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.