AP Top 25, Coaches Poll — Week 8: Gators keep rising

By Adam Silverstein
October 16, 2016
AP Top 25, Coaches Poll — Week 8: Gators keep rising
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Alabama remains the unanimous No. 1 in the AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll released on Sunday following Week 5 action, receiving 60-of-61 first-place votes in the former and 61-of-64 first-place votes in the latter.

The Florida Gators, which entered the season ranked for the first time since 2013 at No. 25 in both polls but fell out of the AP Top 25 a month ago, ascended in both polls.

The Gators checked in at No. 15 in the AP Top 25 (up three spots) and No. 12 in the Coaches Poll (up two spots) with 626 points (up 143) in the former and 830 points (up 169) in the latter.

AP Top 25, Week 8

1. Alabama (60)
2. Ohio State
3. Michigan (1)
4. Clemson
5. Washington
6. Texas A&M
7. Louisville
8. Nebraska
9. Baylor
10. Wisconsin
11. Houston
12. West Virginia
13. Florida State
14. Boise State
15. Florida
16. Oklahoma
17. Arkansas
18. Tennessee
19. Utah
20. Western Michigan
21. Auburn
22. North Carolina
23. Ole Miss
24. Navy
25. LSU


Coaches Poll, Week 8

1. Alabama (61)
2. Ohio State (2)
3. Clemson (1)
4. Michigan
5. Washington
6. Texas A&M
7. Louisville
8. Baylor
9. Nebraska
10. Wisconsin
11. Houston
12. Florida
13. West Virginia
14. Boise State
15. Florida State
16. Oklahoma
17. Arkansas
18. Utah
19. Tennessee
20. Western Michigan
21. North Carolina
22. Ole Miss
23. LSU
24. Auburn
25. Navy

Seven SEC coaches are voting in the Coaches Poll this season: Bret Bielema (Arkansas), Gus Malzahn (Auburn), Derek Mason (Vanderbilt), Dan Mullen (Mississippi State), Nick Saban (Alabama), Kirby Smart (Georgia) and Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M). Malzahn, Saban and Sumlin all voted in 2015. Saban has been a voter since 2013, while Sumlin began in 2014.

For the second straight year, UF will see coaches from five of its 12 opponents voting in the poll: Bielema, Mason, Smart, Jimbo Fisher (Florida State) and Seth Littrell (North Texas). Urban Meyer (Ohio State) is also a voter.

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