Florida State leads AP's Top 25 poll
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NEW YORK -- Florida State is the new No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll, followed by Ohio State at No. 2 and No. 3 Auburn, which shook up the national title race by upsetting Alabama on Saturday.
The Crimson Tide had been No. 1 since the preseason as they pursued a third consecutive national championship. But Alabama was stunned at Auburn, losing 34-28 on the last play of the game.
That cleared the way for the Seminoles to be No. 1 for the first time since Oct. 1, 2000, the season after their most recent national title. Florida State received 58 first-place votes Sunday, while Auburn received the other two.
Ohio State received 1,418 points, while Auburn had 1,387.
Alabama fell to No. 4 with 1,294 points, just 13 ahead of No. 5 Missouri, which will play Auburn for the Southeastern Conference title.
The AP poll is not used in the formula that determines the BCS standings, which will be released Sunday at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. The BCS standings are made up by combining the averages of three factors: the USA Today coaches' poll, the Harris poll, and an average of six computer ratings. Each factor counts for one-third in the BCS calculations.
The coaches' poll and the Harris poll both have the same top 5 as the AP, but Auburn made major gains on Ohio State in both BCS polls.
The coaches gave Ohio State four first-place votes, with Florida State earning the rest. But Auburn closed the gap on Ohio State for the No. 2 spot in the coaches' poll by 84 percent from last week -- the Buckeyes only lead Auburn by 25 points.
In the Harris poll, Ohio State leads Auburn 2,488 to 2,422, a decrease of 74 percent from last week. Ohio State had five first-place votes in the Harris poll, while Auburn had three.
In last week's BCS standings, Ohio State had the No. 3 computer ratings, while Auburn was fourth. The win over No. 1 Alabama, however, could vault the Tigers past the Buckeyes in the computer ratings. With the slimmer margins in the polls, the computers may be enough to make Auburn No. 2 in the BCS when the standings are revealed.
Missouri, which won the SEC East without playing Alabama, trailed Ohio State by 147 points in the coaches' poll, Auburn by 122, and Alabama by 18.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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