Stassen has now tracked thirteen of its fifteen sources for its preseason consensus chart and Georgia is still firmly ensconced in third.
And if you look closely, you’ll find a reason why Florida rates so highly — there’s no other team that the pundits congregate around for that eighth spot. There’s a big gap between the Gators and seventh and there’s a big gap between the Gators and ninth. It’s basically process of elimination; somebody’s gotta be eighth.
When college football is top-heavy, as it is this season, everything outside the top sixth is basically a crap shoot, anyway.