September 30, 1996 in Sports

Arizona State Jumps To No. 5

Associated Press
 

Arizona State, off to its best start in 14 years, now is ranked No. 5 - ahead of such traditional powers as Notre Dame, Michigan, Nebraska, Colorado, Miami and Tennessee.

But two questions linger like the smog these days over the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Are the Sun Devils that good? And what’s going to happen when they play a road game?

“At this point, this team has … special players,” said Arizona State coach Bruce Snyder, trying to lead the Sun Devils to their first bowl game since 1987.

“I think we’re a fun team to watch. We have the markings of a special team, though we won’t really know until November and December.”

The Sun Devils improved to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the Pac-10 with a 48-27 win over Oregon Saturday night.

It was the fourth of five home games to start the season and followed a 19-0 upset over then top-ranked Nebraska.

Arizona State, which struggled to beat Washington 45-42 in the season opener, then beat North Texas 52-7, next plays Boise State (1-4).

“I know people are going to expect us to beat them and beat them big,” Sun Devils quarterback Jake Plummer said. “We’re going to show them what big-time football is all about.

“We know what we have to do to get to the Rose Bowl and that’s keep on winning.”

MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLLS 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. 28, 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 (57) 4-0 1,664 1 2. Florida St. (8) 3-0 1,586 2 3. Ohio St. (1) 3-0 1,533 4 4. Penn St. 5-0 1,459 3 5. Arizona St. (1) 4-0 1,389 6 6. Michigan 4-0 1,330 7 7. Nebraska 2-1 1,242 8 8. Miami 4-0 1,198 10 9. Tennessee 2-1 1,132 9 10. Colorado 3-1 981 12 11. Notre Dame 3-1 900 5 12. Virginia 4-0 874 19 13. Alabama 4-0 836 14 14. LSU 3-0 770 17 15. North Carolina 3-1 767 11 16. Kansas St. 4-0 754 16 17. Southern Cal 3-1 753 15 18. Washington 2-1 515 21 19. West Virginia 5-0 418 23 20. Auburn 3-1 410 22 21. Brigham Young 4-1 268 24 22. Northwestern 3-1 201 25 23. Texas 2-2 146 13 24. Utah 4-1 101 25. Wyoming 5-0 99 Others receiving votes: Virginia Tech 94, Kansas 89, Wisconsin 51, Southern Miss. 47, East Carolina 44, Baylor 42, Georgia Tech 19, California 13, Iowa 12, Syracuse 12, Minnesota 10, Washington St. 10, Texas Tech 5, Oregon 1.

USA Today/CNN Top 25 The Top Twenty Five teams in USA Today-CNN college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sept. 29, 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 (48) 4-0 1,533 1 2. Florida St. (9) 3-0 1,453 2 3. Ohio St. (5) 3-0 1,429 4 4. Penn St. 5-0 1,361 3 5. Michigan 4-0 1,281 6 6. Nebraska 2-1 1,145 7 7. Arizona St. 4-0 1,101 12 8. Miami 4-0 1,086 9 9. Tennessee 2-1 1,001 8 10. Alabama 4-0 940 10 11. Virginia 4-0 863 17 12. Kansas St. 4-0 841 13 13. Colorado 3-1 840 15 14. Notre Dame 3-1 784 5 15. Louisiana St. 3-0 702 19 16. Southern Cal 3-1 660 18 17. North Carolina 3-1 585 11 18. Washington 2-1 387 21 19. West Virginia 5-0 383 23 20. Auburn 3-1 348 22 21. Brigham Young 4-1 299 24 22. Virginia Tech 3-1 223 16 23. Texas 2-2 157 14 24. Utah 4-1 124 NR 25. Wyoming 5-0 106 NR Others receiving votes: Northwestern 103, Kansas 88, Iowa 59, Syracuse 50, Georgia Tech 32, Wisconsin 32, Baylor 31, Minnesota 26, California 24, East Carolina 17, Washington State 15, Texas Tech 14, San Diego State 9, Air Force 6, Michigan State 5, Southern Mississippi 5, Tulsa 2.

This sidebar appeared with the story: COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLLS 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. 28, 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 (57) 4-0 1,664 1 2. Florida St. (8) 3-0 1,586 2 3. Ohio St. (1) 3-0 1,533 4 4. Penn St. 5-0 1,459 3 5. Arizona St. (1) 4-0 1,389 6 6. Michigan 4-0 1,330 7 7. Nebraska 2-1 1,242 8 8. Miami 4-0 1,198 10 9. Tennessee 2-1 1,132 9 10. Colorado 3-1 981 12 11. Notre Dame 3-1 900 5 12. Virginia 4-0 874 19 13. Alabama 4-0 836 14 14. LSU 3-0 770 17 15. North Carolina 3-1 767 11 16. Kansas St. 4-0 754 16 17. Southern Cal 3-1 753 15 18. Washington 2-1 515 21 19. West Virginia 5-0 418 23 20. Auburn 3-1 410 22 21. Brigham Young 4-1 268 24 22. Northwestern 3-1 201 25 23. Texas 2-2 146 13 24. Utah 4-1 101 25. Wyoming 5-0 99 Others receiving votes: Virginia Tech 94, Kansas 89, Wisconsin 51, Southern Miss. 47, East Carolina 44, Baylor 42, Georgia Tech 19, California 13, Iowa 12, Syracuse 12, Minnesota 10, Washington St. 10, Texas Tech 5, Oregon 1.

USA Today/CNN Top 25 The Top Twenty Five teams in USA Today-CNN college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sept. 29, 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 (48) 4-0 1,533 1 2. Florida St. (9) 3-0 1,453 2 3. Ohio St. (5) 3-0 1,429 4 4. Penn St. 5-0 1,361 3 5. Michigan 4-0 1,281 6 6. Nebraska 2-1 1,145 7 7. Arizona St. 4-0 1,101 12 8. Miami 4-0 1,086 9 9. Tennessee 2-1 1,001 8 10. Alabama 4-0 940 10 11. Virginia 4-0 863 17 12. Kansas St. 4-0 841 13 13. Colorado 3-1 840 15 14. Notre Dame 3-1 784 5 15. Louisiana St. 3-0 702 19 16. Southern Cal 3-1 660 18 17. North Carolina 3-1 585 11 18. Washington 2-1 387 21 19. West Virginia 5-0 383 23 20. Auburn 3-1 348 22 21. Brigham Young 4-1 299 24 22. Virginia Tech 3-1 223 16 23. Texas 2-2 157 14 24. Utah 4-1 124 NR 25. Wyoming 5-0 106 NR Others receiving votes: Northwestern 103, Kansas 88, Iowa 59, Syracuse 50, Georgia Tech 32, Wisconsin 32, Baylor 31, Minnesota 26, California 24, East Carolina 17, Washington State 15, Texas Tech 14, San Diego State 9, Air Force 6, Michigan State 5, Southern Mississippi 5, Tulsa 2.

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