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Huskers Back Atop AP Poll

Nebraska is No. 1 again, but look who's No. 2 - Kansas State.

The Cornhuskers regained the top spot in a big way on Sunday, while one week at No. 1 was too much for Florida State, which tumbled to No. 7 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll following Saturday's 27-24 loss at Miami.

K-State made a power move, too, jumping ahead of Virginia Tech into the No. 2 slot and allowing the Big 12 Conference to become the first league to boast 1-2 teams since 1987.

In the 11th poll of the '87 season, Nebraska and Oklahoma were 1-2.

With its first win over Florida State since 1994, Miami moved up three spots to No. 4, just behind No. 3 Virginia Tech, and gave the Big East Conference the 3-4 places in the poll.

The Huskers (5-0), who beat Iowa State 49-27, received 67 first-place votes and 1,771 points from the 71 sports writers and broadcasters on the AP panel. Last week, Nebraska had 28 first-place votes to Florida State's 42.

The Wildcats (6-0), who beat Kansas 52-13, had three first-place votes and 1,640 points, while Virginia Tech (5-0) had one first-place vote and 1,627 points. The Hokies beat Temple 35-13.

Nebraska coach Frank Solich is just happy his team is winning.

"There's only about half of the season gone. We've got a lot of football to play," Solich said Sunday. "There's a lot of them dropping by the wayside as far as undefeated teams go."

Just seven of the 115 I-A teams are unbeaten and all are ranked within the top 12. Miami is the highest ranked team with one loss.

Following No. 4 Miami is No. 5 Clemson (6-0) , No. 6 Ohio State (5-0), No. 7 Florida State, No. 8 Oklahoma (5-0), No. 9 Oregon and No. 10 Florida.

Florida, which beat LSU 41-9, gave the Southeastern Conference a Top 10 team again after last week's absence the first time since 1988 an SEC team was not ranked in the AP's Top 10.

Washington, a 33-30 winner over Oregon State, was No. 11, followed by No. 12 TCU (5-0), No. 13 UCLA, No. 14. Georgia, No. 15 Mississippi State, No. 16 Southern Miss, No. 17 Northwestern, No. 18 Michigan, No. 19 Auburn and No. 20 Notre Dame.

Purdue, a 32-31 winner over Michigan, was back in the poll at No. 21, followed by No. 22 Arizona, No. 23 Oregon State, No. 24 South Carolina and No. 25 Texas.

Tennessee (2-3), which lost 21-10 to Georgia, fell out of the AP rankings for the first time since Dec. 4, 1994 a streak of 94 consecutive rankings. Joining the Vols on the dropout list were USC and Wisconsin, Arizona, Purdue and South Carolina are the new Top 25 teams this week.

In the USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll, the top five were Nebraska, Virginia Tech, Kansas State, Clemson and Ohio State.

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