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Despite win, ‘Noles slip while Gators tumble in AP Top 25

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Despite pulling out a 24-20 victory on the road at North Carolina State, the Florida State Seminoles dropped a position in this week’s AP Top 25 poll. The Florida Gators fell much further after their 31-10 loss at Arkansas.

The Seminoles come in at No. 20 this week after starting the week 19th. They have taken some significant drops after losses, but this is the first time they lost ground after a win. LSU, who fell from 15th to 19th after their 10-0 loss to Alabama, is the only other team besides FSU who sits in the top 25 with three losses.

Florida fell from the tenth position to No. 22 this week after their disappointing performance against the Razorbacks. They will attempt to start the climb up again when Will Muschamp and South Carolina come to Gainesville on Saturday.

Alabama is again the overwhelming choice at the top of the poll. The Crimson Tide earned 60 first place votes on a weekly basis, while Michigan consistently picks up the remaining vote to come in at No. 2. Clemson, Washington, and Louisville round out the top five.

For those who believe in SEC bias when it comes to rankings, this week’s poll will provide some fodder for the discussion. Despite a shocking loss to Mississippi State, the Texas A&M Aggies did not even fall out of the top 10. They went from No. 7 to No. 10.

Auburn jumped three spots from 11th to eighth despite a narrow 23-16 home win over Vanderbilt. Their rise can be attributed to others ahead of them losing on Saturday.

The ACC placed five teams in the top 25 as did the SEC and Big 10. The latter two conferences have three teams each in the top 10.

The Pac 12 and Big 12 have four teams each while the Mid-American and Mountain West each have one.

The poll can be found here.


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

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