How Does the USA Today Preseason Poll Alter Florida's BCS Hopes?

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How Does the USA Today Preseason Poll Alter Florida's BCS Hopes?
Phil Sears-US PRESSWIRE

The USA Today coaches' poll was released earlier this week and the Florida Gators came in at No. 23. The Gators have been ranked in this poll every year since its inception in 1991. 

Preseason polls have shown to weight heavily in the ability of teams to qualify for BCS bowl games, and the Gators have their work cut out for them in 2012. On top of playing a difficult SEC schedule, the Gators will play four teams that are ranked inside the Top 10 this season. 

Ranked this low in the preseason, the Gators will have to fight an uphill battle if they want to have a chance to play in a BCS bowl game. 

Let's take a look at how Florida's preseason ranking will affect their chances of playing in the Sugar Bowl this season. 

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