Florida State was the only one of
the top five schools to struggle Saturday, but the Seminoles
retained their No. 5 spot in the latest ESPN/USA Today coaches'
poll released Sunday.
Florida State (6-1) rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit
to beat Wake Forest, 20-17 and remains ahead of unbeaten
Wisconsin (8-0), which is still No. 6 after a 24-12 victory against
Southern California (7-0) maintained the No. 1 ranking after a
38-0 rout of Washington. The Trojans received 49 of a possible
61 first-place votes and 1,513 points.
Second-ranked Oklahoma (7-0) beat Kansas, 41-10, and gained a
first-place vote in the process, increasing its total to 11
along with 1,469 points.
Third-ranked Miami (6-0), which defeated North Carolina State,
45-31, has the other first-place vote. The Hurricanes are
ranked second in the BCS, ahead of Oklahoma.
Auburn (8-0) remained unbeaten with a 42-10 rout of Kentucky
but also stayed in the fourth spot in the poll.
Georgia (6-1) struggled to a 20-14 victory against Arkansas and slipped
one place to seventh.
California (5-1), Texas (6-1) and unbeaten Utah complete the
top-10. California routed Arizona, 38-0; Texas pounded Texas
Tech, 51-21 and Utah walloped Nevada-Las Vegas, 63-28. Texas
Tech, which was 24th, dropped out of the poll.
Michigan (7-1) beat Purdue, 16-14 in a pivotal Big Ten
Conference game and remains at No. 11. It was the second
straight loss for Purdue (5-2), which slipped seven more spots
to No. 19.
Tennessee (6-1) is 12th followed by West Virginia (6-1),
Virginia (6-1), unbeaten Boise State (7-0), Louisville (5-1),
Texas A&M (6-1), Louisiana State (5-2), Purdue and Oklahoma
Arizona State (6-1) and Virginia Tech (5-2) are at 21 and 22,
respectively, and Minnesota (6-2), Iowa (5-2) and Southern
Mississippi (5-1) joined the poll in the last three spots.
Florida (4-3) dropped out after losing at Mississippi State,
38-31. Notre Dame, which lost to Boston College, 24-23, also
was knocked out.