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FSU tumbles in AP Top 25; Gators climb while idle

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Florida State’s shocking 22-16 loss to Georgia Tech cost the Seminoles 8 spots in this week’s AP Top 25 poll. FSU dropped to No. 17 following the loss in which the offense again struggled.

The Seminoles will try to start the climb back up the rankings on Saturday when Syracuse comes to Doak Campbell Stadium. The following Saturday, they travel to play Clemson, now ranked Number 3 after the Tigers’ historic 58-0 wipeout of Miami.

The Florida Gators picked up two spots while idle. Florida is now ranked 11th heading into their big Halloween game in Jacksonville against the wounded Georgia Bulldogs.

Ohio State maintained their hold on the top spot and actually regained some of the early confidence lost among some of the voters. Over the past few weeks the Buckeyes had lost enough first place votes to the point where only a plurality of those casting ballots thought they were the best team.

This week, Ohio State had a majority of 39 first place votes, with the other 22 split between No. 2 Baylor, Clemson, No. 4 LSU and TCU. The return of J.T. Barrett as the starting quarterback ignited the Buckeye offense in a 49-7 rout of Rutgers. They looked like the Ohio State of 2014.

One voter somehow gave a first place vote to one-loss Alabama, who may not even be the best remaining one-loss team. That honor could go to surging Stanford, who moved to No. 8 following a 31-14 takedown of Washington.

Since an opening loss at Northwestern, the Cardinal has reeled off 6 impressive wins in succession. Alabama, on the other hand, struggled again at home. They managed to survive upstart Tennessee, 19-14.

Number 2 Baylor may have a difficult time maintaining their position. Their impressive quarterback, Seth Russell, suffered a broken bone in his neck. No determination has been made on the length of time he will be out, but it can’t be good.

The other top 10 team to lose significant ground was Utah. The Utes tumbled 10 spots to No. 13 following their 42-24 upset loss at Southern California. Notre Dame and Iowa entered the top 10 at the expense of Utah and FSU. The Fighting Irish and the Hawkeyes are ranked ninth and tenth respectively.

The complete AP Top 25 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 Bob@ramos-sparks.com.

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