Oregon takes top spot in poll for first time

Oregon has ascended to the top of the

Associated Press
football poll for the first

The Ducks (6-0) were idle this weekend and moved up one spot to
the top of the

rankings after Ohio State’s loss to Wisconsin on Saturday. It
marks the second

straight week with a new No. 1 team, as Ohio State had
supplanted Alabama last

week after the Crimson Tide lost to South Carolina.

Oregon received 39 first-place votes and a total of 1,471 points
from a

nationwide media panel. The Ducks will play as the top-ranked
team for the

first time at home on Thursday against UCLA.

Boise State (6-0) also moved up one spot to second after a 48-0
rout of San

Jose State, while Oklahoma (6-0) vaulted three places to
third on the heels of

a 52-0 thumping of Iowa State. TCU (7-0) remained fourth
despite a 31-3 win

over BYU and Auburn (7-0) jumped up two places to fifth after
a 65-43 slugfest

win over Arkansas.

The top four teams all garnered first-place votes. Boise State
received 15,

while Oklahoma and TCU each picked up three.

LSU, Alabama, Michigan State, Utah and Wisconsin round out this
week’s top 10.

Michigan State moved up five places from 13th, while
Wisconsin vaulted eight

places following its 31-18 win over Ohio State.

The Buckeyes tumbled 10 spots to 11th this week and are followed
by Stanford,

Iowa, Nebraska, Arizona, Florida State, Oklahoma State,
Missouri, South

Carolina and West Virginia.

Nebraska and South Carolina each plummeted nine places from last
week. The

Huskers were fifth last week, but dropped a 20-13 decision at
home against

Texas, while the Gamecocks failed to follow up on their upset
of Alabama and

blew an 18-point lead in a 31-28 setback at Kentucky.

The last five teams ranked this week are Arkansas, Texas,
Virginia Tech,

Mississippi State and Miami-Florida. Arkansas dropped nine
places from 12th

after the shootout loss to Auburn, while the remaining four
teams are all new

to this week’s poll.

Texas returns to the poll after a two-week absence, while
Virginia Tech is

also back after starting the season as the 10th-ranked team
and opening the

campaign with losses to Boise State and James Madison.
Mississippi State is

ranked for the first time this season after a 10-7 win at
Florida on Saturday

and Miami-Florida returns after dropping out last week.

Florida, Nevada, Oregon State and Air Force dropped out of this
week’s poll.

The Gators have lost three in a row and are unranked for the
first time in 89

weeks. Nevada was surprised in Hawaii, while Oregon State
lost in double-

overtime at Washington and Air Force fell at San Diego

Four games next week will feature matchups of ranked teams,
including two from

the Big 12. Oklahoma will visit Missouri in a battle of
unbeatens, while

Oklahoma State will host Nebraska. The SEC has its usual
matchup of ranked

teams as Auburn welcomes LSU and a Big Ten tussle will pit
Wisconsin at Iowa.