Florida State traveled to, and defeated the Syracuse Orange on Saturday for its final ACC game of the season. With the win, and some misfortune for other teams, the ‘Noles rose in both the AP and USA Today Coaches polls.
In the AP poll, Florida State entered the week at No. 17. Ahead of the Seminoles, No. 3 Louisville, No. 11 Utah and No. 16 LSU were defeated. FSU jumped both the Utes and Tigers. Behind, next week’s opponent Florida was No. 21 before its victory at No. 16 LSU. The 'Noles wound up moving to No. 15, with UF noving up to No. 13 before the rivalry game.
In the USA Today Coaches poll, the ‘Noles entered the week at No. 15. No. 3 Louisville, No. 11 Utah and No. 14 LSU were all defeated. The 'Noles moved up one spot to No. 14 with UF right in front at No. 13.