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AP Top 25 Poll
TCU rises to No. 3
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NEW YORK (AP) — TCU’s impressive victory over the weekend not only lifted the Horned Frogs to No. 3 in The Associated Press poll, it caused Auburn to move up behind top-ranked Oregon and Boise State to fall two spots to No. 4.
The Horned Frogs won 47-7 at Utah on Saturday in a matchup of unbeaten Mountain West Conference teams. With that thoroughly dominant performance, TCU drew so much support away from Boise State, it caused movement in the top four for the first time in three weeks.
Oregon received 49 first-place votes and 1,484 points, only three points less than last week. Auburn received the exact amount of first-place votes (two) and points as last week.
TCU received two first-place votes, same as last week, but jumped 41 points to 1,391. Boise State kept its seven first-place votes, but dropped 37 points to 1,366.
LSU is No. 5, up seven spots, and the highest-ranked team with one loss after the Tigers beat Alabama 24-21 on Saturday. The Crimson Tide fell six spots to No. 11.
The top five in the BCS standings, which use the coaches’ poll and Harris poll, was the same as in the AP poll.
The Southeastern Conference led all leagues with seven teams in the Top 25.
No. 6 Wisconsin, Stanford, Ohio State, Nebraska and Michigan State rounded out the top 10.
No. 25 Central Florida (7-2) is ranked for the first time in school history. The Knights have been playing I-A football since 1996.
UCF is a spot behind Florida, which re-entered the rankings this week after falling out three weeks ago for the first time since the final poll of the 2004 season.
The Sunshine State’s other two traditional powers, Florida State and Miami, are unranked. Florida State was one of three teams to drop out after a loss this week, joining ACC rival North Carolina State and Baylor.
No. 23 Texas A&M (6-3) moved into the rankings for the first time since early in the 2007 season by beating Oklahoma 33-19.
Alabama is followed in the second 10 by Oklahoma State, Iowa, Arkansas and Utah at No. 15. The Utes dropped nine spots after being routed by TCU, a loss that snapped their 21-game home winning streak.
No. 16 Virginia Tech is the only Atlantic Coast Conference team in the poll. No. 17 Mississippi State, Arizona, Oklahoma and Missouri finish off the top 20.
Nevada is No. 21 and No. 22 is South Carolina, which plays at Florida on Saturday for the SEC East championship.