Monday, September 15, 2003

Buckeyes fall to No. 5



The Associated Press

Another close call dropped Ohio State even further in The Associated Press college football poll.

The defending national champion Buckeyes fell two spots to No. 5 in the poll released Sunday following their second straight close call, a 44-38 triple-overtime win over North Carolina State.

Ohio State, which has the nation's longest winning streak at 17 games, fell one spot last week after edging San Diego State 16-13.

Oklahoma and Miami remained in the top two spots in balloting by the panel of sports writers and broadcasters. The Sooners, who have been No. 1 all season, received 50 of the 65 first-place votes and 1,601 points. The Hurricanes got three firsts and 1,508 points.

Michigan, which got four firsts, moved up two spots to No. 3 - matching its highest ranking since winning a share of the national title in 1997 - following a 38-0 win over Notre Dame. The Irish fell from 15th to out of the poll.

Southern Cal remained fourth with two firsts, and Ohio State is fifth with the remaining six top votes.

AP Top 25

The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sept. 14, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:

RecordPtsPvs
1. Oklahoma (50)3-01,6011
2. Miami (3)3-01,5082
3. Michigan (4)3-01,4575
4. Southern Cal (2)3-01,4454
5. Ohio St. (6)3-01,4023
6. Kansas St.4-01,2487
7. Georgia3-01,2308
8. Virginia Tech2-01,1519
9. Pittsburgh2-01,06111
10. Florida St.3-01,05410
11. LSU3-099912
12. Tennessee2-095613
13. Texas1-16776
14. Arkansas2-0651-
15. Nebraska3-064718
16. Arizona St.2-064316
17. Florida2-160219
18. Iowa3-052123
19. Washington1-135221
20. TCU2-030922
21. Alabama2-1223-
22. Oregon3-0150-
23. Missouri3-0149-
24. Washington St.2-1141-
25. Purdue1-1122-
Others receiving votes: Notre Dame 120, Minnesota 105, N.C. State 91, N. Illinois 66, Bowling Green 58, Texas A&M 52, Virginia 50, Wisconsin 50, Colorado 49, Louisville 34, Wake Forest 33, Boise St. 26, Boston College 21, Colorado St. 14, Air Force 12, Texas Tech 10, South Carolina 8, Oklahoma St. 7, Oregon St. 6, Cincinnati 5, Maryland 5, UNLV 4.

USA Today/ESPN Top 25

The top 25 teams in the USA Today-ESPN college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, team's records through Sept. 14, points based on 25 points for a first-place vote, through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking:

RecordPtsPvs
1. Oklahoma (46)3-01,5511
2. Miami (Fla.) (8)3-01,4982
3. Southern Cal. (1)3-01,3974
4. Ohio State (7)3-01,3663
5. Michigan (1)3-01,3357
6. Kansas State4-01,2656
7. Georgia3-01,2178
8. Virginia Tech2-01,1239
9. Florida State3-01,03110
10. LSU3-098511
11. Pittsburgh2-093312
12. Tennessee2-089213
13. Texas1-17125
14. Iowa3-064819
15. Nebraska3-064118
16. Arizona State2-063716
17. Florida2-158720
18. Arkansas2-0420NR
19. TCU2-029823
20. Texas A&M2-024925
21. Washington1-120424
22. Oregon3-0185NR
23. Notre Dame1-114014
24. Minnesota3-0122NR
25. Washington State2-1116NR
Also receiving votes: Missouri 113; Virginia 103; Boise State 82; Wisconsin 72; North Carolina State 66; Air Force 53; Northern Illinois 50; Purdue 50; Colorado 49; Texas Tech 47; Colorado State 41; Louisville 37; Bowling Green 35; Boston College 26; Wake Forest 25; UCLA 19; Brigham Young 18; Oklahoma State 11; Auburn 5; Cincinnati 4; Clemson 4; Georgia Tech 4; Hawaii 3; Utah 3; Fresno State 1; Louisiana Tech 1; UNLV 1.




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