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Going Polling: Florida State Surges to Third in Both Polls


Let the debates begin. 

One day after knocking off Clemson 51-14, the Florida State Seminoles have jumped from fifth to third in both the Associated Press and Coaches Polls. Now the discussion about whether Florida State deserves to be ranked higher will begin.

Last night -- in what was billed as the biggest game in ACC history -- Florida State notched arguably the most impressive win of the college football season so far. But both Alabama and Oregon started the season ranked higher than FSU and the odds of the Seminoles unseating one of the two schools if all three finish the season unbeaten are hardly promising.

Part of the problem is that -- on some level -- jumping the Seminoles over the Ducks and Tide would be an admission on behalf of the AP and Coaches poll voters that they got it wrong. As it stands now FSU got three first place votes between the two polls -- two in the AP and one in the coaches.

That number is likely to jump if the Seminoles can handle Miami in two weeks, but unless Alabama or Oregon drop a game -- FSU is likely to be on the outside looking in some BCS selection time.

Looking at both polls, Clemson drops to ninth in the AP poll and 10th in the coaches. Meanwhile the Hurricanes move up to 7th in the AP poll and 6th in the coaches. Virginia Tech is 16/19 (AP/Coaches) and the University of Florida was dropped from both polls after an embarrassing loss to Mizzou that saw their offense sputter to a total of just 151 total yards.

Next up for FSU is North Carolina State.


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