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AP Top 25: USF rises; UF slips; FSU drops out

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The Associated Press Top 25 poll showed no change among the top 5 teams, while two teams joined the top 10 for the first time this year. Among Florida teams, Miami and Florida stayed about the same, while South Florida climbed three spots. Florida State dropped out.

Alabama maintained their solid hold on the top spot, followed by Clemson, Oklahoma, Penn State and USC. Georgia crashed the top 10 in the 7th position following their big win over former No. 17 Mississippi State while TCU jumped 7 spots to No. 9 after their ambush of former No. 6 Oklahoma State.

South Florida is getting more attention following their 4-0 start. Last Thursday’s 43-7 romp over Temple helped the Bulls move up three spots to No. 18.

Miami is the highest ranked team in the state at No. 14. Their 52-30 win over Toledo allowed them to hold the same position they had a week ago.

The Florida Gators’ 28-27 nail biter over Kentucky did not impress the AP voters. They dropped from No. 20 to 21 in this week’s poll.

Florida State’s disappointing 27-21 loss to North Carolina State knocked them out of the top 25. The 0-2 Seminoles were 12th a week ago.

Another Florida team on the rise is the Central Florida Knights. After their 38-10 drubbing of Maryland on the road, UCF earned four votes, which would put them among the top 35 teams.

Alabama is one of 6 SEC teams in the top 25. With FSU’s departure, the ACC has four teams as does the Big 12, Pac 12 and Big 10. The Mountain West and American (USF) had one each, plus Notre Dame, who plays as an independent.

The poll can be found here.

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Bob Sparks is President of Ramos and Sparks Group, a Tallahassee-based business and political consulting firm. During his career, he has directed media relations and managed events for professional baseball, served as chief spokesperson for the Republican Party of Florida as well as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Attorney General of Florida. After serving as Executive Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Charlie Crist, he returned to the private sector working with clients including the Republican National Committee and political candidates in Japan. He lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Sue and can be reached at Bob@ramos-sparks.com.

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