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Gators storm to #8 in AP Top 25; FSU at #11

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For the first time since 2012, the Florida Gators have crashed the top 10 of the Associated Press Top 25 poll. Florida is ranked Number 8, up 3 spots from last week.

The Gators took their record to 5-0 with a 21-3 road win at Missouri. They will quickly have the chance to prove their ranking on Saturday. Number 6 LSU will host Florida in a key SEC inter-divisional matchup.

Florida State made some progress. After losing ground in previous polls after victories, the Seminoles improved by one position to come in at Number 11 after their  narrow 29-24 home victory over Miami.

Florida State is now 5-0 along with their ACC rival Clemson. The Tigers rocked Georgia Tech 43-24 on Saturday. Florida State travels to Clemson on November 7.

The ACC was represented by three schools. Duke, 5-1, entered the rankings at Number 25 after a 44-3 win at Army. Their only loss was to Number 20 Northwestern. Notre Dame, who plays an ACC schedule, moved up one spot to 14.

Ohio State remained at the top of the poll, but their hold on Number 1 is slipping. Their 27 first place votes are a season low and marks the first time that a majority of voters think someone other than the Buckeyes should be number one.

Baylor jumped over TCU for Number 2, while the Horned Frogs maintained their position at 3. Utah clearly has the attention of voters. The Utes moved from fifth to fourth in the poll and earned 13 first place votes after their 30-24 win over number 23 California.

The biggest mover was Michigan, who shot up from the 18th spot to number 12 after their third consecutive shutout on Saturday, a 38-0 rout of previously Number 13 Northwestern. Alabama, who had jumped into the top 10 last week after an impressive win over Georgia, fell two spots to number 10 despite winning. Their 27-14 win at home against unranked Arkansas did not impress voters.

Five SEC teams are in the Top 25 while the Big 10 has a similar number. The Big 12 and Pac 12 have four each.

The entire 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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