Gators move up after Gamecocks’ loss

South Carolina’s 23-21 loss at LSU has helped Florida in more ways than one.

The Gamecocks were No. 3 in last week’s Associated Press Top 25, so their loss vaults the Florida Gators football team up to No. 3 when the latest poll was released on Sunday.

More importantly, the Gators (6-0 overall) improved to 5-0 in Southeastern Conference play and sit atop the Eastern Division standings.

Alabama tops the AP Top 25 with Oregon at No. 2.

Florida is bowl eligible for the second consecutive season under coach Will Muschamp after a 31-17 win at Vanderbilt on Sunday.

The SEC has seven teams in the AP Top 25. Half of the league’s 14 teams also appear in the latest USA Today Coaches’ Poll, released Sunday.

Florida moved up to No. 4 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. Alabama also tops that poll followed by Oregon and Kansas State. The Gators trail No. 3 Kansas State by just 10 points.

It will be interesting to see where the Gators fit in the first BCS rankings, which will be out at 8:30 p.m. today. Like the AP poll, many projections have unbeaten Florida at No. 3.

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Mike Capshaw brings a wealth of experience to the Gator Country team. He’s been overseeing all editorial aspects of and Gator Country magazine by managing our team of staffers, interns and freelancers. He is now moving into a bigger role as a reporter by covering the football and basketball beats as well as providing coverage of all sports on campus. Mike’s 15 years in the business has included more than six years of covering SEC sports and recruiting at a daily newspaper in Arkansas. He has also helped launch a newspaper, magazines, websites and even a sports talk radio show. Because Mike puts family ahead of his career, he left the place where he was established when his wife received an opportunity to further her career at UF. He took a leap of faith that he could find a job in the Gainesville area and worked for a year at a newspaper group before joining the Gator Country family in November, 2011. Mike has won Florida Press Association awards for Best Sports Game Story and Best Sports Feature Story in the past two years as well as a company-wide award at his former newspaper group that includes some 60 publications, for Excellence in Sports Reporting. You can follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeCapshawGC.