into Billy Napier’s third season. One reason why is a brutal schedule that includes an astounding eight teams ranked in the top 22, including No. 1 Georgia, No. 4 Texas, No. 8 Mississippi and No. 10 LSU.

The Miami Hurricanes are also on that list. SP+ pegs the ‘Canes at No. 21.

UCF is next among state teams. These projections put the Knights at No. 59 as they enter their second season in the Big 12.

USF is No. 84, one spot higher than where they finished last season. That puts the Bulls fourth in the AAC behind No. 36 Memphis, No. 64 Texas San Antonio and No. 69 Tulane. Don’t hold me to it because of how much rosters can still change between now and kickoff, but that seems low for USF.

Check out ESPN’s full rankings and analysis here.

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