Unranked two weeks ago, South Carolina now sits at No. 14 after defeating then-No. 6 Georgia on Saturday.
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By Zac Ellis
September 14, 2014

After Week 3, Florida State remained atop the latest Associated Press college football poll, which was unveiled on Sunday. The poll is as follows (first-place votes in parentheses)

1. Florida State (37)

2. Oregon (17)

3. Alabama (1)

4. Oklahoma (2)

5. Auburn

6. Texas A&M (3)

7. Baylor

8. LSU

9. Notre Dame

10. Ole Miss

11. Michigan State

12. UCLA

13. Georgia

14. South Carolina

15. Arizona State

16. Stanford

17. USC

18. Missouri

19. Wisconsin

20. Kansas State

21. BYU

22. Clemson

23. Ohio State

24. Nebraska

25. Oklahoma State

• It's no surprise that Georgia dropped from No. 6 to No. 13 after its road loss to South Carolina. What might surprise some people, however, is that the Gamecocks remain behind the Bulldogs at No. 14. Still, South Carolina jumped a whopping 10 spots with Saturday's win, and the program's position at No. 14 means the SEC holds seven of the top 14 spots in the poll.

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• With No. 1 Florida State enjoying a bye week on Saturday, No. 2 Oregon smacked Wyoming and maintained its spot just behind the Seminoles. The Ducks did manage to steal one more first-place vote (17 total) from Florida State after earning 16 first-place nods last week. This week the 'Noles will have another change to assert their dominance with a home date against ACC-rival Clemson.

Virginia Tech, which sat at No. 17 last week, dropped outside of the top 25 after its home loss to East Carolina. But the Hokies still earned more poll votes (54) than the Pirates did (44) this week.

• Outside of Notre Dame, which jumped from No. 11 to No. 9 this week, BYU continued its climb as the only other program from outside the Power Five conferences to crack the top 25. The Cougars moved from No. 25 to No. 21 after a Thursday-night victory over Houston. BYU boasts a favorable schedule, so coach Bronco Mendenhall's program likely hasn't reached its peak.


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