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SEC lands record 8 teams in Top 25

October 13th, 2013 12:35 pm by RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer

SEC lands record 8 teams in Top 25

The Southeastern Conference set a record for most schools in The Associated Press college football poll Sunday.

The SEC placed eight teams among the Top 25, which was shaken after seven ranked teams lost — including five to teams that were unranked or lower ranked. Stanford dropped eight spots and Michigan fell out of the poll.

The top four was unchanged, with No. 1 Alabama receiving 55 of 60 first-place votes. No. 2 was Oregon, followed by Clemson and Ohio State. Florida State moved up to No. 5 to set up a top-five matchup at Clemson next week.

Stanford lost 27-20 at Utah and dropped to No. 13, becoming the first top-10 team this season to lose to an unranked team. Michigan dropped out after falling 43-40 in four overtimes at Penn State.

No. 24 Auburn moved into the rankings for the first time this season to join No. 6 LSU, No. 7 Texas A&M, No. 11 South Carolina, No. 14 Missouri, No. 15 Georgia and No. 22 Florida. Missouri jumped 11 spots after a 41-26 victory at Georgia (4-2).

The record for most teams from one conference in a regular-season poll had been seven, done many times, including this season by the SEC. The Atlantic Coast Conference and Big Ten have also reached seven ranked teams in a season.

The SEC also had eight teams ranked in the 2011 preseason poll.

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