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FSU And PSU Reign The Poll


The top five took on a new look in The Associated Press' Top 25 college football poll, with Virginia Tech moving into the elite group for the first time this season and Florida State and Penn State remaining 1-2.

Virginia Tech (4-0) beat Virginia 31-7 Saturday and moved up three places to No. 5 Sunday, while Florida and Texas A&M fell from the top five after losing for the first time.

Alabama upset Florida 40-39 in overtime, and unranked Texas Tech beat Texas A&M 21-19. The Gators (4-1) fell from No. 3 to No. 8; the Aggies (3-1) from No. 5 to No. 13. The Crimson Tide (4-1) jumped from No. 21 to No. 12.

Florida State (5-0), a 51-23 winner over Duke, collected 64 first-place votes and 1,744 points from the 70 sports writers and broadcasters on the AP panel. Penn State (5-0), idle Saturday, was next with five first-place votes and 1,672 points.

Michigan (5-0), a 38-12 winner over Purdue, moved up a spot to No. 3 with 1,606 points; Nebraska (5-0) improved two spots to No. 4 (1,537 points) after a 38-14 win over Oklahoma State; and the Hokies rounded out the first five, receiving one first-place vote and 1,427 points.

Tennessee (3-1) was No. 6, followed by No. 7 Georgia Tech, No. 8 Florida, No. 9 Kansas State and No. 10 Georgia.

Michigan State (5-0) was No. 11, followed by No. 12 Alabama, No. 13 Texas A&M, No. 14 Mississippi State, No. 15 Marshall, No. 16 East Carolina, No. 17 Purdue, No. 18 Syracuse, No. 19 Miami and No. 20 Wisconsin.

Ohio State fell nine places to No. 21 after a 42-17 loss to Wisconsin, followed by No. 22 Southern California, No. 23 Texas, No. 24 BYU and No. 25 Minnesota, making its first Top 25 appearance since 1985.

In the coaches poll, the top five were Florida State, Penn State, Michigan, Nebraska and Virginia Tech.

Nine of last week's Top 25 teams lost Saturday, leaving 13 teams in Division I-A with perfect records. Twelve are in this week's Top 25 -- Boston College (4-0) didn't make it.

Kansas State (4-0) moved up four spots after a 35-17 win over Texas, while the Longhorns tumbled eight places.

Michigan State (5-0) moved up three spots to No. 11, and entertains Michigan Saturday in a battle of Big Ten unbeatens.

Purdue fell six places after losing at Michigan, while Wisconsin returned to the rankings after a week's absence with its win over Ohio State.

Also rejoining the Top 25 were Southern Cal and BYU.

Arkansas, Oklahoma, Virginia and Oregon fell out of the Top 25 after losses Saturday.

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