FSU Remains No. 1 In Polls


When 20 of the top 25 teams win, with two idle, there's not much chance of change in The Associated Press' Top 25 college football poll. For the seventh consecutive week, Florida State and Penn State were 1-2 in the AP poll Sunday, with Virginia Tech a solid No. 3 for the second week in a row.

The top eight teams remained the same, with Nebraska, tied for No. 8 with Mississippi State last week, slipping to No. 9 and Wisconsin moving up a spot to No. 10.

The Seminoles (9-0) beat Virginia 35-10 Saturday and collected 55 first-place votes and 1,732 points from the 70 sports writers and broadcasters on the AP panel.

Penn State (9-0), a 27-7 winner over Illinois, had nine first-place votes and 1,683 points, while Virginia Tech (7-0) -- 30-17 winners over Pittsburgh -- had six first-place votes and 1,607 points.

Tennessee (6-1), the defending national champion, was No. 4 after a 30-7 win over South Carolina, followed by No. 5 Florida, No. 6 Kansas State, No. 7 Georgia Tech, No. 8 Mississippi State, No. 9 Nebraska and No. 10 Wisconsin.

Texas, which needed a last-play field goal to beat Iowa State 44-41, was No. 11, followed by No. 12 Alabama, No. 13 Marshall, N. 14 Georgia, No. 15 BYU, No. 16 Michigan, No. 17 Purdue, No. 18 East Carolina, No. 19 Michigan State and No. 20 Ohio State.

Georgia, a 30-14 loser to Florida, fell four spots to No. 14.

Texas A&M, a 21-3 winner over Oklahoma State, was No. 21, followed by No. 22 Miami, No. 23 Mississippi, No. 24 Notre Dame and No. 25 Southern Mississippi.

The Fighting Irish (5-3) edged Navy 28-24 on a last-minute touchdown pass and returned to the Top 25 for the first time since Sept. 13.

Oklahoma, a 38-24 loser to Colorado, fell out of the rankings.

In the USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll, the top five were Florida State, Penn State, Virginia Tech, Tennessee and Florida.

The Bowl Championship Series standings will be released Monday.

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