Gators drop in rankings

Florida Gators linebacker Antonio Morrison (3) and Miami Hurricanes offensive lineman Ereck Flowers (74) go head to head during the second half at Sun Life Stadium in Miami on Saturday.

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Published: Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 5:06 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 5:06 p.m.

Florida dropped six spots to No. 18 in The Associated Press college football rankings Sunday following its 21-16 loss Saturday at Miami, which jumped in at No. 15 after its biggest victory in a while.

The Gators (1-1) dropped from No. 9 to No. 20 in the USA Today coaches poll.

“Disappointed with the way we started the game (defensively) from the standpoint you give somebody some belief," UF coach Will Muschamp said Sunday. "We did that early in the game. We just can’t allow that to happen.

“We started slow in the game for whatever reason. We’re researching that as a staff as far as defensively not playing better. We came back and played extremely well as the second half rolled in.

Florida will have a rare bye week two games into the season before hosting Tennessee (2-0) on Sept. 21.

“We’ll start Monday and Tuesday on just Florida," Muschamp said. "We need to go back and work on ourselves and look at the things we need to work on, and believe me, there’s plenty. We’ll start work on Tennessee Wednesday and Thursday. And we’ll have good recruiting days Friday and Saturday.”

Texas and Southern California dropped out of the AP poll after ugly losses. Alabama is still No. 1 after an off week, heading into a much-anticipated rematch with No. 7 Texas A&M on Saturday.

Oregon is No. 2. Clemson moved up a spot to No. 3 and Ohio State slipped one to No. 4. Stanford remains No. 5.

The Longhorns came into the weekend ranked 15th, but a 40-21 loss at BYU in which Texas allowed a school-record 550 yards rushing has Mack Brown's team unranked.

Southern California was No. 25 before a 10-7 loss at home to Washington State.

Miami is ranked for the first time since November 2010.

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