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AP poll: State showdown of ranked teams will be in Orlando

USF and UCF will be ranked -- and Florida and FSU won't -- when their respective showdowns take place this weekend.
USF receiver Tyre McCants (8) celebrates his first-quarter touchdown with Cameron Ruff (74) during the Bulls' 27-20 win Thursday night against Tulsa at Raymond James Stadium. (OCTAVIO JONES | Times)
USF receiver Tyre McCants (8) celebrates his first-quarter touchdown with Cameron Ruff (74) during the Bulls' 27-20 win Thursday night against Tulsa at Raymond James Stadium. (OCTAVIO JONES | Times)
Published Nov. 19, 2017

Inadvertently, the newest Associated Press football poll produced some Florida history Sunday.

For the first time ever, UCF and USF both will be ranked — and the 'Noles and Gators both will be unranked — entering their respective season-ending grudge matches this weekend.

The Bulls (9-1) and Knights (10-0), who play for the American Athletic Conference's East Division title Friday in Orlando, both moved up one spot. The Bulls are at No. 22 in the wake of their 27-20 victory Thursday against Tulsa, while the Knights nudged up to No. 13 after a 45-19 win Saturday at Temple.

Meantime, the Gators-'Noles noon showdown Saturday in Gainesville will mark the first time since 2011 that neither team enters the game ranked.

Elsewhere in the poll, Miami (10-0) held at No. 2 after a 44-28 home victory against Virginia. Wisconsin (10-0), the nation's only other unbeaten Power Five team, remained fifth — behind Oklahoma and Clemson, respectively — after a 24-10 victory against Michigan.

Alabama (11-0) remains No. 1 entering its Iron Bowl showdown Saturday against No. 6 Auburn (9-2).