Alabama jumped Flordia for the top spot in today's Associated Press poll, picking up 29 more first-place votes that it had a week ago in the wake of the Crimson Tide's 20-6 victory over South Carolina.
The Crimson Tide (7-0) finished with 39 of 59 first-place votes that were cast, with Florida (6-0) getting the remaining 20. The Gators slipped because of Saturday's 23-20 escape from unranked Arkansas in a game played in Gainesville, Fla.
Texas (6-0) remained a distant third in the AP poll, with TCU (6-0) climbing back into the Top 10 on the strength of Saturday's 44-6 rout of Colorado State. The Horned Frogs fell from No. 10 to No. 12 in last week's AP poll despite a 20-17 win at Air Force while playing on the road in a sleet storm.
In terms of the BCS standings, which will be released later today, the poll that is figured into those calculations proved kinder to the Frogs as well as the Gators.
TCU was No. 7 in this week's coaches poll. Florida also held on to its top spot in the coaches poll, capturing 49 of the 59 available first-place votes. That bodes well for the Gators in grabbing the top spot in today's initial BCS standings.
Alabama moved to No. 2 in the coaches poll, sliding past Texas. That probably means the Crimson Tide also will be No. 2 in today's initial BCS standings.
The Longhorns, coming off a 16-13 victory over Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry, received one first-place ballot from the coaches and slipped a spot behind Alabama for the first week this season in the coaches poll. Texas is projected to start at No. 3 in today's initial BCS standings, which will be released later this afternoon.
_ Jimmy Burch