Utah moves up to No. 5

Updated: November 14, 2004, 5:29 PM ET
Associated Press

Auburn caught Oklahoma in The Associated Press Top 25 on Sunday, creating a tie for second place behind No. 1 Southern California.

It's just the second tie for No. 2 in the history of the AP media poll. The other was Nov. 3, 1991, when Miami and Washington were tied behind No. 1 Florida State.

That year, the Hurricanes and Huskies eventually shared the national title. Miami finished No. 1 in the AP poll and Washington took the top spot in the coaches' poll.

Auburn and Oklahoma each received 1,536 points. The Tigers got six first-place votes and the Sooners received eight. Last week, Oklahoma led Auburn by 43 points and had 10 first-place votes to the Tigers' three.

But Auburn made a convincing case Saturday against Georgia. The Tigers beat the Bulldogs 24-6, a loss that dropped Georgia three spots to No. 11.

The Sooners beat Nebraska 30-3 on Saturday night, but it was probably their close calls the previous two weeks against Oklahoma State and Texas A&M that left the voters questioning Oklahoma's credentials.

The Sooners beat the Cowboys by three and the Aggies by seven, playing poorly on defense in each game.

Oklahoma is still No. 2 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll, just two points ahead of Auburn.

The next thing to change could be the Bowl Championship Series standings, which come out Monday.

The polls count for two-thirds of the BCS grades. Computer rankings make up the other third.

Auburn has been third behind USC and Oklahoma in the BCS the last two weeks.

USC is still a comfortable No. 1 in the AP Top 25 with 1,608 points and 51 first-place votes.

California is No. 4 and Utah is No. 5.

The unbeaten Utes moved up two key spots from No. 7, taking advantage of a loss by previously unbeaten Wisconsin and a closer-than-expected victory by Texas over Kansas.

Utah is trying to become the first team from a non-BCS conference to earn a bid to one of the four big-money bowl games. A sixth-place finish in the BCS standings will guarantee the Utes a place in the BCS.

Wisconsin dropped five places to No. 9 and Texas remained sixth.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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