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Gators Jump To No. 1 In Major Polls

First, Nebraska lost its grip on the ball, then it lost the No. 1 ranking as Florida took over the top spot in The Associated Press’ college football poll.

The Gators, back at No. 1 after nearly two years, beat Tennessee 35-29 on Saturday and jumped three places in this week’s new-look Top 25. The two-time defending national champion Cornhuskers, surprising 19-0 losers at Arizona State, tumbled to No. 8, while the Volunteers fell from No. 2 to No. 9.

Florida (3-0), received 52 first-place votes and 1,659 points Sunday from the 67 writers and broadcasters who vote in the AP poll. The Gators were the clear choice over No. 2 Florida State (2-0), which received 13 first-place votes and 1,612 points. The Seminoles (2-0) beat North Carolina State 51-17 last Thursday night.

Penn State moved up a spot to No. 3 with one first-place vote and 1,505 points, while Ohio State was fourth and Notre Dame fifth, up four positions. The Fighting Irish (3-0) got a last-play, 39-yard field goal by John Sanson for a 27-24 win over Texas (2-1), which fell from sixth to No. 13. The Buckeyes (2-0) beat Pitt 72-0 and play at Notre Dame on Saturday.

The changes at the top marked the first time in six years the No. 1 and No. 2 teams lost on the same day in the regular season. On Oct. 6, 1990, Stanford beat a No. 1 Notre Dame 36-31 and Miami topped a No. 2 Florida State 31-22.

Florida was also ranked No. 1 by the USA Today-CNN poll.

“It’s nice to be No. 1 and we appreciate it,” Florida coach Steve Spurrier said. “It’s not like I’d say we’re the best team in the country. I don’t think anyone knows for sure who is. By the end of the season, everything should play out and it’ll all be worked out. We’ll try to hold onto it as long as we can.”

Arizona State, meanwhile, vaulted to No. 6 - up 11 places from a week ago - for its first Top 10 ranking since finishing fourth in the 1986 final poll. The Sun Devils (3-0) also received one first-place vote.

Michigan (3-0), a 20-14 winner over Boston College, was seventh, followed by Nebraska, Tennessee and Miami.

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Associated Press Top 25 The Top Twenty Five teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sept. 21, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and last week’s ranking:

Record Pts Pv 1. Florida (52) 3-0 1,659 4 2. Florida St. (13) 2-0 1,612 3 3. Penn St. (1) 4-0 1,505 5 4. Ohio St. 2-0 1,411 7 5. Notre Dame 3-0 1,373 9 6. Arizona St. (1) 3-0 1,229 17 7. Michigan 3-0 1,207 8 8. Nebraska 1-1 1,198 1 9. Tennessee 2-1 1,125 2 10. Miami 3-0 1,100 10 11. North Carolina 3-0 991 11 12. Colorado 2-1 891 12 13. Texas 2-1 855 6 14. Alabama 4-0 764 14 15. Southern Cal 3-1 711 15 16. Kansas St. 4-0 677 16 17. LSU 2-0 662 21 18. Virginia Tech 3-0 577 18 19. Virginia 3-0 543 20 20. Kansas 2-0 440 22 21. Washington 2-1 376 24 22. Auburn 3-1 299 13 23. West Virginia 4-0 155 24. Brigham Young 3-1 100 25. Northwestern 2-1 79

Others receiving votes: Wyoming 54, Wisconsin 29, East Carolina 28, Iowa 24, Baylor 22, Minnesota 18, Georgia Tech 15, Utah 11, Southern Miss. 7, Washington St. 7, California 5, Oregon 5, Texas Tech 5, Texas A&M; 3, Louisville 2, Army 1.

USA Today/CNN Top 25 The Top Twenty Five teams in USA Today-CNN college football poll, with firstplace votes in parentheses, records through Sept. 21 games, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and last week’s ranking:

Record Pts Pvs 1. Florida (38) 3-0 1,524 4 2. Florida St. (22) 2-0 1,494 3 3. Penn St. 4-0 1,380 5 4. Ohio St. (2) 2-0 1,359 6 5. Notre Dame 3-0 1,197 9 6. Michigan 3-0 1,181 7 7. Nebraska 1-1 1,166 1 8. Tennessee 2-1 990 2 9. Miami 3-0 945 10 10. Alabama 4-0 913 11 11. North Carolina 3-0 896 13 12. Arizona St. 3-0 821 22 13. Kansas St. 4-0 771 14 14. Texas 2-1 744 8 15. Colorado 2-1 724 12 16. Virginia Tech 3-0 675 16 17. Virginia 3-0 614 17 18. Southern Cal 3-1 573 18 19. Louisiana St. 2-0 551 21 20. Kansas 2-0 402 20 21. Washington 2-1 305 23 22. Auburn 3-1 245 15 23. West Virginia 4-0 174 NR 24. Brigham Young 3-1 172 25 25. Iowa 2-1 57 19

Others receiving votes: Wisconsin 45, Northwestern 36, Wyoming 36, Baylor 25, Utah 24, Minnesota 20, Georgia Tech 16, Syracuse 12, UCLA 12, East Carolina 11, San Diego State 9, Oregon 8, Texas A&M; 7, Washington State 5, California 3, Texas Tech 3, Indiana 2, Louisville 2, Arizona 1.



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