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Alabama still tops poll, Florida State moves up to No. 2

<p>Alabama remained the top team in the latest Associated Press college football poll and Florida State moved up to No. 2 after Oregon's loss on Thursday.</p>

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Alabama remained the top team in the latest Associated Press college football poll and Florida State moved up to No. 2 after Oregon's loss on Thursday.

Alabama strengthened its hold on the top ranking after a 38-17 win over LSU on Saturday. The Crimson Tide received 56 first-place votes -- four more than last week -- and a total of 1,472 points from a nationwide media panel.

Florida State roughed up Wake Forest on Saturday, 59-3, and moved up one spot from third. The Seminoles, however, earned just three first-place votes -- three fewer than last week.

Ohio State was idle this weekend and inched up a spot to No. 3, followed by Baylor, Stanford and Oregon. The Bears also ascended one spot after a 41-12 rout of Oklahoma on Thursday, while Oregon tumbled four places from second after its 26-20 loss at Stanford.

Auburn, Clemson and Missouri each held their respective places from last week, while Texas A&M moved up one spot to complete this week's top 10. LSU was 10th last week, but the loss in Tuscaloosa dropped the Tigers eight places.

South Carolina starts the second 10, which also consists of Oklahoma State, UCLA, Michigan State, UCF, Fresno State, Wisconsin, LSU, Louisville and Northern Illinois. Moving up four spots each were Michigan State, UCF and Wisconsin.

The last five teams ranked are Arizona State, Oklahoma, Texas, Miami-Florida and Georgia. Oklahoma tumbled 10 spots from 12th after its lopsided loss in Waco, while Miami also dropped 10 spots from 14th with its second straight blowout loss. The Hurricanes followed up their 41-14 setback at Florida State with a 42-24 home loss to Virginia Tech.

Texas and Georgia are this week's newcomers, replacing Notre Dame and Texas Tech.

The Longhorns lead the Big 12 thanks to six straight wins and are back in the poll for the first time since early September when back-to-back losses knocked them out. The Bulldogs are also back in the rankings after a three-week absence.

Notre Dame was 24th last week before a 28-21 loss at Pittsburgh on Saturday, while Texas Tech was 25th last week and suffered its third straight loss after a 7-0 start with a 49-26 drubbing at the hands of Kansas State.

Next week's schedule features just a pair of ranked matchups, as Georgia visits Auburn and Texas hosts Oklahoma State.

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