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USC up to No. 21; Florida No. 1 again

South Carolina sophomore quarterback No. 5 Stephen Garcia eludes the grasp of Vanderbilt linebacker Patrick Benoist in the fourth quarter during the Gamecocks game against the Commodores at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, SC, Saturday, October 24, 2009.
South Carolina sophomore quarterback No. 5 Stephen Garcia eludes the grasp of Vanderbilt linebacker Patrick Benoist in the fourth quarter during the Gamecocks game against the Commodores at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, SC, Saturday, October 24, 2009. The State Media Company

NEW YORK | Flip-flop.

Florida regained the top spot Sunday in The Associated Press poll from Alabama, which was ranked No. 1 for a week ahead of the Gators.

South Carolina moved up two spots to No. 21 after defeating Vanderbilt 14-10. The Gamecocks are also 21st in the USA Today/Coaches Poll.

The Crimson Tide needed a blocked field goal on the last play to beat Tennessee 12-10 on Saturday, while Florida pulled away from Mississippi State in the fourth quarter for a 29-19 victory. The Gators received 30 first-place votes to Alabama's 23.

No. 3 Texas got seven first-place votes.

The last time two teams flip-flopped in the top two spots of the AP Top 25 from one week to the next was 1992, when Miami and Washington did it.

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The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Oct. 24, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:

Record Pts Pvs

1. Florida (30) 7-0 1,463 2

2. Alabama (23) 8-0 1,448 1

3. Texas (7) 7-0 1,407 3

4. Southern Cal 6-1 1,217 4

5. Cincinnati 7-0 1,211 5

6. Boise St. 7-0 1,177 6

7. Iowa 8-0 1,148 7

8. TCU 7-0 1,132 10

9. LSU 6-1 1,040 9

10. Oregon 6-1 933 12

11. Georgia Tech 7-1 923 11

12. Penn St. 7-1 843 13

13. Oklahoma St. 6-1 768 14

14. Virginia Tech 5-2 734 15

15. Houston 6-1 601 17

16. Pittsburgh 7-1 551 20

17. Ohio St. 6-2 508 18

18. Miami 5-2 501 8

19. Utah 6-1 400 19

20. West Virginia 6-1 323 22

21. South Carolina 6-2 270 23

22. Oklahoma 4-3 210 25

23. Arizona 5-2 164 —

24. Mississippi 5-2 142 —

25. Notre Dame 5-2 135 —

Others receiving votes: BYU 80, Cent. Michigan 76, California 24, Texas Tech 18, Wisconsin 16, Navy 13, Kansas 12, Clemson 11, Rutgers 1.

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