Sunday, October 14, 2012
K-State, Notre Dame move into top 5
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The top five in The Associated Press college football poll has been rearranged for a second straight week, with Florida, Kansas State and Notre Dame moving up in the rankings.
No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Oregon hold the top two spots for a fourth straight week. The changes came behind them, where the Gators move up one spot to No. 3, and the fourth-ranked Wildcats and fifth-ranked Fighting Irish both jump two places.
The top five teams in The Associated Press Top 25:
The shuffling comes after a second straight Saturday in which multiple top-five teams lost. South Carolina fell 23-21 at LSU on Saturday night and drops from No. 3 to No. 9.
LSU, which hasn't dropped back-to-back games since 2008, extended its school-record home winning streak to 22 games.
South Carolina (6-1, 4-1), meanwhile, was unable to extend its school-record 10-game winning streak, which dated to last season. The Gamecocks also seemed to lose a little of the swagger they had when they overwhelmed Georgia 35-7 the previous week.
West Virginia slides from No. 5 to No. 17 after getting routed 49-14 at Texas Tech. The Red Raiders move into the rankings at 18th.
Jumping into the No. 10 spot was Oklahoma, which routed Texas 63-21 only three weeks after their surprising home loss to Kansas State. The Longhorns fell all the way out of the Top 25 from No. 15.
Kansas State emerged from Saturday's hard-fought 27-21 win over Iowa State (4-2, 1-2) as the Big 12's only unbeaten team, both overall and in the conference, making them the unquestioned class of the conference.
Just don't tell coach Bill Snyder that.
"I'd like for us to have played better than we did across the board," Snyder said. "There were times we played extremely well ... but by the same token, we still had some issues."
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Kansas State's winning formula has been remarkably simple: Play sound, disciplined defense and let Collin Klein handle the offense.
Klein was brilliant again on Saturday, with 292 total yards and three rushing TDs against an Iowa State defense that entered the weekend ranked third in the Big 12 at less than 16 points allowed per game.
Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones says he sees a difference in the Sooners' approach, believing they are now "cutting loose" and playing the game freely.
Jones believes if the Sooners can harness how they played against Texas, "we can go however far we want to go."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.