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CFP rankings: Tide rolls while Gators & FSU still in playoff hunt

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For those in the chorus that sings about SEC bias in punditry and polling, you have some sheet music before you. The College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings are now out and if the playoffs were to begin today, two Southeastern Conference teams would be among the four playing for a championship. The on again, off again, on again romance between college football pollsters and Alabama is back on again. After a fall from grace prompted by a home loss to…

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Gators take a wild ride in AP Top 25

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Ohio State maintained its position at the top of the AP Top 25 poll despite an unexpectedly close game against Indiana, while TCU moved into second after yet another huge offensive performance. The biggest story involves the state of Florida. Once conference play begins, one SEC team seems to rocket up the AP Top 25 poll each week following an impressive win against a conference foe. This week’s collection of astronauts is the Florida Gators who vaulted from Number 25…

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Gators join AP Top 25; Florida State drops while idle

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For the first time in two years, the Florida Gators are back in the AP 25. Following their thrilling 28-27 come from behind win over Tennessee, Coach Jim McElwain’s Gators slid into the Number 25 slot. In a week where Southeastern Conference teams otherwise made little to no movement, Florida vaulted from the “also receiving votes” group into the rankings. The Gators are one of 6 SEC schools represented in the Top 25, including Mississippi State, who also jumped into…

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ACC football has recently outperformed SEC in biggest games

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As conference play steps up in college football, the interest in the post-season playoffs will pick up as well. The selection process that will determine the four teams who will be selected to go for the title will face intensified scrutiny. The protocol for that process includes polling numbers. The selection committee understands the shortcomings involved with polls. “Ranking football teams is an art, not a science,” are the very first words of the College Football Playoff home page. The…

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