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Top 2 unchanged in AP Top 25; FSU 9th, Gators 19th

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Clemson and Alabama remained at No. 1 and No. 2 in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll released on Sunday. Only four of the remaining 23 teams remained in their positions from last week.

Florida State finished in the ninth position and the Florida Gators only dropped one position to 19th following their 29-15 loss to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. North Carolina wound up 10th after the Tar Heels’ lost to Clemson in the ACC Championship Game. Michigan State, Oklahoma round out the top four.

The rankings match the four teams selected by the College Football Playoff Selection Committee to compete for the national championship beginning Dec. 31. Stanford’s Pac 12 championship earned them the No. 5 slot, while Iowa’s last-second loss in the Big 10 Championship Game saw them finish in the sixth position, just ahead of Ohio State.

Houston was the biggest climber, jumping three spots to No. 14 after winning the American Athletic Conference Championship Game over Temple. Baylor fell the furthest, dropping to No. 18 from No. 12 after losing to Texas on Saturday.

Western Kentucky gave Conference USA a spot in the Top 25, finishing 25th. Notre Dame, an independent playing an ACC schedule, finished at No. 8.

The Big 10 leads with six members in the Top 25, followed by the SEC and Big 12 with four, the ACC, Pac 12 and American with three.

The final AP Top 25 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

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