FSU, Miami rise in AP poll after first weekend

Florida State's rally over Ole Miss Monday night helped the Seminoles climb to No. 3 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 college football poll, released Tuesday.

FSU overcame a 28-6 deficit in the second half to overwhelm the Rebels, 45-34, and move up a spot from its preseason ranking of No. 4.

Miami moved into the poll at No. 25 after its 70-3 win over Florida A&M Saturday. The Hurricanes took the final spot from Florida, which fell out of the rankings despite a 24-7 victory over UMass.

Meanwhile, Texas is ranked for the first time under coach Charlie Strong, coming in at No. 11 after a rousing opening victory against Notre Dame.

The last time the Longhorns were ranked was November 2013, Mack Brown's last as coach.

No. 10 Wisconsin also made a big jump into the Top 25 after beating LSU. The Tigers and Fighting Irish were among seven ranked teams that lost during the first weekend of the season.

Alabama is still No. 1. The Crimson Tide picked up 21 first-place votes to total 54 after its 52-6 victory against Southern California. Clemson remained No. 2. Florida State moved up to No. 3. Ohio State is No. 4 and Michigan is No. 5. Houston is No. 6.



- Wisconsin, which beat LSU 16-14 at Lambeau Field, matched a record for the best season debut in the Top 25 with its No. 10 ranking. Arizona also went from unranked to No. 10 in 2014 after the Wildcats won at Oregon.

- Texas A&M is in at No. 20 after beating UCLA, then No. 16, in overtime.

- Miami slipped in at No. 25.


- USC, UCLA and North Carolina dropped out after loses.

- Florida, which was No. 25, fell out after beating Massachusetts 24-7.


- No. 6 Houston and No. 9 Georgia had the biggest jumps for preseason ranked teams. Each moved up nine spots after victories over ranked teams.


- LSU fell from No. 5 to No. 21. The 16-spot drop is the fourth largest in poll history.

- No. 14 Oklahoma dropped 11 spots from No. 3 after losing 33-23 to Houston

- No. 17 Tennessee, No. 18 Notre Dame and No. 19 Mississippi all fell eight spots. The Volunteers dropped after an overtime victory against Appalachian State.


- No. 6 Houston has its highest ranking since Nov. 4, 1990 (No. 3).

- No. 8 Washington has its highest rank since Nov. 4, 2001 (No. 8).


SEC - 6

Big Ten - 5

Big 12 - 5

ACC - 4

Pac 12 - 3

American - 1

Independent - 1

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