Southern Cal rises to No. 3, Virginia Tech falls in AP poll

Updated: October 26, 2003, 1:54 PM ET

NEW YORK - Southern California rose to No. 3 and Virginia Tech dropped seven spots in the latest Associated Press college football poll released Sunday.

USC (7-1) hurdled Georgia (7-1) after a 43-23 victory over Washington on Saturday. While the Trojans rolled, Georgia avoided a huge upset with a 16-13 win over Alabama-Birmingham.

Virginia Tech (6-1) was not as fortunate, falling to West Virginia, 28-7, on Wednesday and slipping to No. 10 in the poll.

Oklahoma (8-0) remained atop the poll after a 34-20 win over Colorado. The Sooners again received 62 first-place votes and 1,622 points in balloting from a nationwide panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.

Idle Miami (7-0) collected the other three first-place votes and 1,563 points.

Florida State (7-1) made Bobby Bowden the winningest coach in Division I-A college football history with a 48-24 victory over Wake Forest and inched up a spot to No. 5.

Washington State (7-1), Louisiana State (7-1), Ohio State (7-1), Michigan State (7-1) and Virginia Tech round out the top-10.

Michigan (7-2) is 11th followed by Nebraska (7-1), Iowa (6-2), Oklahoma State (7-1), Texas Christian (8-0), Texas (6-2), Bowling Green (7-1), Purdue (6-2), Tennessee (5-2) and Mississippi (6-2).

Missouri (6-2) moved back into the poll at No. 21, tied with Northern Illinois (7-1), which dropped nine places after losing to Bowling Green on Saturday.

Florida (5-3), Minnesota (7-2) and Pittsburgh (5-2) complete the poll.

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