Upsets shake up AP Top 25 poll

NEW YORK — After a weekend in which four top-10 teams lost, The Associated Press college football poll received a major makeover.

No. 1 Florida, No. 2 Texas and No. 3 Alabama held their places in the media poll released Sunday, but 15 teams moved up or down at least three spots.

LSU is up to No. 4 after barely avoiding an upset at Mississippi State on Saturday. No. 5 Boise State is in the top five for the first time in the regular season.

No. 6 Virginia Tech, No. 7 Southern California and No. 9 Ohio State are back in the top 10.

Cincinnati moved up four spots to No. 10, the best ranking in school history.

No. 13 Iowa and No. 16 Oregon both jumped back into the rankings after beating top-10 teams. Georgia Tech also moved back into the rankings. Falling out were Florida State, North Carolina and Washington, which followed its upset of USC with a 34-14 loss at Stanford on Saturday.

For the second consecutive week the Southeastern Conference has three of the top four teams in the country, with LSU replacing Mississippi. The last conference to have three of the top four in the AP poll was the Big Eight in 1971, when Nebraska, Oklahoma and Colorado were Nos. 1, 2 and 3.

Texas received one first-place vote and 1,420 points. Alabama had four first-place votes, one more than last week, and 1,400 points.

A volatile weekend for highly ranked teams began Thursday night in South Carolina, when the unranked Gamecocks beat then-No. 4 Mississippi. Ole Miss fell 17 spots to No. 21.

And that was only the second-largest drop by a ranked team this week.

After California was routed 42-3 by Oregon on Saturday, the Bears fell 18 spots from No. 6 to No. 24. Cal hosts USC on Saturday.

Penn State also lost its first game Saturday, falling 21-10 at home to Iowa. The Nittany Lions fell 10 spots to No. 15.

Virginia Tech's 31-7 victory over Miami boosted the Hokies five spots and sent the 17th-ranked Hurricanes tumbling eight spots in the new rankings.

Miami faces No. 8 Oklahoma at home on Saturday.

TCU is up four spots to No. 11, followed by another potential BCS buster, undefeated Houston.

Georgia and Kansas are tied for No. 18 and BYU is No. 20.

No. 23 Michigan, which needed a late rally and a controversial call to go its way to beat Indiana 36-33, was the only team outside the top three to hold its spot in the new poll.

The first Harris poll, which is used in the BCS rankings, was released Sunday and the top 10 was the same as the AP's, except the Harris voters had Ohio State No. 8 and Oklahoma No. 9.

The USA Today coaches' poll had the same top nine as the AP. The first difference came at No. 10. The coaches had TCU, instead of Cincinnati.

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