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Gators enter top 10 in AP poll; Seminoles 19th

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The Florida Gators have crashed the top 10 in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll. Following their 24-10 victory over rival Georgia on Saturday, Florida (6-1) climbed four positions to come in at No. 10,  their highest ranking of the year.

Florida State (5-3), after their heartbreaking 37-34 loss to No. 3 Clemson, fell seven spots to come in at No. 19. A victory would have seen the Seminoles firmly ensconced within the top 10. As it stands, Florida State is the only team in the top 25 with three losses.

On a week where several teams lost for the first time this season, the top six teams remained in place, led by Alabama and Michigan, who remained at first and second, respectively. Behind Clemson is unbeaten Washington and one-loss Louisville and Ohio State.

Alabama is clearly the top team in the land, but the poll is recognizing another Alabama team playing extremely well. Auburn has won five in a row to go 6-2 and now occupies the eleventh position in the poll. They are expected to be 9-2 by the time they face Alabama on Nov. 26.

The SEC, Big 10 and ACC are solidifying themselves as this year’s top power conferences. All members of the top 10 come from one of these leagues. With previously unbeaten Baylor and West Virginia taking their first losses of the season, the Big 12 fell out of the top 10 for the first time.

Alabama leads five SEC representatives in the top 25 while Michigan joins with four other Big 10 members. Five ACC schools are ranked along with four from the Big 12, four from the Pac 12 and one each from the Mid-American and Mountain West.

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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