Purdue cracks top 10 in AP poll

Updated: October 19, 2003, 2:35 PM ET

NEW YORK - Purdue, which is one play away from being undefeated, cracked the top 10 in the latest Associated Press college football poll released Sunday.

The Boilermakers (6-1) have won six in a row following a last-second loss to Bowling Green in their season opener and may have established themselves as a legitimate contender in the Big Ten Conference after Saturday's 26-23 win at Wisconsin.

Purdue, which joins Michigan State as the only teams without a loss in the Big Ten, has another crucial game next week at Michigan.

The top five teams remained unchanged, with Oklahoma (7-0) first, followed by Miami (7-0), Virginia Tech (6-0), Georgia (6-1) and Southern California (6-1). The Sooners received 62 first-place votes and 1,622 points in balloting from a nationwide panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.

Miami collected the other three first-place votes and garnered 1,558 points.

Florida State (6-1), which rebounded from a loss to Miami, is tied with Washington State (6-1) for sixth, with Ohio State (6-1), Louisiana State (6-1) and Purdue completing the top 10.

The Buckeyes bounced back after having their 19-game winning streak snapped with a 19-10 win victory Iowa that kept them in the Big 12 race. The loss cost the Hawkeyes seven spots as they dropped to 16th.

Michigan State (7-1) starts the second 10, while Nothern Illinois (7-0) stayed 12th and is ahead of Michigan (6-2) and Nebraska (6-1).

Texas Christian (7-0), one of five remaining unbeaten teams in Division I-A, climbed one spot to 15th. Iowa (5-2), Auburn (5-2), Oklahoma State (6-1), Texas (5-2) and Wisconsin (6-2) complete the top 20.

Arkansas (4-2) fell from 11th to 21st following a loss to up-and-down Florida (5-3), which moved back in at 25th. Tennessee (4-2) is 22nd, followed by newcomers Bowling Green (6-1) and Utah (6-1).

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