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Clemson takes top spot in AP Top 25; Florida stays at 11, FSU at 19

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For the first time this season, someone other than the Ohio State Buckeyes sit atop the AP Top 25 poll. The Clemson Tigers, after their hard-fought, 23-13 victory over Florida State, jumped two spots to claim the Number 1 position.

Florida’s unimpressive 9-7 victory over Vanderbilt meant the Gators could do no better than remain at last week’s No. 11 spot. Florida State fell only two positions to number 19 following their loss at Clemson.

Ohio State’s casual 28-14 win over Minnesota contributed to their fall to second, while Alabama’s domination over former No. 4 LSU moved the Crimson Tide back near the top for the first time since their early-season loss to Mississippi. LSU fell to ninth.

The biggest mover among last week’s ranked teams was Oklahoma State. The Cowboys leaped 7 positions to Number 5 after an impressive takedown of former No. 5 TCU.

One of the biggest stories in college football is the Navy Midshipmen. After they sunk previously unbeaten Memphis on Saturday, the Middies are ranked No. 22. This is the first time Navy has been ranked since 2004 when coach Paul Johnson (now at Georgia Tech), led them to a 10-2 mark, finishing 24th.

Mississippi State is the only other ranked SEC team, coming in at No. 20. The other ACC team in the Top 25 Poll is North Carolina at No. 17. Notre Dame, whose only loss was a two-point defeat at Clemson, is No. 6.

The Big 10 leads all conferences with 6 teams in the top 25. The Big 12, like the SEC and ACC, has four teams.

An emerging major conference is the American. In addition to Navy, the league also has unbeaten Houston at No. 16, Temple at No. 21 and Memphis, who fell from No. 15 to No. 25 after their loss to Navy.

The Pacific 12 has three teams.

The AP Top 25 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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