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The injury-plagued Gators have dropped two straight by a combined 58 points — you have to go back to 1971 to find an instance of Florida losing consecutive games by a higher point total. Of course, Florida’s losses this year came to the teams currently holding down the top two spots in the poll, although that was of no consolation to Muschamp on Saturday night.

“We are at Florida,” Muschamp said after the loss at LSU. “We expect to be able to win these games.”

Rosetta said he was impressed by what he saw at times from Jacoby Brissett, and that played a role in why he ranked the Gators 20th on his ballot this week. Brissett became the first Florida true freshman quarterback to take his first career snap as a starter, a move made because of injuries to senior John Brantley and freshman Jeff Driskel.

“I still see a talented team there that right now is playing with a lot of walking wounded guys,” Rosetta said of the Gators. “I’d like to see what they could do against Alabama and LSU with a full complement of guys. I hate to punish a team that is playing short-handed. … I think there’s hope for Florida if Brissett were to remain the quarterback for the next several weeks until Brantley is healthy.”

Florida could easily make this a one-week blip for the state. The Gators play Auburn next weekend.

Michigan and Georgia Tech, now both 6-0, moved up one spot each to No. 11 and No. 12, with West Virginia, Nebraska and South Carolina holding down the next three spots.

Illinois, Kansas State, Arizona State, Virginia Tech and Baylor were the next five, followed by Texas A&M, Texas, Michigan State, twice-beaten Auburn and Houston in places 21-25 in the poll. Virginia Tech rallied past the Hurricanes in the final minute on Saturday to win 38-35, a victory that likely kept the Hokies in the AP poll for the 16th straight week.