New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Alabama and Oregon remained the top two
teams in the latest Associated Press college football poll as the top four
teams cruised to easy wins on Saturday.
Virginia Tech, however, tumbled all the way out from 16th after a stunning
13-10 home loss to Duke. Nebraska also dropped out from 25th following a loss
The Crimson Tide kept rolling along Saturday with a 42-10 rout of Tennessee
and again received 55 first-place votes as well as 1,495 points from a
nationwide media panel for the fifth straight week.
Oregon again nabbed three No. 1 votes and totaled 1,432 points to keep the
second spot in the aftermath of a 42-14 thumping of then-No. 12 UCLA, while
Florida State and Ohio State held firm at three and four, respectively.
Florida State, following a 49-17 demolition of North Carolina State, again
garnered two first-place votes. Ohio State, meanwhile, ran its unbeaten streak
to 20 straight games under Urban Meyer with a 63-14 mauling of Penn State.
Baylor moved up one spot to five and is followed by Stanford, Miami-Florida,
Auburn, Clemson and Missouri. Stanford moved up two spots, while Auburn
climbed three places from 11th, as Missouri tumbled five spots from fifth
after a 27-24 double-overtime loss to South Carolina.
The second 10 consists of LSU, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas
Tech, Fresno State, UCLA, Oklahoma State, UCF and Louisville. Oklahoma moved
up four spots from 17th after a 38-30 win over previously unbeaten Texas Tech,
which dipped five places after its first setback. UCLA also dropped five
places from 12th after the loss in Eugene.
Northern Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan are joined by newcomers Michigan
State and Arizona State in the final five. Michigan State is ranked for the
first time this season thanks to four straight wins following its lone loss, a
17-13 setback at Notre Dame in September, while Arizona State was ranked for
two separate weeks in September. The Sun Devils lost each time when ranked,
falling to Stanford and Notre Dame.
The Fighting Irish came up one point shy of Arizona State in this week's
Just three ranked matchups are on next Saturday's schedule, highlighted by the
prime-time battle of unbeatens Miami-Florida and Florida State in Tallahassee.
Also, Michigan State's first game as a ranked team comes at home against arch-
rival Michigan, while Texas Tech will try to bounce back from its first loss
against visiting Oklahoma State.
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