Florida's Poll Position: Gators at No. 22 in Week 8 USA TODAY Poll, AP Top 25

Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

A loss to LSU wasn't enough to knock Florida entirely out of the top 25 of the college football rankings.

The Florida Gators slid five spots in both major college football polls after a loss to LSU, dropping from No. 17 to No. 22 in both the USA TODAY coaches poll and the AP Top 25 for Week 8.

While Florida's loss was its second of the season, the Gators likely got the benefit of the doubt based on their strength of schedule: Both of those losses come to teams ranked in the top 11 of both polls, and on the road. LSU is No. 6 in the AP Poll, and No. 8 in the coaches poll; Miami is ranked No. 10 by the AP voters, and No. 11 by the SIDs who are filling out coaches poll ballots for their bosses.

But Florida's coming schedule may not be enough to save the Gators, even though it gets more daunting on a week-by-week basis. A week after four of Florida's seven remaining opponents were ranked in the top 12 of the coaches poll, and five future Gators foes were ranked in the AP Top 25, four of Florida's six remaining opponents are in the top 16 of the AP Poll, and those same four teams (Florida State, South Carolina, Missouri, and Georgia) are in the top 15 of the coaches poll.

Oh, and the only one of those teams Florida will play in Gainesville is Florida State.

The full polls are both below. We'll have a non-awful version of the coaches poll when it's not solely posted on Facebook due to technical difficulties. Update: And now we have that sortable table version of the coaches poll.

USA TODAY Coaches Poll for Week 8 of 2013

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS RANK
1 Alabama (58) 6-0 1545 1
2 Oregon (3) 6-0 1485 2
3 Ohio St. 6-0 1406 3
4 Clemson (1) 6-0 1365 4
5 Florida St. 5-0 1293 6
6 Louisville 6-0 1166 8
7 Texas A&M 5-1 1156 9
8 LSU 6-1 1098 11
9 South Carolina 5-1 1024 12
10 UCLA 5-0 999 13
11 Miami 5-0 905 14
12 Baylor 5-0 890 15
13 Stanford 5-1 857 5
14 Missouri 6-0 617 NR
15 Texas Tech 6-0 587 21
16 Georgia 4-2 546 7
17 Oklahoma St. 4-1 493 20
18 Oklahoma 5-1 482 10
19 Fresno St. 5-0 419 22
20 Virginia Tech 6-1 297 25
21 Nebraska 5-1 278 24
22 Florida 4-2 240 17
23 Northern Illinois 6-0 224 23
24 Michigan 5-1 178 16
25 Washington 4-2 137 19
Schools Dropped Out
No. 18 Northwestern.
Others Receiving Votes
Wisconsin 124; Michigan State 83; Auburn 67; Notre Dame 60; Oregon State 23; Texas 23; Central Florida 22; Northwestern 19; Utah 18; Arizona State 13; Houston 6; Boise State 3; Mississippi 2.

AP Top 25 for Week 8 of 2013

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Alabama (55) 6-0 1,495 1
2 Oregon (5) 6-0 1,438 2
3 Clemson 6-0 1,352 3
4 Ohio State 6-0 1,330 4
5 Florida State 5-0 1,242 6
6 LSU 6-1 1,137 10
7 Texas A&M 5-1 1,105 9
8 Louisville 6-0 1,077 8
9 UCLA 5-0 1,017 11
10 Miami (FL) 5-0 912 13
11 South Carolina 5-1 896 14
12 Baylor 5-0 849 15
13 Stanford 5-1 824 5
14 Missouri 6-0 749 25
15 Georgia 4-2 615 7
16 Texas Tech 6-0 590 20
17 Fresno State 5-0 383 21
18 Oklahoma 5-1 380 12
19 Virginia Tech 6-1 352 24
20 Washington 4-2 309 16
21 Oklahoma State 4-1 264 22
22 Florida 4-2 249 17
23 Northern Illinois 6-0 185 23
24 Auburn 5-1 156 NR
25 Wisconsin 4-2 153 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Michigan 118, Nebraska 94, Michigan State 69, Utah 47, Notre Dame 39, Oregon State 21, UCF 19, Texas 16, Northwestern 7, Arizona State 7, Houston 3, Rutgers 1

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Andy Hutchins is Alligator Army's managing editor. Follow Alligator Army on Twitter and Facebook.

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