FSU, Mizzou, Baylor make big moves

Updated: October 20, 2013, 7:18 PM ET
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Florida State, Missouri and Baylor took big steps forward as The Associated Press college football poll got extensive makeover following losses by five top-10 teams.

Alabama is still No. 1, Oregon still two and Ohio State fourth, but otherwise there was much movement.

Florida State moved up two spots to No. 3 after its 51-14 win at Clemson.

The Crimson Tide received 55 first-place votes from the media panel. Oregon got three first-place votes and Florida State received two. The Seminoles received first-place votes for the first time since Sept. 2, 2002.

Alabama is No. 1 for the 66th time, two shy of matching Miami for sixth-most ever. Since the start of the 2011 season, Alabama has more No. 1 rankings (21) than every other team combined (20).

Florida State is 6-0 for the first time since 1999, its last national championship season.

The BCS standings come out Sunday night (8:30 p.m ET, ESPN) and Florida State will be in the mix with Alabama and Oregon for those top two spots.

The AP poll is not used in calculating the BCS standings, but the USA Today and Harris polls, which each make up one-third of the calculations, have the same top four teams as the AP poll.

The Seminoles passed their big test, but it has been the little ones that have tripped up FSU in recent years. Last season it was a loss at North Carolina State. The year before a loss at Wake Forest. In 2010, a loss at NC State.

The Wolf Pack are next up for the Seminoles back at Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday, before what could be another top-10 matchup against rival Miami on Nov. 2 in Tallahassee.

Missouri went from 14 to fifth, its best ranking since 2008. The Tigers rise has been startling. The Tigers went 5-7 in an inauspicious and injury plagued SEC debut last year, but Missouri improved to 7-0 on Saturday by beating Florida, a week after beating Georgia, and took firm control of the SEC East.

With redshirt freshman quarterback Maty Mauk starting for the injured James Franklin, Missouri still gained 500 yards against a banged-up, but still talented Gators defense.

An upset-filled weekend in the SEC provided more good news for the Tigers. Georgia blew a big lead and lost at Vanderbilt, while South Carolina lost on a last-second field goal to Tennessee.

The 20th-ranked Gamecocks go to Columbia, Mo., on Saturday in a game that should pretty much settle the SEC East. If Missouri completes the sweep of Georgia, South Carolina and Florida, only an all-time collapse would keep the Tigers out of Atlanta for the SEC Championship.

No. 6 Baylor jumped to its highest ranking since 1980. Baylor is fifth in both polls used by the BCS standings.

Miami is No. 7, followed by Stanford, Clemson and Texas Tech at No. 10.

No. 21 UCF is ranked for the first time since the final 2010 poll after handing Louisville its first loss of the season.

Louisville, one of those five top-10 teams to lose, along with Clemson, UCLA, LSU and Texas A&M, slipped to 10 spots to No. 18.

The Knights are one of the newcomers to the American Athletic Conference, what used to be the Big East. Louisville is on its way out of the league, heading to the ACC next season.

As much as AAC officials have been happy to have Louisville and Teddy Bridgewater getting national attention, there's little doubt it would be better for the league if its final BCS automatic bid goes to a team that's part of its future.

Sensational running back Storm Johnson and the Knights are now in position to do that. And even though it didn't break that way when the ballots were counted, UCF can make a great case for being ranked ahead of Louisville. The Knights have a road win against Penn State and a close loss to South Carolina. Louisville's best win came at home against Rutgers.

A week after the SEC set a record with eight ranked teams, five ranked SEC teams lost, knocking two out of the rankings. Florida and Georgia dropped out for the first time this season after each lost for the third time.

Auburn made the biggest move up this week, jumping 13 spots from No. 24 after beating Texas A&M 45-41 at College Station, Texas. The Tigers have their best ranking since winning the 2010 national title.

While many were counting down to LSU at Alabama on Nov. 9, the Iron Bowl on Nov. 30 at Auburn might be the Tide's tough test left. 

No. 24 Michigan and No. 25 Nebraska moved back into the rankings this week.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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