Fresno State moves to No. 11 in new poll

Posted: Monday, September 10, 2001

Fresno State is moving on up in the AP media poll.

The undefeated Bulldogs, with a rousing 32-20 win at Wisconsin, soared to No. 11 in The Associated Press Top 25 on Sunday, while Miami, Florida and Oklahoma remained 1-2-3 in the third poll of the regular season.

Last week, Fresno State (3-0) made its first appearance in the AP poll since 1993 at No. 19. This time the Bulldogs are ranked a second straight week for the first time since back-to-back No. 24s in 1990. In gaining its highest ranking ever, Fresno State also received one vote for No. 1

Miami, a 61-0 winner over Rutgers, strengthened its grip on the top spot in balloting by the 72 sports writers and broadcasters on the AP panel. The Hurricanes (2-0) had 40 first-place votes and 1,749 points. Florida (2-0), which beat Louisiana-Monroe 55-6, had 14 first-place votes and 1,715 points. Last week, Miami held a 16-point lead; this week the lead is 34 points.

Oklahoma (3-0), a 37-10 winner over North Texas, had 11 first-place votes and 1,638 points.

Nebraska and Texas flip-flopped for the second week in a row, with the Huskers (3-0) moving back to No. 4 and the Longhorns (2-0) dropping to No. 5. Nebraska beat Notre Dame 27-10, while Texas defeated North Carolina 44-14. The Huskers had two first-place votes; the Longhorns four.

Florida State (2-0) is No. 6 after a 29-7 win over UAB, followed by No. 7 Oregon, No. 8 Tennessee, No. 9 Virginia Tech and No. 10 Georgia Tech.

In the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll, Miami replaced Florida at No. 1, with the Gators second followed by Oklahoma, Nebraska and Florida State. Fresno State is No. 15 in the coaches' poll.

After Fresno State, Kansas State is No. 12 in the AP poll, followed by No. 13 Washington, No. 14 UCLA and No. 15 LSU.

Next Saturday features three games in the state of Florida among the top 13 teams -- Washington at Miami, Tennessee at Florida and Georgia Tech at Florida State.

Northwestern is No. 16, followed by No. 17 Mississippi State, No. 18 South Carolina, No. 19 Clemson, No. 20 Michigan, No. 21 Ohio State, No. 22 Oregon State, No. 23 Notre Dame, No. 24 BYU and No. 25 Louisville.

Wisconsin (1-2) and Georgia (1-1) dropped out, while BYU (3-0) and Louisville (3-0) are the newcomers to the Top 25.



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