Tue, Nov 02, 2004 - Page 20 News List

Florida State and Miami loosing favor after looses

AP , NEW YORK

Miami and Florida State tumbled in the AP 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.

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.

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.

Falling out of the rankings was Purdue, which lost its third straight, 13-10 at Northwestern.

Minnesota also dropped out after losing 30-21 at Indiana.

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