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Despite win, ‘Noles slip while Gators tumble in AP Top 25

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Despite pulling out a 24-20 victory on the road at North Carolina State, the Florida State Seminoles dropped a position in this week’s AP Top 25 poll. The Florida Gators fell much further after their 31-10 loss at Arkansas. The Seminoles come in at No. 20 this week after starting the week 19th. They have taken some significant drops after losses, but this is the first time they lost ground after a win. LSU, who fell from 15th to 19th…

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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…

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Week 9 preview: ACC showdown; Browning faces tough Utes

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The last weekend before College Football Playoff selection committee starts releasing its rankings has potential for a serious shake-up in the postseason race. All seven of the nine remaining undefeated teams in FBS that are playing Saturday are on the road, including No. 3 Clemson at No. 12 Florida State and No. 7 Nebraska at No. 11 Wisconsin. The rankings that come out Tuesday night will be the first of six, and as always it is important to remember not…

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Idle Florida teams move up in AP Top 25

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Florida State and Florida are the two state schools still standing in this week’s AP Top 25 poll. Both teams were idle over the weekend, but moved ahead one spot each to 12th and 14th, respectively. Miami fell out of the top 25 following their big loss at Virginia Tech on Thursday, their third straight. The Hokies earned enough support to be ranked 25th, one week after falling out of the poll because of an embarrassing loss to Syracuse. South…

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AP Top 25: ‘Noles, Gators in top 15; ‘Canes out

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Both Florida State and Florida moved up in this week’s AP Top 25, while the Miami Hurricanes fell out of the rankings. The Seminoles climbed one spot to No. 13, while the Gators moved up three spots to claim the No. 15 ranking. Miami’s loss to North Carolina, their second straight defeat, dropped them out of the poll after reaching as high as number 10 just two weeks ago. Another Florida team is making some noise. The South Florida Bulls,…

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Florida State LB Matthew Thomas starting to live up to potential

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No one on Florida State’s roster knows more about bouncing back after getting knocked down more than Matthew Thomas. For the first time in four years, the junior linebacker is living up to the potential many saw when he was recruited in 2013. Thomas leads the 13th-ranked Seminoles in tackles going into Saturday’s game at South Florida. Florida State (2-1) is trying to bounce back after a 43-point loss last Saturday at Louisville. Considering that during the past three-plus seasons…

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By the numbers: Florida State-South Florida preview capsule

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No. 13 Florida State (2-1) at South Florida (3-0), Noon (ABC) Line: Florida State by 6. Series Record: Florida State leads 2-1. WHAT’S AT STAKE Florida State aims to bounce back from a 43-point loss to Louisville that cost the Seminoles the No. 2 ranking and maybe any shot they have of winding up in the College Football Playoff. South Florida, 3-0 for the first time under coach Willie Taggart, hopes to state its case on national television for wide…

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