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AP Top 25: ‘Noles, Gators in top 15; ‘Canes out

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Both Florida State and Florida moved up in this week’s AP Top 25, while the Miami Hurricanes fell out of the rankings. The Seminoles climbed one spot to No. 13, while the Gators moved up three spots to claim the No. 15 ranking.

Miami’s loss to North Carolina, their second straight defeat, dropped them out of the poll after reaching as high as number 10 just two weeks ago.

Another Florida team is making some noise. The South Florida Bulls, who moved to 6-1 on the season, earned 31 votes, just short of making the top 25. Their only loss was to Florida State.

The top two teams, Alabama and Ohio State, maintained their positions at one and two, respectively. There was a change at number three with Michigan going ahead of Clemson after the Tigers’ miracle escape against North Carolina State.

Alabama earned 60 of the available first place votes with Michigan claiming the one holdout. Washington maintained their number five ranking from a week ago. Rounding out the top ten is Texas A&M, Louisville, Nebraska, Baylor and Wisconsin in that order.

North Carolina is back in the top 25 after their win over Miami. Virginia Tech’s shocking loss to Syracuse made their stay in the poll a short-lived one week.

LSU returned to the top 25 after another impressive win, joining Auburn as new SEC entrants. Tennessee took a big hit, falling from the ninth to 18th position after their drubbing at the hands of Alabama.

Now that the SEC is beating up on each other, they are up to eight teams in the top 25. The ACC and Big 10 have four each, while the Big 12 has three; the Pac 12 and American Conference have two each with the Mid-American and Mountain West claiming one spot each.

The full poll can be found here.

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