Gamecocks vault to #3, Tigers drop a spot in latest AP poll

October 7, 2012

South Carolina, Florida and West Virginia move into the top five of The Associated Press college football poll after a Saturday during which nine Top 25 teams lost.  No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Oregon hold their spots at the top of the rankings. Alabama is a unanimous No. 1 again. The rest of the Top 25 got a makeover.  No. 3 South Carolina, off a 35-7 victory against Georgia, moves up three spots. No. 4 Florida jumps six after beating LSU 14-6. No. 5 West Virginia moves up three with a 48-45 victory at Texas.  No. 6 Kansas State, No. 7 Notre Dame and No. 8 Ohio State also move up. LSU drops to No. 9 and unbeaten Oregon State is No. 10.  The last time nine ranked teams lost in the same week was the weekend of Oct. 18, 2008.  The Gamecocks will face LSU on the road in a second consecutive top ten battle next weekend.  Among the losers on Saturday were Florida State, who falls to No. 12 and Georgia, who falls to No. 14.  Clemson, a 47-31 winner over Georgia Tech on Saturday, falls from No. 15 to No. 16.  The Tigers have an off week before facing Virginia Tech at home on October 20.  View the complete AP Top 25 here.

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