Florida Falls to No. 2 As Alabama Becomes No. 1 in The AP Poll

James WalkerAnalyst IIOctober 18, 2009

GAINESVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 17: Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators celebrates a win with coach Urban Meyer against the University of Arkansas Razorbacks October 17, 2009 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

After coming from behind against Arkansas to win their sixth game of the season, the Florida Gators have fallen to No. 2 as Alabama rose to No. 1 in the AP Poll.

Alabama, on the coattails of Mark Ingram's outstanding performance against South Carolina, has won the hearts of 39 voters this week. At the same time, he has also become a Heisman candidate.

Now, help me understand how the defending National Champions and winners of 16 straight games dating back to the 2008 season have now dropped in the AP poll?

Yes, Alabama has been impressive. 

Yes, Alabama easily defeated Arkansas; whereas the Gators struggled throughout the game before pulling out with :09 seconds left.

Nevertheless, the Florida Gators are still undefeated.

The USA Today Coaches Poll still has Florida No. 1, but the writers obviously know more than the coaches who vote in the coaches poll.

Who knows what is going to happen for the remainder of the season. There is plenty of football to be played, and the Gators must travel to Mississippi State to face the Bulldogs and former offensive coordinator Dan Mullen.

I am the first to admit that the Gators offensive play has been lackluster since the Tennessee game, and that Florida's defense has carried the team.  But again, as a team, Florida has done what it takes to win.

Alabama still has Tennessee, LSU, and Auburn on the schedule, and two of those teams (i.e. LSU and Auburn) have legitimate shots at upsetting the Crimson Tide.

Most feel that the SEC Championship in Atlanta will host both Florida and Alabama, and by default it will be the actual National Championship game. The SEC has garnered that much respect, and rightfully so.

Florida must address their offensive woes if they hope to make it to Atlanta. 

Freshman Andre Debose was suppose to be the answer to Percy Harvin's departure, but an injury shelved him for the season. Riley Cooper, Dave Nelson, and Deonte Thompson have yet to step up to become the go-to guy at WR.

Have the defensive coordinators in the SEC figured out the spread offensive attack?  Have the Florida Gators become too predictable? Are the Gators really over-rated?

The answer to all three questions is no.

Coach Urban Meyer has a rookie offensive coordinator in Steve Addazio. Meyer must allow Addazio to assimilate into his new role, but not at the expense of offensive productivity.

It is obvious that Dan Mullen's departure is also having an affect on the overall performance of the Gators' offense.

At the end of the day, all that matters is winning games, and Florida has done just that. Continue to win and the Gators will make it to Pasadena. 

However, if they do not come up with ways to address the opportunities to improve their passing game, then they will eventually slide further down the polls and nothing else will matter.