Florida Gators inch up one spot to No. 15 in Associated Press rankings

GAINESVILLE — First-year coach Will Muschamp has the Florida Gators back to their highest point in the rankings since last October.

On the strength of its 33-23 win over Tennessee, Florida inched up one spot to No. 15 in the Associated Press poll Sunday. The Gators are four places behind No. 11 Florida State, which sunk six spots after losing 23-13 at home to No. 1 Oklahoma.

The Sooners stayed on top for the fourth straight week and earned nearly two-thirds of the first-place votes. They took 37 of the 60, with No. 2 LSU, No. 3 Alabama and No. 4 Boise State sharing the others.

South Florida moved up two places to No. 18 after routing Florida A&M 70-17.

Miami's 24-6 victory over Ohio State dropped the Buckeyes out of the rankings and nearly propelled the Hurricanes into them. Miami received votes, but did not crack the top 25.

Ohio State, which was No. 17 last week, is unranked for the first time since 2004.

The SEC and Big 12 lead the country with five ranked teams. The Big 12, which appears to be on the brink of dissolution, has three of the top eight teams.

Florida visits Kentucky this Saturday at 7 p.m. (ESPN). Later this season the Gators will face three of the other four ranked SEC teams, starting Oct. 1 with a home game against Alabama. The Gators travel to play LSU the following week, and visit No. 12 South Carolina on Nov. 12.

The ACC has four ranked teams now that Clemson is 21st. The Tigers bounced Auburn from the rankings and get a shot at Florida State on Saturday.