The 2023 preseason coaches’ poll has been unveiled and one team will have a tough slate in the upcoming season. Florida fans believe the Gators have the most difficult schedule ahead of the opening weekend.
UF will play five teams ranked in the top 15, with three of those matchups coming away from home. After a 6-7 finish last year, it could be more tough sledding for the Gators this season.
The preseason coaches’ poll was littered with SEC teams, as it is every single year, but what makes Florida’s schedule stand out is the non-conference slate.
AFCA Preseason Coaches Poll is here! 🔥
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— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) August 7, 2023
On top of annual conference rivalries with Georgia, LSU, and Tennessee, the Gators will travel to Utah for the season opener and close with Florida State at home.
Each of those five programs boast top 15 standing as the preseason winds down.
UGA is fresh off back-to-back national titles while LSU played the Bulldogs for an SEC crown last year. Utah won the PAC 12 by taking down Heisman winner Caleb Williams, while the Vols just completed their best season in two decades.
FSU is expected to improve after adding and returning top talent to a roster that just won 10 games.
Fans were quick to react to the difficult path that lies ahead for the Gators as they posted reactions on social media.
Gators play 1, 5, 8, 10, 14.
5 teams in the top 15. Whew https://t.co/zjOSChSorI
— David Waters – Gators Breakdown (@GatorDave_SEC) August 7, 2023
“Florida plays 1/3 of the Top 15,” one fan wrote.
All I see is Florida playing 1/3 of the Top 15
— Kord Robidoux (@KordR) August 7, 2023
This college football personality compared the schedule to “getting hit with a baseball bat.”
Florida’s schedule is like getting hit with a baseball bat when you walk in the door
— Jake “JBOY” Crain (@JakeCrain_) August 1, 2023
Making things more difficult, the Gators play also play three teams just outside the Top 25 in South Carolina, Arkansas, and Kentucky. Yikes!