The Gators have entered the chat room. After knocking off No. 12 Texas A&M last week, Florida went from being unranked to No. 19 in the nation. The Gators also sit atop the SEC, undefeated and tied with national contenders and No. 7 South Carolina.
Although UF only had one match last week, they have been surging as of late. The Gators started the season off pretty slow, dropping four out of their first six matches to Southern California, UCLA, Florida State and Central Florida, but have bounced back recently. The orange and blue are currently riding a six-game winning streak, putting them as potential favorites to take home the regular-season SEC crown.
Keep an eye on Oct. 27 when the Gamecocks come to Gainesville. South Carolina is the other team undefeated in SEC play and has been ranked in the top-10 every week since the United Soccer Coaches preseason poll.
Elsewhere in this week's poll was the consistent dominance of the nation's top three teams being recognized. No. 1 Virginia, No. 2 Stanford and No. 3 North Carolina have solidified themselves as the top tier of women's soccer, as they are the top 3 for the second consecutive week. Well into conference play, the Cavaliers, Cardinal and Tar Heels sit at 10-0-2, 10-1-0 and 11-1-0, respectively.
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Texas A&M also fell. The Aggies dropped five spots from No. 12 to No. 17 after dropping a crucial SEC match against Florida.
Colorado (No. 17), Cal (No. 20), Kansas (No. 21), SMU (No. 22), Virginia Tech (No. 23) and Michigan (No. 24) have all dropped out of the rankings this week.
This week is the week for the ACC to determine who can and who cannot compete for the conference crown. It'll be a round-robin of matches featuring ranked teams as Virginia Tech hosts No. 5 Florida State, No. 15 Louisville takes on No. 9 Clemson and No. 11 Duke ignites the tobacco road rivalry against No. 2 North Carolina for the second time this season. And that's just on Thursday. Sunday offers a pair of important matches with Duke hosting Clemson and the headliner for the weekend, Florida State vs. No. 1 Virginia.
The Big Ten will feature a notable match against two surging teams, Iowa and No. 21 Rutgers. The Hawkeyes will host the Scarlet Knights on Oct. 11. Although Iowa isn't ranked, they are coming off of a pair of victories versus Nebraska and Michigan State. Rutgers, who has been in and out of the top 25 all season, is riding a winning-streak of its own after knocking off Penn State and Northwestern last week.
Both Texas and No. 14 Texas Tech are in action in the Big 12 this week. The Longhorns will host No. 18 Oklahoma State on Oct. 11, as the Red Raiders face Kansas on the 13th. Texas was riding a four-game winning streak before losing in double-overtime against West Virginia Oct. 6. They'll look to bounce back against the Cowgirls.
Texas Tech, on the other hand, hasn't been beaten since Aug. 25, when they lost to New Mexico. Last week they beat Iowa State. The Red Raiders currently sit at 10-1-1 overall.
Colorado, who fell from the rankings, has multiple opportunities this week to try and claw back in. They will face some southern California competition this week, as the Buffaloes take on No. 22 UCLA and No. 4 USC in the same weekend. This will be a great chance for Colorado to break into the upper-echelon of the Pac-12, as they hope to bounce back after losing and tying conference games last weekend. They face the Bruins on Oct. 10 and the Trojans on the 13th.
The surging Florida Gators will be back in action this weekend when they face Ole Miss and Kentucky. The orange and blue are fresh off of their SEC upset when they knocked off Texas A&M, 3-1, to hand the Aggies their first SEC loss on Oct. 6. They'll hope to continue the perfect streak in the SEC alive this weekend.
Elsewhere in the NCAA, No. 6 BYU, No. 10 Georgetown and No. 8 Memphis are in action this weekend. BYU will try to remain unbeaten against Pepperdine on Oct. 9 and Pacific on the 12th. Memphis will travel to Cincinnati to face the Bearcats on Oct. 10 and Georgetown will host Creighton to round out the weekend on the 13th.