Bleacher Report says four Florida football teams to finish in Top 20

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We still have a long wait until college football hits the state of Florida, but if you pay attention to the Bleacher Report, it’s going to be worth it.

Bleacher Report anticipates a good season in the Sunshine State, led by Florida State at No. three. The site thinks FSU, behind quarterback Deondre Francois,  will finish third in the nation despite a tough schedule, including Alabama in the opener.

That isn’t all, however. The website says USF will finish 17th with an 11-2 record behind quarterback Quinton Flowers.

Bleacher Report has Miami finishing No. 19 despite a new quarterback. The Hurricanes are picked to finish 9-4.

Florida is down to finish No. 21 at 9-4. Once again, Bleacher Report says, the defense will carry the load for Florida as coach Jim McElwain continues to search for his quarterback.


Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit