Florida is out of The Associated Press Top 25 poll.
Not just the Gators -- the entire state.
For the first time since Dec. 6, 1982, no Sunshine State team was among the AP rankings on Sunday, marking the end of 472 straight polls where either Florida, Florida State or Miami -- and usually all three -- were on the list. Florida and Florida State both lost Saturday, the Gators losing at No. 1 LSU 41-11 and the Seminoles continuing their free fall with a 35-30 setback at Wake Forest.
The top 10 teams in the poll were unchanged. LSU, No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Oklahoma, No. 5 Boise State, No. 6 Oklahoma State, No. 7 Stanford, No. 8 Clemson, No. 9 Oregon and No. 10 Arkansas all won by an average of 34.4 points. No. 4 Wisconsin was idle.
Most notable this week wasn't who's in the poll, but who's out.
"That shocks me that it's been that long," said AP poll voter Randy Rosetta of TigerSportsDigest.com, a Fox Sports site covering LSU, after learning the nearly 29-year streak of a Florida team appearing is over. "It doesn't shock me that it's happened now because you've got three programs that are in flux, all in the first or second year of new coaches after two highly successful guys left Florida and Florida State."
Jimbo Fisher is in his second year coaching the Seminoles after replacing Bobby Bowden, and Will Muschamp is in his first season taking over for Urban Meyer with the Gators.
Al Golden is in his first season at Miami -- and clearly, there's some growing pains happening all over the place.
Adding to the ignominy of the weekend is this stat: Saturday was just the second instance since Oct. 14, 1978, that Florida, Florida State and Miami lost on the same day. It also happened Oct. 30, 2004.
Big 12: Ousted Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe says he touted equal revenue sharing and members handing their television rights to the conference years ago, but the schools -- and not just Texas -- liked the idea of being able to start their own networks. Beebe said in a phone interview with The Associated Press on Sunday that Oklahoma, Nebraska and even Texas A&M were interested in "developing their own distribution systems" for their sports programs. The Big 12 recently agreed to switch to equal revenue sharing after years in which the schools that made the most television appearances received the most money.
Tennessee: Quarterback Tyler Bray could miss about six weeks after breaking his right thumb against Georgia. Bray injured the thumb on his throwing hand with under six minutes to go in the 20-12 loss to the Bulldogs on Saturday when it hit the helmet of a defender mid-throw. X-rays performed Sunday confirmed the fracture. His absence means the Volunteers, who three weeks ago lost top wide receiver Justin Hunter to a torn ACL, will start Matt Simms at quarterback. The senior entered the game after Bray's injury and threw two passes of more than 10 yards to set up the Vols' lone touchdown of the game, a 1-yard quarterback sneak.
Clemson: Quarterback Tajh Boyd has a slight hip strain that won't keep him out of the eighth-ranked Tigers' game at Maryland next week. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said Boyd was sore but moving well and should be full go for practice this week. Swinney said he'd likely give Boyd Monday off before returning to work on Tuesday.
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