Top 50 teams in 2017: No. 16, Florida

Top 50 teams in 2017: No. 16, Florida

Coach: Jim McElwain

2016 record: 9-4

Projected 2017 record: 9-3

Circle the date: Nov. 25 vs. Florida State

Bowl trip: Belk

Why No. 16: Well, nine starters are back on offense from a team that won the SEC East. That's got be good, right? Not the with the way the Gators have struggled on offense. McElwain was brought in to put points on the board like in the Steve Spurrier days. Florida hopes Feleipe Franks is the answer at quarterback. He will work behind an experienced line with four returning starters. Jordan Scarlett is a talented runner and Antonio Callaway is a breakaway threat at receiver. The defense, hit hard by graduation, is led by safety Marcell Harris. The Gators will be tested off the jump with a game against Michigan in Arlington, Texas. Alabama isn't on the schedule, but Tennessee, LSU, Georgia and Florida State are. Three of those games are in Gainesville and the Gators play Georgia in Jacksonville.

Last year's ranking: No. 18

Previous rankings: No. 50, Western Kentucky; No. 49, Vanderbilt; No. 48, Syracuse; No. 47, Duke; No. 46, Memphis; No. 45, Arizona State; No. 44, Colorado; No. 43, Iowa; No. 42, Georgia Tech; No. 41, Mississippi; No. 40, North Carolina; No. 39, Arkansas; No. 38, South Carolina; No. 37, Baylor; No. 36, Northwestern; No. 35, Texas A&M; No. 34, UCLA; No. 33, North Carolina State; No. 32, Mississippi State; No. 31, TCU; No. 30, Nebraska; No. 29, Virginia Tech; No. 28, Notre Dame; No. 27, Washington State; No. 26, Pitt; No. 25, Boise State; No. 24, Oregon; No. 23, Texas; No. 22, Tennessee; No. 21, Miami; No. 20, West Virginia; No. 19, South Florida; No. 18, Louisville; No. 17, Kansas State.

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