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Why the Gators will (or won’t) make the College Football Playoff

Sports Illustrated’s Scooby Axson on Tuesday made a definitive list explaining why each team in SI’s top-25 power rankings will or won’t make the College Football Playoff this season. Here’s what Axson had to say about Florida, which is ranked No. 20:

Why they will make it to the playoff: Newcomer and Notre Dame grad Malik Zaire should give a much-needed boost to a stagnant offense. Florida’s kicking specialists are the best in college football, if they need to play the field position game or attempt a late field goal.

Why they won’t make it to the playoff: They plan to replicate the top-20 defense of a year ago, but the Gators are replacing eight starters on that side of the ball.

Relevant number: Seven, players suspended for the season opener vs. Michigan for a violation of team rules, including leading receiver Antonio Callaway.”

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Ranking fan bases

ESPN on Tuesday released a ranking of the happiest and most miserable fan bases in college football. Florida clocked in at No. 38. The explanation:

“No matter what sort of quarterback woes these fans have to deal with, their mood is always buoyed by the memory of Tim Tebow.”

In terms of specific metrics, the Gators ranked lowest in recruiting trend (41 out of 100) and rivalry dominance (44) while getting high marks for program power

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