Two Florida teams head in opposite directions

Miami sets record for most consecutive weeks at No. 1, struggling Florida drops out of Top 25

Posted: Monday, October 14, 2002

Miami has itself a record-setting streak -- most consecutive weeks ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll.

The Hurricanes, who extended the nation's longest winning streak to 28 games with a 28-27 win over Florida State, remained in the top spot Sunday for a record 19th straight poll.

In voting by the 74 sports writers and broadcasters on the AP panel, Miami received 65 first-place votes and 1,841 points.

Miami took over at No. 1 on Oct. 14, 2001, and remained there for the final 10 polls and won the national title. The Hurricanes (6-0) have been atop all nine polls this season, starting out as the preseason No. 1 pick.

Southern California and Miami were tied for most consecutive polls at No. 1. The Trojans were No. 1 for 14 weeks in 1972 and the first four weeks in 1973.

''It's amazing to be mentioned with the great teams of the past when you look at the teams on that list,'' Miami coach Larry Coker said. ''We don't emphasize the rankings each week but, of course, it's always great to be No. 1.''

With five games involving Top 25 teams Saturday, there was much shuffling in the rankings. The most significant moves were Iowa State cracking the top 10 for the first time at No. 9, and Florida dropping out after a run of 209 consecutive polls.

Florida (4-3), 36-7 losers to LSU, had taken over the longest-running poll streak from Nebraska, which fell out three weeks ago after a record run of 348 in a row.

The current leader is Michigan at 71 straight polls. The Wolverines moved up to No. 11 this week after a 27-24 overtime win against Penn State.

Oklahoma, with a 35-24 win over Texas, remained No. 2, while the Longhorns fell five places to No. 8. The Sooners received the remaining nine first-place votes and 1,776 points.

Virginia Tech, which beat Boston College 28-23 on Thursday night, moved up to No. 3, followed by Ohio State, Georgia, Oregon, Notre Dame, Texas, Iowa State and Washington State.

Auburn and Wisconsin also dropped from the Top 25, with Colorado, Alabama and Bowling Green the new additions, at Nos. 23-25, respectively.

Bowling Green (5-0) makes the Top 25 for the first time since Dec. 2, 1985.

The USA Today/ESPN coaches poll has the same top 5 as the AP poll.

Ten of the Top 25 teams are undefeated -- the top seven of Miami, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Georgia, Oregon, Notre Dame, along with No. 13 North Carolina State, No. 18 Air Force and Bowling Green.

The first BCS standings, which determine who plays in a national title game at the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 3, will be released next Monday, Oct. 21.

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