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Tennessee Still No. 1 In AP Poll


Tennessee is anything but rocky at the top.

With a 59-21 victory over Kentucky, the Volunteers easily held their No. 1 ranking Sunday in The Associated Press' Top 25 college football poll.

Tennessee (10-0), with 42 first-place votes and 1,715 points, increased its slim lead of a week ago over No. 2 Kansas State.

The Wildcats (11-0), who got past Missouri 31-25 on Saturday, had 24 first-place votes and 1,685 points from the 70 sports writers and broadcasters on the AP panel.

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  • Last week, the Vols led the Wildcats by eight first-place votes and 10 points. This week, the lead is up to 18 first-place votes and 30 points.

    UCLA (10-0), 34-17 winners over Southern California, remained No. 3 with four first-place votes and 1,628 points.

    Florida State (11-1) moved up a spot to No. 4 after its 23-12 win over Florida (9-2), which fell four spots to No. 8 from a week ago.

    Ohio State (10-1), with a 31-16 win over Michigan, moved up two places to No. 5, followed by No. 6 Texas A&M, No. 7 Arizona, No. 8 Florida, No. 9 Notre Dame and No. 10 Wisconsin.

    In the USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll, the top five are Kansas State, Tennessee, UCLA, Florida State and Ohio State.

    Tulane (10-0), the only other team with a perfect record, was No. 11 in the AP poll, followed by No. 12 Georgia, No. 13 Arkansas, No. 14 Nebraska, No. 15 Michigan, No. 16 Virginia, No. 17 Georgia Tech, No. 18 Air Force, No. 19 Miami and No. 20 Virginia Tch.

    Arkansas dropped four places after its second straight loss, 22-21 to Mississippi State, while the Wolverines also dropped four spots with the loss to Ohio State. Miami, a 38-10 winner over Pittsburgh last Thursday night, improved three places.

    Syracuse, which beat Temple 38-7, was No. 21, followed by No. 22 Oregon, No. 23 Penn State, No. 24 Missouri and No. 25 Mississippi State.

    The Ducks, who lost 44-41 to Oregon State in two overtimes, and the Nittany Lions, 24-3 losers to Wisconsin, each fell seven spots from last week, while Missouri dropped five spots with its loss to K-State.

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