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South Carolina, Florida, West Virginia move into top 5 of AP poll after Saturday's upsets

By Chip Patterson | Staff Writer
Florida's victory over LSU was just one of three top-5 upsets Saturday; the Gators are now No. 4 in the AP Poll. (US Presswire)

Shakeup was imminent in the AP top 25 with Florida State, LSU, and Georgia all losing on the same day, leaving No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Oregon as the only mainstays in the top 5. South Carolina took an expected move up to No. 3 following its convincing 35-7 victory over the Bulldogs, with the Gators up six spots to No. 4 following a defeat of LSU and West Virginia rounding out the top 5 after beating Texas 48-45 in Austin.

Louisiana Tech made its first appearance in the AP poll since 1999, checking in at No. 23 after improving to 5-0 with a 58-31 beatdown of UNLV at home on Saturday. The Bulldogs have also beaten Houston, Rice, Illinois and Virginia on their undefeated start. Their ranking adds national intrigue to their showdown with Texas A&M, rescheduled to Oct. 13 from the opening weekend.

There was shakeup up and down the poll on a wild Saturday, one that saw nine ranked teams lose. According to the AP's Ralph Russo, the last time nine ranked teams lost in one week was Oct. 18, 2008.

Rounding out the Top 10

1. Alabama (5-0)
2. Oregon (6-0)
3. South Carolina (6-0)
4. Florida (5-0)
5. West Virginia (5-0)
6. Kansas State (5-0)
7. Notre Dame (5-0)
8. Ohio State (6-0)
9. LSU (5-1)
10. Oregon State (4-0)

Biggest AP Poll Jump - Florida, up six spots to No. 4

Biggest AP Poll Fall - Florida State, down nine spots to No. 12

Breaking through from the "Others" side: No. 21 Cincinnati (4-0), No. 22 Texas A&M (4-1), No. 23 Louisiana Tech (5-0), No. 24 Boise State (4-1), No. 25 Michigan (3-2)

Check out the full AP top 25 here

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