First it was Florida State, now it's Florida.
For the first time in nearly eight years, a team from the state of Florida is not among the top five in The Associated Press' Top 25 college football poll.Tennessee's 20-17 overtime victory over Florida Saturday night sent the Gators from No. 2 to No. 8 in this week's poll. A week ago, the Seminoles lost to North Carolina State and tumbled from No. 2 to No. 11.
The last time the Sunshine State teams were out of the top five was Oct. 27, 1990, when Miami was eighth, Florida State 12th and Florida 15th. The Hurricanes last made the top five early in the 1994 season.
Ohio State, meanwhile, moved closer to a unanimous choice as No. 1. The Buckeyes, 35-14 winners over Missouri, received 64 first-place votes and 1,744 points from the 70 sportswriters and broadcasters on the AP panel. Last week, Ohio State had 57 first-place votes.
Nebraska, which had the week off, moved up a notch to No. 2 with one first-place vote and 1,601 points, while UCLA improved a spot to No. 3 with a first-place vote and 1,562 points. The Bruins beat Houston 42-24.
Tennessee, which ended a five-game losing streak against Florida, moved up two places to No. 4 with two first-place votes and 1,542 points. Kansas State, a 48-7 winner over Texas, remained No. 5 with two first-place votes and 1,522 points.
LSU advanced a place to No. 6, followed by No. 7 Penn State, No. 8 Florida, No. 9 Washington and No. 10 Florida State.
The Seminoles moved back into the top 10 with a 62-13 victory over Duke. The Nittany Lions, despite a narrow 20-13 win over Pittsburgh, moved up one spot from a week ago.