Florida State closing distance on Alabama, Oregon in football poll

Nov. 4, 2013 at 5:53 AM
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MCLEAN, Va., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Florida State makes strong gains on USA Today's coaches' poll leaders Alabama and Oregon in the latest voting update.

No. 1 Alabama and second-ranked Oregon were idle last week, leaving Florida State in the spotlight and the Seminoles responded with a 41-14 win over former Top 10 member Miami (Fla.).

As a result Florida State (8-0) cut into the leaders' vote totals. Alabama (8-0) receives 54 first-place votes -- two fewer than last week -- and Oregon (8-0) drops one first-place mention from the previous poll and has five. Those three lost first-place votes now belong to No. 3-ranked Florida State.

Ohio State (9-0) remains fourth and Baylor (8-0) is again fifth.

Alabama, which goes against No. 12 Louisiana State; Oregon, which plays at No. 6 Stanford; and Baylor, hosting No. 8 Oklahoma, all have big tests this week.

Miami drops eight spots, allowing eight teams to each inch up one place. The other ranked teams that lost were Texas Tech, which also slips eight places to 23rd, and Michigan, which falls out of the Top 25.

The biggest gainer was Michigan State, which is up five places to 19th after beating Michigan.

Stanford (7-1) moves up to sixth ahead of seventh-ranked Clemson (8-1) and Oklahoma (7-1). Missouri (8-1) comes in ninth and Auburn (8-1) takes the 10th spot.

Oklahoma State (7-1) is voted 11th and Texas A&M (7-2) comes in after LSU as the two highest-ranked teams with two loses. Miami (Fla.) (7-1) is 14th and at its lowest ranking in four weeks. South Carolina (7-2) holds the 15th place.

Louisville (7-1) is now 16th, not far ahead of No. 17 Fresno State (8-0). UCLA (6-2) sits in 18th with Michigan State (8-1) at 19 and Northern Illinois (9-0) again at 20th.

Central Florida (6-1) improves to 21st and Wisconsin (6-2) is 22nd. Texas Tech (7-2) is 23rd while No. 24 Arizona State (6-2) returns to the rankings this week. Notre Dame (7-2) continues to hold down the No. 25 spot.

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