South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore, center, celebrated with fans and teammates Saturday night after a 35-7 home victory over SEC rival Georgia. The next morning, the Gamecocks cracked the top five in the national rankings. Next up is No. 9 Louisiana State.

Gerry Melendez, MCT

South Carolina, Florida, WVU move into top 5 in Associated Press poll

  • Article by: RALPH D. RUSSO
  • Associated Press
  • October 8, 2012 - 7:01 AM

NEW YORK - South Carolina, Florida and West Virginia move into the top five of The Associated Press college football poll after a Saturday during which nine Top 25 teams lost.

No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Oregon hold their spots at the top of the rankings. Alabama is a unanimous No. 1 again. The rest of Top 25 got a makeover.

No. 3 South Carolina, off a 35-7 victory against Georgia, moves up three spots. No. 4 Florida jumps six after beating LSU 14-6. No. 5 West Virginia moves up three with a 48-45 victory at Texas.

No. 6 Kansas State, No. 7 Notre Dame and No. 8 Ohio State also move up. LSU drops to No. 9 and unbeaten Oregon State is No. 10.

The last time nine ranked teams lost in the same week was the weekend of Oct. 18, 2008.

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