Florida Gators Win Capital One Cup, Finish 2nd In Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup

Earlier this week, the Florida Gators received some pleasant news.* Florida won the men’s 2011-12 Capital One Cup and finished second in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings behind Stanford. The Cardinal have a stranglehold on the Learfield Cup having taken it home for 18 consecutive years now.

The Gator men put in a dominant performance of their own in winning the Capital One Cup. Florida took home the trophy with a 14-point lead over second place Arizona. The Gators were a full 22 points clear of third-place UCLA. The SEC as a whole had a good showing with five programs in the top eight.

The Learfield wasn’t as kind to the SEC despite Florida’s second-place finish. LSU was the next conference team, but came in at No. 13. The Pac-12 took home conference honors with four of the top eight.

Congratulations to the entire Florida athletics program for another great season.

*By pleasant we mean news that falls into the category of pure athletic domination, but that’s expected at this point.

2013 Football Recruiting: Ohio State Could Get Another Chance With Alex Anzalone

The story of Alex Anzalone’s decommitment from Ohio State is a weird one. That sentence isn’t of the highest literary quality, but there’s really no better way to say it. The entire situation is odd and gives off a feeling of, well, let’s just move on from the reasons behind Anzalone’s decommitment. You’ve surely read about them by now and that’ll do. The latest chapter is that the Buckeyes may still have a chance with the four-star outside linebacker.

When Anzalone first announced he would not be attending Ohio State, two schools came to the forefront – Penn State and our beloved Florida Gators. You can add Notre Dame and Stanford to that list, and now the Buckeyes as well. There were times when Anzalone was considered a Florida lean before he originally committed to Ohio State, and after the decommitment, it was figured the Buckeyes were out of the picture. While the Gators and Nittany Lions seem to have a definite advantage over the others at the moment, with even the possibility he could consider Ohio State again, no one can be sure which direction Anzalone is now leaning.

We do know he’ll take time to explore every option and weigh his decision heavily this time around. A great addition to any program, all five of the schools named would welcome Anzalone with open arms and with Ohio State still a possibility, the probability he ends up picking the Gators may have taken a hit.

2013 Football Recruiting: Jordan Sherit Visits Florida; Gators In Good Shape With Defensive End

Jordan Sherit visited Florida last weekend and with all eyes planted firmly on the four-star defensive end, he had good things to say about the Gators. Sherit is enjoying the recruiting process to the fullest, but Florida may be in the best shape to gain a commitment from the Tampa, FL (Hillsborough) defender.

Sherit told Zach Abolverdi of GatorSports.com he could have seen himself committing to the Gators during his visit. He was the only visitor and received special attention from Will Muschamp and the rest of the coaching staff. Sherit said he loved every minute of the visit and values what Florida has to offer both athletically and academically. He also appreciates the fact that Muschamp didn’t pressure him into committing, but instead told him to take his time and come to the decision on his own. It doesn’t hurt that Tampa is just a quick trip away down I-75.

Both 247Sports and Rivals give Sherit four stars. 247 ranks him as the No. 6 overall weak-side defensive end while Rivals has him as the No. 6 overall strong-side DE. ESPN and Scout don’t break the tie as both put him at the more generic position of just defensive end. With the attention Sherit is getting, he definitely has a chance to climb all of the lists as his senior year approaches.

Despite his near eagerness to commit during visits, Sherit has yet to do so and it could be a while until he announces his school of choice. He plans on making additional visits during the summer to see how other schools compare to Florida. Miami, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Stanford currently round out his favorites, but the Gators are thought to hold the lead. The 2013 class doesn’t have a defensive end among its ranks, only making it more enticing for Sherit to join the fold.

Jon Haskins Hired As Florida Gators Football Director Of Player Personnel

Will Muschamp has found himself a director of player personnel. Jon Haskins – who had similar roles with Nevada and Stanford – comes to the Florida Gators’ football team to manage recruiting. Haskins only spent one year with the Wolfpack after spending the previous three with the Cardinal. He essentially replaces Mark Pantoni and that’s where we have fun with titles.

Football is the sport that gives us head coaches, assistant head coaches, associate head coaches, passing game coordinators who might be different from offensive coordinators, recruiting coordinators, directors of football administration and directors of player personnel. From what we can tell, Haskins is replacing Pantoni although titles may not always match up. Whatever the case, Haskins will essentially be the Gators’ recruiting encyclopedia. While prospects commit to play for schools or coaches, members of the staff like Haskins are extremely important. He has to know it all. As fun as a job like his sounds, it’s also an immeasurable amount of work.

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Week 14 BlogPoll Top 25: Alabama, Take Your Seat At The Table

We have one team set to play in the national championship game and another needing one final victory. At this point, you better get used to the idea of a rematch if you haven’t already, because the LSU Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide are on their way to one. Additional comments below.

There you have it. One half of the national championship game has been all but determined. It will take a BCS miracle – or debacle depending on how you look at it – to knock Alabama out of the no. 2 spot, so that’s where they sit in my poll as well.

No. 3 is up for debate. Both the BCS Standings and AP Top 25 put the Oklahoma State Cowboys in that spot, but I’m in line with the USA Today Poll and have them at no. 5. Look, I was all for the Cowboys playing for the title, but then they lost to the Iowa State Cyclones in a game they were leading 17-7 early and turned over the ball five times. If they can rebound against the rival Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday, then we can discuss their ranking again, but for now, they have the harder climb in my opinion.

Not that no. 3 really matters. It all may be said and done for anyone other than LSU and Bama. The risers of the week – the Virginia Tech Hokies – are in that spot in my poll and, like Oklahoma State and the Stanford Cardinal, will be cheering for the Georgia Bulldogs this Saturday. Cheer all you want; I don’t see an upset happenining.

The Arkansas Razorbacks were tied for the drop of the week, but win the honor outright because of what they may have lost. It’s all over for Arkansas, but you can be proud of a season in which you only lost to no. 1 and no. 2. It’s a hard pill to swallow, but the SEC West gave no free passes this season.

On to conference championship weekend and one final BlogPoll before the bowl games are decided.

The Bull Gator Week 12 BlogPoll Top 25

The TBG entry in the BlogPoll in all its glory with expanded commentary below…

LSU and Oklahoma State hold the inside track to play for the national title, but you already knew that. Houston keeps winning, but is as much of a long shot as Boise State is year after year. The Broncos and Stanford did make the picture a little clearer though by bowing out of the race. Where things will get interesting is if the Tigers or Cowboys lose.

If LSU does lose a game, can you realistically take Alabama or Oregon – two teams the Tigers beat – over them? No you can’t, but as we’ve seen in the past, losing late in the season hurts more than losing early. The Ducks’ loss to the Tigers has almost reached out of site, out of mind status.

If Oklahoma State drops one, is the possibility of a LSU-Bama rematch restored? The Crimson Tide would be the most attractive team to play for the title with only one very close loss to the nation’s top team, but they also wouldn’t have won their own conference. Of course, the alternative isn’t much better. The Ducks could win the Pac-12, but like Bama, Oregon has already lost to LSU.

All of that and it boils down to this, the picture is only clear if the Tigers and Cowboys win out. If one, or both, don’t, enjoy the chaos.

The big climbers of the week are Georgia (up four spots) and Michigan (up five). The Bulldogs are in the driver’s seat to win the SEC East, which is almost laughable considering none of us expected that before the season. It wouldn’t be the first time the “experts” crowned a champion too early. The Wolverines are part of a Big Ten contingent at 8-2 that makes that conference about as easy to figure out as all the scandal surrounding it.

The biggest losers of the week are Cincinnati (falling 10 spots) and Penn State (a 12-spot drop and a season that will be difficult to salvage due to one of the darkest clouds hanging over it we’ve ever seen). The Bearcats still have the inside track to the Big East while the Nittany Lions 5-1 Big Ten record could quickly become 5-3 with visits to Ohio State and Wisconsin to close the regular season.

One team to keep an eye on is Southern Miss who could quietly move into the top 10 before all is said and done.

SB Nation Week 10 BlogPoll Top 25

The entire SB Nation BlogPoll in all its glory. The TBG ballot here.

College Football Rankings 2011

Results for Week 10

# School Points/blog SD Delta
1 LSU Tigers (76) 25.11 2.61
2 Alabama Crimson Tide (15) 24.41 2.53
3 Oklahoma St. Cowboys 22.82 2.27
4 Stanford Cardinal 22.20 2.21
5 Boise St. Broncos 21.32 1.82 Arrow_up 1
6 Oregon Ducks 19.91 1.90 Arrow_up 1
7 Oklahoma Sooners 18.97 1.24 Arrow_up 4
8 Arkansas Razorbacks 17.18 2.02 Arrow_up 1
9 Nebraska Cornhuskers 16.68 1.67 Arrow_up 4
10 Clemson Tigers 15.36 2.16 Arrow_down -5
11 South Carolina Gamecocks 13.92 2.81 Arrow_up 4
12 Virginia Tech Hokies 13.06 2.72 Arrow_up 2
13 Houston Cougars 11.84 4.10 Arrow_up 5
14 Michigan Wolverines 11.43 3.21 Arrow_up 3
15 Penn St. Nittany Lions 10.57 3.47 Arrow_up 4
16 Michigan St. Spartans 10.07 2.37 Arrow_down -6
17 Kansas St. Wildcats 9.87 3.75 Arrow_down -9
18 Wisconsin Badgers 7.99 3.18 Arrow_down -6
19 Georgia Bulldogs 6.79 3.07 Arrow_up 4
20 Arizona St. Sun Devils 6.56 2.82 Arrow_up 2
21 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 4.58 3.04 Arrow_up 9
22 USC Trojans 3.87 3.97 Arrow_down -1
23 Cincinnati Bearcats 3.76 3.50 Arrow_up 1
24 Southern Miss. Golden Eagles 2.26 2.81 Arrow_up 2
25 West Virginia Mountaineers 2.24 2.73
Others Receiving Votes: Texas Longhorns | Auburn Tigers | Washington Huskies | Texas A&M Aggies | Ohio St. Buckeyes | TCU Horned Frogs | Notre Dame Fighting Irish | Florida St. Seminoles | Texas Tech Red Raiders | Missouri Tigers | Arkansas St. Red Wolves | Florida Gators | North Carolina Tar Heels | Virginia Cavaliers | Wyoming Cowboys
Updated: Nov 1, 2011 9:51 AM EDT

SB Nation Week 9 BlogPoll Top 25

You’ve seen the TBG submission; now view the whole thing. And yes, Florida got votes. For the full write up and a number of awards passed about, go here.

College Football Rankings 2011

Results for Week 9

# School Points/blog SD Delta
1 LSU Tigers (74) 25.44 3.86
2 Alabama Crimson Tide (12) 24.65 3.73
3 Oklahoma St. Cowboys 22.65 3.28 Arrow_up 2
4 Stanford Cardinal 22.20 3.18 Arrow_up 3
5 Clemson Tigers 21.25 2.84 Arrow_up 3
6 Boise St. Broncos 21.12 2.66
7 Oregon Ducks 19.13 2.53 Arrow_up 2
8 Kansas St. Wildcats 17.02 0.96 Arrow_up 3
9 Arkansas Razorbacks 16.69 1.35 Arrow_up 1
10 Michigan St. Spartans 16.33 1.89 Arrow_up 4
11 Oklahoma Sooners 15.44 0.85 Arrow_down -8
12 Wisconsin Badgers 14.67 1.50 Arrow_down -8
13 Nebraska Cornhuskers 12.32 2.69 Arrow_down -1
14 Virginia Tech Hokies 11.74 2.33 Arrow_up 1
15 South Carolina Gamecocks 10.85 2.94 Arrow_up 1
16 Texas A&M Aggies 8.89 3.22 Arrow_up 2
17 Michigan Wolverines 8.50 2.00
18 Houston Cougars 8.45 3.81 Arrow_up 2
19 Penn St. Nittany Lions 6.70 3.15 Arrow_up 5
20 Texas Tech Red Raiders 5.42 3.40
21 USC Trojans 5.07 3.63 Arrow_up 7
22 Arizona St. Sun Devils 4.89 3.12 Arrow_up 3
23 Georgia Bulldogs 3.63 2.73 Arrow_up 3
24 Cincinnati Bearcats 2.86 2.68 Arrow_up 6
25 West Virginia Mountaineers 1.25 2.02 Arrow_down -12
Others Receiving Votes: Southern Miss. Golden Eagles | Texas Longhorns | Auburn Tigers | Baylor Bears | Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets | Syracuse Orange | Florida St. Seminoles | Washington Huskies | Miami Hurricanes | Illinois Fighting Illini | TCU Horned Frogs | Notre Dame Fighting Irish | SMU Mustangs | Florida Gators | Iowa Hawkeyes | Wake Forest Demon Deacons | BYU Cougars | Louisiana Ragin Cajuns | Arkansas St. Red Wolves
Updated: Oct 25, 2011 9:02 AM EDT

The Bull Gator Week 9 BlogPoll Top 25

Plenty of movement this week as we lost a few among the ranks of the undefeated. It starts to get interesting now with few left with no losses. LSU and Alabama will play each other, so another will fall soon, giving any of those next few in line a chance to move into the top two.

SB Nation BlogPoll Top 25 College Football Rankings

The Bull Gator Ballot – Week 9

Rank Team Delta
1 LSU Tigers Arrow_up 1
2 Alabama Crimson Tide Arrow_down -1
3 Oklahoma St. Cowboys Arrow_up 2
4 Stanford Cardinal Arrow_up 2
5 Boise St. Broncos Arrow_up 2
6 Clemson Tigers Arrow_up 3
7 Kansas St. Wildcats Arrow_up 4
8 Oregon Ducks
9 Houston Cougars Arrow_up 5
10 Arkansas Razorbacks
11 Michigan St. Spartans Arrow_up 7
12 Wisconsin Badgers Arrow_down -8
13 Nebraska Cornhuskers
14 Oklahoma Sooners Arrow_down -11
15 Penn St. Nittany Lions Arrow_up 1
16 South Carolina Gamecocks Arrow_down -1
17 Virginia Tech Hokies
18 Michigan Wolverines Arrow_up 1
19 USC Trojans
20 Texas A&M Aggies Arrow_up 3
21 Georgia Bulldogs
22 Texas Tech Red Raiders
23 Texas Longhorns
24 Arizona St. Sun Devils
25 Cincinnati Bearcats
Dropouts: West Virginia Mountaineers, Washington Huskies, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Illinois Fighting Illini, Auburn Tigers, SMU Mustangs
SB Nation BlogPoll College Football Top 25 Rankings »

The Bull Gator Week 8 BlogPoll Top 25

Top 10 unchanged. No real reason to change it. Some movement after that, but not a lot. We do have the addition of two-loss teams to the poll for the first time this season. Congrats Texas A&M and Auburn, you have made it.