Thanks to Stanford’s upset loss to Utah, Florida State cracked the coaches’ poll Top Five Sunday afternoon. Thanks to that same loss, this weekend’s biggest game now has the rankings across the board to prove it.
Just as they did in the coaches’ voting, the Seminoles moved into the Top Five at No. 5 of the Associated Press‘ latest poll release. With Clemson entrenched again at No. 3, this Saturday’s game will mark the fourth all-time meeting between two ACC schools ranked in the Top Five, and the first since No. 5 Miami defeated No. 3 Virginia Tech in 2005.
Florida State and Clemson are two of the three ACC teams in the AP’s Top 10, with the other being Miami. That’s the first time since Oct. of 2005 that three teams from that conference have been ranked in the Top 10 the same week.
As expected, Missouri also made a significant upward move on the strength of its win over Georgia. Just as they were in the coaches’ poll, the Tigers are ranked 14th exiting Week 7 after cracking the AP’s Top 25 last weekend for the first time in two years. UGA, on the other hand, fell eight spots to No. 15.
There was also history of sorts made with this release, with a whopping eight teams from the SEC littered throughout the rankings. That’s the first time eight teams from a single conference have been included in the AP Top 25. Three of those SEC teams (No. 1 Alabama, No. 6 LSU and No. 7 Texas A&M) are in the Top Ten. The other three outside of those three plus Mizzou and UGA are South Carolina (No. 11), Florida (No. 22) and Auburn (No. 24).
The 5-1 Tigers are making its 2013 AP poll debut, and their first appearance since Oct. of 2011.
Baylor moved up three spots to No. 12, the football program’s highest showing since 1991. The Bears are also the highest-ranked team in the Big 12, the first time that’s happened in that conference’s history.
Outside of those already mentioned, the Top 10 is rounded out by Oregon (No. 2), Ohio State (No. 4), Louisville (No. 8) and UCLA (No. 9). The Bruins are inside the Top 10 for the first time since Oct. of 2005.
Interestingly, and probably not wholly surprising, undefeated Louisville, coming off a blasé win last Thursday night, was leapfrogged by a pair of one-loss SEC teams (LSU, A&M).
Of the 14 FBS teams that remain unbeaten, Houston is the only one not in this week’s Top 25. The Cougars, in fact, aren’t even close; their three votes are behind 10 other teams in the “Others Receiving Votes” category.
Michigan (No. 18) and Northwestern (No. 19) dropped out this week thanks to losses, replaced by Auburn and Wisconsin (No. 25).
(Much thanks to the esteemed Ralph Russo for a couple of the exciting tidbits contained above. Hit him up HERE on Twitter)