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Big shakeup at top of top 25; FSU is 17th; UF 21st

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The Associated Press Top 25 poll does not look the same as it did one week ago. With three of the top four teams losing on Saturday, that should come as no surprise.

Following Michigan’s loss to Iowa, Alabama is now a unanimous choice for the top spot. The Wolverines fell to fourth.

Ohio State moved into Michigan’s former spot at No. 2 followed by Louisville, who replaced Clemson after the Tigers’ shocking loss to Pittsburgh.

Washington, the former No. 4, dropped to seventh after losing at home to Southern California. The Trojans vaulted from nowhere to No.15 in this week’s poll.

Florida State moved up three positions to No. 17 after their lopsided win over Boston College. The Florida Gators moved up one position to the 21st position after their home win against South Carolina.

The South Florida Bulls received some votes for honorable mention.

While Alabama is rightfully recognized as the consensus top team in the country, the Big 10 has placed four teams in the top 10. In addition to Michigan and Ohio State, they are joined by Wisconsin and Penn State, who are ranked No. 6 and No. 9, respectively.

The Big 10, Pac 12 and SEC have five teams ranked overall. The Big 12 has four and the ACC has three.

Three non-Power five conferences are represented. The Mountain West has two teams in the top 25 while the Troy Trojans, representing the Sun Belt Conference, crash the party at No. 25.

The top 25 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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