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November 10, 2013

Florida State riding Crimson Tide’s tail

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NORMAN —

Idaho and Florida, with an ACC title game matchup against Virginia Tech, Miami, Georgia Tech or Duke.

Of course even the people who do computer rankings will tell you that no number is perfect. Southern California, with three losses, was No. 8 in last week’s F/+ rankings. But computers don’t watch ESPN, and they’re not influenced by narrative. And right now, they take Florida State over Ohio State.

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IN AND OUT

Texas Tech’s terrific debut season for coach Kliff Kingsbury is coming undone quickly. The Red Raiders were 7-0 and ranked No. 10 a few weeks back. After three straight losses, including a 49-26 loss at home to Kansas State on Saturday, the Red Raiders are now unranked.

Notre Dame also fell out of the rankings again after losing at Pittsburgh.

Moving in was No. 23 Texas, which has won six straight, and No. 25 Georgia, which plays No. 7 Auburn on Saturday.

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MOVING DOWN

Oregon’s 26-20 loss to Stanford on Thursday night dropped the Ducks four spots to No. 6, one behind No. 5 Stanford.

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MOVING UP

It was a productive open week for Michigan State. The Spartans took advantage of losses by LSU, Oklahoma and Miami to move up four spots to No. 14.

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FROM THE ARCHIVES

LSU dropped eight spots to No. 18 after losing 38-17 at Alabama, the Tigers’ worst ranking since the first regular-season poll of 2010 when they were 19th.

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