'Noles, Hokies On Top Of AP

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Florida State is perfectly comfortable at No. 1.

The Seminoles (11-0) easily retained the top spot in The Associated Press' Top 25 college football poll Sunday after completing their third perfect regular season with a 30-23 win over Florida.

Virginia Tech (10-0) held firm at No. 2 with a 62-7 victory over Rutgers on Saturday, and Nebraska moved to No. 3, replacing the Gators (9-2), who fell to No. 5.

Wisconsin (9-2), headed for the Rose Bowl to play Pac-10 champion Stanford, also improved one spot to No. 4, followed by Florida, No. 6 Tennessee, No. 7 Texas, No. 8 Alabama, No. 9 Kansas State and No. 10 Michigan.

Florida State, set to play for a national title in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 4, is trying to become the first team to go wire-to-wire in the AP poll.

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  • Nebraska in 1983 and Florida State in 1993 came closest. The '83 Cornhuskers went 12-0 before losing to Miami 31-30 in the Orange Bowl. The '93 Seminoles were No. 1 for most of the season, lost to Notre Dame but beat Nebraska in the Orange Bowl to claim the title.

    Since 1950, eight teams were ranked No. 1 in the preseason and went on to win the national title: Tennessee (1951); Michigan State (1952); Oklahoma (1956, 1974, 1975, 1985); Alabama (1978); and Florida State (1993).

    Nebraska's move to No. 3 it is third in the latest coaches' poll, too means the Cornhuskers might have a chance to overtake the Hokies in the BCS standings, which uses polls, computers and strength-of-schedule to determine which teams will play in its national title game the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 4. The latest BCS standings will be released Monday.

    Florida State received 66 first-place votes and 1,746 points from the 70 sports writers and broadcasters on the AP panel. Last week the Seminoles had 63 first-place votes.

    Virginia Teh, which plays Boston College on Friday, had four first-place votes and 1,681 points; Nebraska, at Colorado on Friday, had 1,607 points.

    Michigan State (9-2), a 35-28 winner over Penn State, improved four places to No. 11, followed by No. 12 Marshall, No. 13 Minnesota, No. 14 Southern Mississippi, No 15 Penn State, No. 16 Georgia, No. 17 Arkansas, No. 18 Mississippi State, No. 19 Purdue and No. 20 Georgia Tech.

    Arkansas and Mississippi each moved up five spots from last week, while Minnesota and Southern Mississippi advanced four places. Georgia Tech, upset by Wake Forest 26-23, fell six places to No. 20.

    East Carolina was No. 21, followed by No. 22 Boston College, No. 23 Mississippi, No. 24 Texas A&M and No. 25 Louisiana Tech.

    Louisiana Tech (8-2) broke into the Top 25 for the first time. BYU dropped out after a 20-17 loss to Utah..
    The top five teams in the USA Today/ESPN coaches' polls were Florida State, Virginia Tech, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Texas.

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