Monday, September 22, 2003
Ohio State moves up to No. 4 in AP poll
UC, Miami get votes
A weekend full of upsets caused plenty of movement in The Associated Press college football poll.
Oklahoma and Miami remained in the top two spots for the third straight week when the Top 25 was released Sunday, but four other teams dropped out of the Top 10 in balloting by the panel of sports writers and broadcasters.
The Sooners, who have been No. 1 all season, received 55 of the 65 first-place votes and 1,612 points. The Hurricanes got three firsts and 1,537 points.
Michigan became the highest-ranked team to lose this season when the Wolverines fell 31-27 at then-No. 22 Oregon. Michigan dropped from third to 11th and Oregon moved up to No. 10.
Kansas State and Pittsburgh lost to unranked teams from the Mid-American Conference. The Wildcats fell from sixth to 16th after a 27-20 loss to Marshall, the highest-ranked team ever beaten by a MAC school. The Panthers dropped eight spots to 17th after a 35-31 loss to Toledo.
Georgia was the other Top 10 to lose, going down 17-10 at LSU. The Bulldogs fell five spots to 12th, and the Tigers moved up four places to No. 7.
Southern Cal, which was idle, moved up one spot to No. 3 and had two first-place votes. Ohio State also moved up one spot to No. 4 after its 18th straight win and had the remaining five first-place votes.
Virginia Tech was fifth, followed by Florida State, LSU, Tennessee, Arkansas and Oregon.
The USA Today/ESPN coaches poll had the same top eight teams as the AP.
Following Michigan and Georgia in the second 10 were Iowa, Texas, Nebraska, Kansas State, Pittsburgh, Washington, TCU and Northern Illinois.
Northern Illinois (3-0) made its first appearance ever in the poll, debuting at No. 20 following a 19-16 win at Alabama, which dropped out after one week.
Minnesota (4-0) also joined the poll at No. 24 when Arizona State dropped out following a 21-2 loss at Iowa.
The bottom five were Washington State, Purdue, Missouri, Minnesota and Florida.
The Big 12, Big Ten and SEC led all conferences with five teams in the poll, followed by four from the Pac-10 and three from the Big East. Florida State is the only entry for the ACC.
AP Top 25
The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sept. 20, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:
|1. Oklahoma (55)||4-0||1,612||1|
|2. Miami (3)||4-0||1,537||2|
|3. Southern Cal (2)||3-0||1,495||4|
|4. Ohio St. (5)||4-0||1,415||5|
|5. Virginia Tech||3-0||1,304||8|
|6. Florida St.||4-0||1,265||10|
|16. Kansas St.||4-1||540||6|
|20. N. Illinois||3-0||392||-|
|21. Washington St.||3-1||265||24|
Others receiving votes: Toledo 109, Arizona St. 90, N.C. State 90, Louisville 79, Wake Forest 54, Bowling Green 44, Virginia 36, Wisconsin 32, Marshall 24, Oklahoma St. 17, Alabama 11, Miami (Ohio) 9, Air Force 8, Maryland 7, Michigan St. 7, Cincinnati 6, UNLV 6, South Carolina 5, Texas A&M 3, BYU 1.
USA Today/ESPN Top 25
The top 25 teams in the USA Today-ESPN college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, team's records through Sept. 20, points based on 25 points for a first-place vote, through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking:
Also receiving votes: North Carolina State 111; Purdue 111; Air Force 81; Virginia 72; Marshall 68; Wisconsin 68; Louisville 58; Toledo 55; Texas A&M 50; Bowling Green 26; Wake Forest 17; Clemson 15; Oklahoma State 14; UCLA 12; Boise State 11; Brigham Young 11; UNLV 11; Michigan State 9; Cincinnati 8; Utah 8; Miami (Ohio) 7; Fresno State 6; Stanford 6; Maryland 4; Oregon State 3; Texas Tech 3; Southern Mississippi 1.
|1. Oklahoma (51)||4-0||1,557||1|
|2. Miami (Fla.) (6)||4-0||1,503||2|
|3. Southern Cal (1)||3-0||1,435||3|
|4. Ohio State (5)||4-0||1,393||4|
|5. Virginia Tech||3-0||1,294||8|
|6. Florida State||4-0||1,251||9|
|16. Kansas State||4-1||620||6|
|21. Washington St.||3-1||282||24|
|22. Northern Illinois||3-0||238||NR|
|24. Arizona State||2-1||157||16|
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