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Antonya English

Florida moves up to No. 1, 2 in AP and coaches polls

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With its 31-20 victory over previously unbeaten Alabama Saturday in the SEC Championship, Florida was the overwhelming No. 1 team in the Associated Press poll released today.

The Gators received 50 first-place votes in the AP poll.  Oklahoma, Florida's anticipated opponent in the BCS national championship game, is No. 2 in the AP poll, followed by Texas, Alabama and USC.

In the USA Today Coaches poll, Florida is No. 2, while Oklahoma is No. 1. The Sooners had 31 first-place votes, while Florida had 26. Texas, Southern California, Alabama, Penn State, Utah, Texas Tech, Boise State and Ohio State round out the Top 10.

The USA Today coaches' poll had its closest regular-season finish since
1991 - Oklahama edged Florida by one point for the No. 1 spot.

Texas, which ended its regular season last week, did not pull the upset as it had expected.  The Longhorns finished 73 points behind Florida.

This is the closest poll, going into the bowl season, since Miami and Washington finished tied in the final 1991 regular-season poll.

This season's poll also is the closest regular-season finish in the BCS era, covering the last 10 years.

The Gators are the sixth team to be ranked No. 1 this season. Georgia opened the season atop the poll, USC took over after the first games were played and held the top spot for four weeks.

After USC lost at Oregon State, Oklahoma rose to No. 1 in the AP poll and stayed there for two weeks. The Sooners lost to Texas 45-35 on Oct. 11. The Longhorns were No. 1 until losing 39-33 on a last-second touchdown at Texas Tech on Oct. 25. That made Alabama No. 1, where the Tide stayed until losing to the Gators and falling to No. 4.

The last season in which there were six No. 1 teams was 1984.

The BCS standings and bowl matchups will be announced live tonight on FOX, at 8 p.m.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:42pm]

    

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