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Gators vault to 13th in AP Top 25; Seminoles up to 15th

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Voters in the Associated Press Top 25 poll were impressed by Florida’s unexpected win at LSU on Saturday. The Gators’ 16-10 victory fueled their surge from the 21st position to No. 13 in this week’s poll.

The Gators climbed over four teams who won on Saturday, including Florida State. The Seminoles moved up from the 17th to the 15th slot following their impressive 45-14 win at Syracuse.

Florida will travel to Tallahassee Saturday to face the Seminoles.

Alabama was again a unanimous selection at the top of the poll. The Crimson Tide earned all 61 first place votes and finished well ahead of second place Ohio State, who barely survived against a downtrodden Michigan State team on Saturday.

Fellow Big 10 member Michigan stayed at No. 3. One of those teams will drop out of the Top 5 after their annual grudge match on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.

Clemson and Wisconsin round out the Top 5. Both of those teams should move into the Top 4 with victories on Saturday.

With Penn State coming in the eighth position, the Big 10 has four teams in the Top 10. Louisville fell out of the Top 10 after their 36-10 thrashing at the hands of Houston. The Cougars returned to the Top 25, coming in at No. 18.

LSU fell nine spots to No. 25 after their home loss to the Gators. Tennessee returned to the Top 25 at the 23rd position. Poll voters thought their 63-37 win over lowly Missouri was enough.

Besides Alabama, the only remaining unbeaten team is the 11-0 Western Michigan Broncos of the Mid-American Conference, who is ranked at No. 14.

The SEC placed six teams in the Top 25 while the Big 10 and the Pac 12 had five. The ACC and Big 12 had three teams each in the Top 25, while the American, Mountain West, and Mid-American Conference had one each.

The AP 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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