Ohio St, Florida St fall from top-five in USA Today/ESPN poll

Updated: October 12, 2003, 4:02 PM ET

MCLEAN, Virginia - "Separation Saturday" parted Ohio State and Florida State from the top five in the latest USA Today/ESPN football coaches poll released Sunday.

Defending national champion Ohio State (5-1) had its 19-game winning streak stopped with a 17-10 Big Ten Conference loss to Wisconsin on Saturday. The Buckeyes dropped five spots from third in the poll to No. 8.

After snapping the nation's longest winning streak, the Badgers (6-1) ascended 10 spots to No. 12.

Florida State (5-1) endured a 22-14 defeat to rival Miami (6-0) and slipped two spots to No. 7.

After recording their 38th straight regular-season win, the Hurricanes remained in second place with five first-place votes and 1,514 points.

Oklahoma (6-0) remains at No. 1 after a 65-13 rout of Texas, earning 58 first-place nods and 1,570 points.

Virginia Tech (6-0), which pounded Syracuse, 51-7, moved up one spot to third, while Southern California (5-1) and Georgia (5-1) moved into the top-five. Washington State (5-1) climbed six rungs to No. 6, as did No. 9 Iowa (5-1).

Louisiana State (5-1) fell to the No. 10 after losing to Florida on Saturday and is followed by Arkansas (4-1), Wisconsin, Texas Christian (6-0), and Nebraska (5-1), which plummeted seven positions after a 41-24 loss to Missouri.

Purdue (5-1) rose five spots to No. 15, ahead of Northern Illinois (6-0), Michigan (5-2), Michigan State (6-1), Minnesota (6-1), Texas (4-2), Oregon State (5-1) and Tennessee (4-2).

Texas Tech (5-1), Oklahoma State (5-1) and Auburn (4-2) entered the poll at positions Nos. 23-25.

Pittsburgh (3-2), a 20-14 loser to Notre Dame, Kansas State (4-3) and Virginia (4-2) dropped out of the poll.

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