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No change at top of AP Top 25; FSU 12th, Miami 14th, UF 23rd

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While the top seven teams remained in place, other movement highlights this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll. Alabama, Ohio State and Louisville remained the top three teams, but Tennessee vaulted over Florida State after the Volunteers’ 38-28 victory over Florida.

Some analysts felt Tennessee’s win would send them into the top 10, but they came in at No. 11, just behind Washington. Florida State’s 55-35 win on the road against South Florida moved them up one spot to No. 12.

Florida fell to the 23rd position, down four spots from a week ago. Despite being idle, the Miami Hurricanes moved up one position to 14th.

Georgia, who was hammered by Mississippi 45-14, had the biggest fall, dropping 13 spots to the No. 25 position. Michigan State plummeted nine spots to No. 17 after being clobbered by the new No. 8 Wisconsin.

Perhaps the biggest surprise was the rise of the Rebels. Despite a 2-2 record, the Ole Miss rout of Georgia convinced voters to move them up seven positions to the No. 16 slot. This will add another item to the rest of the country’s cry about SEC bias.

LSU dropped from the poll after their narrow loss to Auburn on Saturday. Joining the top 25 for the first time is Boise State, who comes in at No. 24.

We know a shakeup among the top five will be seen in next week’s poll. No. 3 Louisville travels to No. 5 Clemson in a battle of Heisman hopefuls in Louisville’s Lamar Jackson and Clemson’s Deshaun Watson.

The SEC has seven teams in the top 25, followed by the Big 10 with five. The ACC has four representatives followed by the Pac 12 with three, the Big 12 with three, the Mountain West with two, and the American with 1.

The AP Top 25 poll is 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 [email protected]

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