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Florida Gators move up in rankings

Despite an ugly win, the Gators continued to climb the rankings.

Florida moved to No. 10 in the Coaches Poll and the Associated Press Poll that were released on Sunday afternoon.

The only team in the rankings that remains on Florida’s regular season schedule is No. 18 Florida State. Other Southeastern Conference teams that were in the rankings are No. 4 Alabama, No. 9 LSU and No. 20 Mississippi State. Ole Miss and Texas A&M both felt out of the rankings after suffering home losses to Arkansas and Auburn, respectively.

Florida snuck out a 9-7 homecoming win over Vanderbilt on Saturday. The Gators got on the scoreboard early with a three-yard run by Kelvin Taylor but missed the extra point. Gainesville native Ralph Webb had a 74-yard touchdown run less than a minute before halftime to give the Commodores a 7-6 lead at halftime.

The Gators struggled to get points in the second half, but kicker Austin Hardin hit a 43-yard field goal with 2:22 left in the game to push Florida to the 9-7 lead they would hold onto when the clock ran out.

The Gators play their final SEC game on Saturday at South Carolina at 12 p.m. (TV: ESPN).

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