Wisconsin handed Purdue its first
defeat of the season en route to a top-10 berth in the latest
ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll, which was released Sunday.
The Badgers (7-0) capitalized on a late turnover by Boilermakers
quarterback Kyle Orton, returning a fumble 40 yards for a
touchdown in a 20-17 win Saturday that propelled them five spots to seventh in the poll of Division I coaches. [All rankings in this article are from the ESPN/USA Today poll.]
Purdue (5-1), which had jumped five spots in each of the two
previous weeks, fell seven places into the No. 12 ranking
previously held by Wisconsin.
Southern California (6-0) maintained its top ranking after a
45-7 rout of Arizona State, which was No. 19 entering the week.
Matt Leinart threw for 224 yards and four touchdowns for the
Trojans, who claimed 50 of a possible 61 first-place votes for
1,514 points. The Sun Devils (5-1) fell to 23rd.
Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Jason White also threw four
touchdown passes as Oklahoma (6-0) remained at No. 2 with a
31-21 victory over Kansas State in a rematch of last year's Big
12 Conference championship. The Sooners claimed 10 first-place
votes and are 44 points behind behind USC.
Miami (5-0) rallied from a 17-point deficit to defeat then
17th-ranked Louisville, 41-38, on Thursday and retained third.
The Hurricanes, who have 1,380 points, claimed the final
first-place vote while the Cardinals (4-1) slipped one spot to
Auburn (7-0) rolled to a 38-20 victory over Arkansas on Saturday
and maintained the fourth spot, followed by Florida State
(5-1), which moved up two spots after a 36-3 rout of Virginia.
The Cavaliers (5-1) suffered the biggest drop of all ranked
teams, falling nine spots to 15th.
Georgia (5-1) ascended two spots into Virginia's previous
ranking following a 33-3 triumph over Vanderbilt.
California (4-1) used a 45-28 victory over UCLA to climb one
spot to eighth. The Golden Bears are followed by Texas (5-1)
and Utah (6-0).
Michigan (6-1) posted a 30-19 victory at Illinois, moving up two
spots to No. 11. Tennessee (5-1) is ranked 13th, followed by
West Virginia (5-1).
On the strength of a last-second field goal, Boise State (6-0)
extended its winning streak to 17 games with a 45-42 win over
Tulsa and moved up two spots to 16th. The Broncos are followed
by Louisiana State (4-2).
Florida (4-2) moved up three spots to No. 19 after routing
Middle Tennessee State, 52-16.
Previously unranked Texas A&M (5-1) defeated previous No. 15
Oklahoma State, 36-20, and entered the poll at No. 20. The
Cowboys slipped six spots to No. 21.
Virginia Tech (5-2) pummeled Florida A&M, 62-0, and moved back
into the poll at No. 22. Texas Tech (4-2) and Notre Dame (5-2),
which extended its winning streak over Navy to 41 games, also
debuted at Nos. 24 and 25, respective.
Minnesota, 20th last week, fell out of the rankings after a
51-17 loss to Michigan State. Ohio State, Missouri and Southern
Mississippi were also bounced.