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Posted by on October 10th, 2011 in blog, CFF Features, Jeff Siverhus | No Comments

For the first time since Dec. 6, 1982, no Sunshine State team was among the AP rankings on Sunday, marking the end of 472 straight polls where either Florida, Florida State or Miami — and usually all three — were on the list. Both Florida and Florida State lost Saturday, the Gators losing at No. 1 LSU 41-11 and the Seminoles continuing their freefall with a 35-30 setback at Wake Forest.

Adding to this incredible statistic is the following; Saturday was just the second instance since Oct. 14, 1978, that Florida, Florida State and Miami lost on the same day. It also happened Oct. 30, 2004.

Now, I don’t know about you but I tend to think this is just a blimp on the radar. For one, Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher is in his second year and his starting QB went down in the Oklahoma game. Will Muschamp is in his first year at Florida, and just had a two week tour in hell of arguably playing the two best teams in the country. Down in Miami, Al Golden is in his first year and trying to feel his way through the fiasco that was left for him from the Devin Shapiro scandal.

The fact that these three programs have been such a relevant and dominating force in the college football world for 30 years speaks volumes. It is well documented that the state of Florida is a hotbed for High School football recruits and these three programs and their dominance for the better part of three decades is living proof of this.

Rest assured, all three schools appear to be in competent hands with the new coaching regimes. They will continue to be a relevant part of the college landscape for years to come. This was just one of those amazing statistics that make you do a double take, and stand back in amazement of the accomplishment of three schools that are in such relative close proximity.


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