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FSU at No. 4, its best in 7 years

Florida State heads into perhaps its biggest regular-season game of the year with its best ranking since Oct. 9, 2005.

The Seminoles, who moved up a spot to No. 4 in the Associated Press and USA Today coaches polls Sunday, host No. 10 Clemson on Saturday, a key game in determining the ACC Atlantic Division champ. FSU expects a sellout that could rival the record 84,392 at last year's Oklahoma game. Limited single-game tickets were available Sunday.

Virginia Tech, seen as an ACC Championship Game contender, is unranked for the first time since October 2010, snapping a string of 29 polls after a loss to Pittsburgh.

The Seminoles (3-0, 1-0) earned 1,275 points in the AP poll after a 52-0 home rout of Wake Forest. Since being ranked seventh in the AP preseason top 25, FSU has moved up each week. In 2005, FSU was No. 4 going into Week 5.

In the coaches' poll, FSU went from No. 6 to No. 4, earning 1,240 points.

Florida's 37-20 win at Tennessee helped the Gators (3-0, 2-0 SEC) move from No. 18 to No. 14 in the AP poll.

Last season, Florida was as high as 12th in the AP poll before losing four straight and dropping out of the polls.

In the coaches' poll, the Gators went from No. 17 to No. 14, earning 689 points.

On Saturday, the Gators host Kentucky (1-2, 0-0).

Alabama remained No. 1, earning 58 of 60 first-place votes in the AP poll and 54 of 59 first-place votes in the coaches' poll. LSU moved to second, replacing USC after the Trojans lost at Stanford on Saturday.

FSU at No. 4, its best in 7 years 09/17/12 [Last modified: Monday, September 17, 2012 10:16am]
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