Notre Dame is a top-10 team for the first time in three years,
and Southern California has matched Miami for the longest stay at
No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25.
Charlie Weis' Fighting Irish are No. 10 in the AP media poll
released Sunday, jumping 10 spots after upsetting Michigan 17-10 on
Saturday to improve to 2-0.
"I think too many times rankings are based off of reputation,
not off what really happens," Weis said Sunday when asked if he
thought he had a top-10 team. "So maybe if you go by what you see,
maybe the answer is yes. I'm not there to judge that."
Weis is the first Notre Dame coach since Knute Rockne in 1918 to
win his first two games on the road, helping the Fighting Irish to
their highest ranking since they were seventh in late November
In 2002, Tyrone Willingham's first season as coach, Notre Dame
started 8-0 and reached as high as No. 4 in the AP poll before
finishing 17th in the final poll. The Fighting Irish started the
2003 season ranked 20th, but were out of the poll for good by Sept.
14. They were ranked 24th twice in 2004.
Southern California now has been No. 1 for 21 straight polls, a
run that dates back to late in the 2003 season and matches the
record set by Miami from 2001-2002.
USC was idle this week, and Texas' impressive 25-22 win at Ohio
State helped the Longhorns make up some ground on the Trojans.
USC received 56 of 64 first-place votes, down from the 61 it had
last week. Texas pulled in eight first-place votes, up from four in
the first regular-season poll.
"I was just so impressed with Texas coming into Ohio State and
playing as well as they did," said Doug Harris of the Dayton Daily
News, who moved the Longhorns past USC. "In covering Ohio State
for six years, I haven't seen team speed quite like that. The only
team that I can compare it to is Miami the year Ohio State played
them in the national championship game."
No. 3 LSU moved up two spots on the strength of a dramatic 35-31
win at Arizona State. The game was moved from Baton Rouge to Tempe
to accommodate the recovery efforts for Hurricane Katrina going on
in Louisiana's capital city.
Virginia Tech is No. 4, the Hokies' highest ranking since Oct.
19, 2003. Tennessee will be No. 5 when it plays at No. 6 Florida
next Saturday. It'll be the first time since 2002 the Vols and
Gators will both be in the top 10 when they play.
No. 7 Georgia and No. 8 Florida State are followed by Ohio State
and Notre Dame in the top 10.
In the USA Today coaches' poll, Southern California, Texas and
LSU are the top three. Tennessee and Virginia Tech are tied for
fourth and Georgia is sixth.
In the AP poll, Michigan dropped 11 spots to No. 14 as the upper
echelon of the Big Ten took a hit on Saturday. The Big Ten went
into the weekend with three teams in the top 10, but now has one.
Ohio State fell five spots to No. 9 after losing to Texas, and
Iowa tumbled 14 spots to No. 22 after a 23-3 loss to Iowa State.
The Hawkeyes played most of the game without quarterback Drew Tate,
who left with a concussion but is expected to be back in the lineup
No. 11 Louisville is followed by Purdue and Miami. Then come
Michigan and California, ahead of No. 16 Georgia Tech, Boston
College, Arizona State, Texas Tech and Clemson.
Oklahoma dropped three more spots to No. 21 after struggling for
three quarters to beat Tulsa. It's the Sooners' lowest ranking
since they were No. 24 in October 1999. Iowa is 22nd, followed by
Fresno State, Iowa State and Virginia at No. 25.
A week after jumping into the poll at No. 22 by upsetting
Oklahoma, TCU is out of the rankings after SMU knocked off the
Horned Frogs, 21-10.
Iowa State is the lone new team in the rankings. The Cyclones
were last ranked in October 2002.