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College Football Rankings: Should Florida Be in the Top 25 After LSU Beatdown?

GAINESVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 17:  Running back Chris Rainey #1 of the Florida Gators is chased by defensive lineman Malik Jackson #97 of the Tennessee Volunteers during a game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Adam SpencerCorrespondent IOctober 9, 2011

The Florida Gators were absolutely demolished by the LSU Tigers on Saturday afternoon, 41-11.

The vaunted Florida defense gave up 452 yards and looked slow and out of place more often than not.

The offense wasn't much better, accumulating only 100 passing yards and throwing two interceptions.

They clearly missed John Brantley on Saturday, because freshman Jacoby Brissett just isn't ready for SEC football.

But, taking into account a freshman quarterback and the fact that they lost to the No. 1 team in the country, do they deserve a spot in the top 25?

The answer is no. The Gators certainly didn't look like a top-25 team on Saturday and that's not going to get better any time soon with Brantley out.

The quarterback play is not going to improve drastically in coming weeks. Brissett will get some valuable experience, but that's not going to keep Gator fans happy. They want to win now, not develop a quarterback for the future.

Also, with inconsistencies at quarterback, the opposing defenses can load the box and focus on stopping Chris Rainey and the running game.

And those are just the offensive problems. The defense has looked bad the past couple weeks against Alabama and LSU as well.

If they don't figure out how to keep running backs contained, they aren't going to like facing Michael Dyer and Marcus Lattimore in the coming weeks.

With that being said, they have plenty of opportunities to score an upset and earn their way back into the top 25, starting next week.

They have to travel to Auburn to take on a pretty good Tigers team. If they can manage to win, it will be a big win, even though Auburn too will likely fall out of the top 25 this week after an ugly loss to Arkansas.

Then, after a bye week, they play Georgia, Vanderbilt and South Carolina. That's a tough schedule, and they are going to need to beat more than just Vandy to get back in the top 25.

So, for right now, they deserve to be right outside the top 25. But, I don't see them getting back into the polls any time soon.

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