Some moving and shaking in the latest AP Top 25 Poll released on Tuesday afternoon. And it includes the addition of one of the state schools that was not in the initial poll last week.
First, UCF is the highest ranked team in the state coming in this week at #19. That’s two spots higher than where they were a week ago. There’s no doubt the Knights Thursday night’s 56-17 rout of UConn last week made an impression on the pollsters.
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The Miami Hurricanes are next in the AP 25, but have dropped 14 spots from eighth to #22. This is after LSU pounded the Canes Sunday night at AT&T Stadium, 33-17. The Tigers, by the way, got huge respect and the largest jump this week of any team- up to #11 from 25th a week ago.
The Gators must have been impressing some of the AP voters with their 52-6 blowout of Charleston Southern Saturday night at the Swamp, because Florida entered the AP Top 25 for the first time at #25.
Meanwhile, Florida State’s Monday night 24-3 loss to Virginia Tech cost them their top 25 ranking, as they dropped out from the 19th position. The Noles did receive 8 votes but not nearly enough to stick in the Top 25.
USF, which was receiving some votes last week did not receive any votes in this top 25 session. The Bulls won easily 34-14 over Elon Saturday night, but apparently, not by a big enough margin to get them into the top 25, like Florida.
The top three of the AP remained unchanged with Alabama at the top, Clemson second and the Georgia Bulldogs coming in third. All were easy winners in their opening contests.
The voters chose to move Ohio State up form fifth to fourth swapping spots with Wisconsin. Both Big Ten powers won easily at home by large margins, but the voters seemed to like the Buckeyes blowout better.
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