Miami, Florida St. sent south

Posted: Monday, November 01, 2004

Miami and Florida State tumbled in The Associated Press poll on Sunday, falling out of the top 10 after being upset on the road.

The Hurricanes' first loss of the season, a 31-28 defeat at North Carolina, dropped them seven spots to No. 11 in the media poll. They were one of five ranked teams to lose on the road to unranked opponents Saturday.

The Seminoles lost 20-17 at Maryland to snap a six-game winning streak. They fell eight spots to No. 13.

Southern California is No. 1 and Oklahoma is No. 2 for the 10th straight poll. Texas-El Paso is No. 25 as coach Mike Price has the Miners in the rankings for the first time in their history.

USC received 56 first-place votes and 1,616 points after a 42-12 victory at Washington State. The Sooners got eight first-place votes, five less than last week, and 1,556 points after squeaking by Oklahoma State 38-35 on Saturday.

The Sooners are back on the road next week at Texas A&M.

''It is another big game and an important game in the Big 12,'' Sooners coach Bob Stoops said.

Texas A&M was upset 35-34 in overtime to Baylor and fell six spots to No. 22.

No. 3 Auburn (8-0) received a first-place vote. California moved up three spots to No. 4, its highest ranking since 1952, and Wisconsin (8-0) is No. 5.

Rounding out the first 10 are Texas, Utah, Georgia, Tennessee and Michigan.

The top five teams in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll are Southern California, Oklahoma, Auburn, Wisconsin and Georgia.

The Bowl Championship Series releases its standings Monday, with USC and Oklahoma expected to remain first and second, respectively.

In the AP poll, No. 12 Virginia is right behind Miami and in front of Florida State.

No. 14 is Louisville, followed by West Virginia, unbeaten Boise State, LSU, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma State and Iowa.

Joining Texas A&M and UTEP in the final five are No. 21 Southern Mississippi, No. 23 Arizona State and No. 24 Boston College, which is making its season debut in the rankings.

Price's Miners (6-2) are in the midst of one of the best turnarounds of the season. They clinched just their second winning season in the last 16 years with a 38-20 win over San Jose State and matched their victory total for the three previous seasons combined.

Falling out of the rankings were Purdue, which lost its third straight, 13-10 at Northwestern, and Minnesota, which lost 30-21 at Indiana.

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