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FSU tumbles to No. 17 in AP poll after upset loss

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Losses by Florida State and Utah led to a shakeup in the Associated Press' Top 25 college football poll.

The Seminoles didn't last long in the top 10, falling eight spots to No. 17 in Sunday's balloting. They were on the short end of the season's second bizarre special teams ending, losing to Georgia Tech 22-16 on Saturday after Lance Austin scooped up a blocked field goal and returned it 78 yards for a touchdown on the game's final play.

Considered a contender for the College Football Playoff, Utah was no match for unranked Southern California, losing 42-24 as Cameron Smith returned one of his three interceptions 54 yards for a touchdown.

The loss dropped the Utes 10 spots to No. 13 and made them a long shot for a CFB spot.

Florida rose two spots to No. 11. No. 24 UCLA and No. 25 Mississippi State returned to the poll, and Texas A&M and Cal fell out.

Ohio State strengthened its season-long hold on the top spot, adding 11 first-place votes. Baylor remained at No. 2 but lost five first-place votes and now totals seven. Clemson climbed three spots to No. 3 and has six first-place votes.

SETBACK FOR BEARS: No. 2 Baylor is facing a potentially huge loss, with quarterback Seth Russell set to see a specialist for a fractured bone in his neck.

The extent of the injury won't be known until after that visit this week, but the Bears will almost certainly be without the top-rated Division I-A passer for some time.

"Always concerned, 100 percent. First and foremost, about his health and then football," coach Art Briles said after Russell got hurt Saturday. He later told ESPN that Russell "would probably be out a while."

Baylor officials said again Sunday that the timetable for Russell's return was still unknown until after he saw the specialist.

ARKANSAS: Running back Rawleigh Williams had successful neck surgery after Saturday's win, coach Bret Bielema said. Williams was injured during a run in the third quarter and was taken from the field on a stretcher. There is no timetable for his return.

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