NEW YORK -- The top two teams in the Big Ten are now the top
two teams in the country.
Michigan jumped to No. 2 in The Associated Press Top 25 on
Sunday to become the fifth team this season to hold the spot
directly behind top-ranked Ohio State.
Florida, which had been No. 2, dropped seven spots after losing
27-17 at Auburn. The Gators becomes the fourth No. 2 to lose,
joining Notre Dame, Texas and Auburn.
The Wolverines hopped over No. 3 Southern California to reach
their highest ranking since they were No. 1 in the final poll of
the 1997 season.
Michigan (7-0) won 17-10 at Penn State on Saturday night to stay
unbeaten. USC (6-0) also remained perfect, but struggled to do so
for the third straight week against an unranked opponent. The
Trojans needed a late touchdown to beat Arizona State 28-21 at the
Los Angeles Coliseum.
The Big Ten becomes the first conference in six years to have
the top two teams in the media poll. Nebraska and Kansas State of
the Big 12 were 1-2 in October, 2000.
The last time Big Ten teams held the top two spots in the AP
poll was 1985, when Iowa was No. 1 and Michigan was No. 2.
Ohio State and Michigan were Nos. 1 and 2 for two weeks in
September, 1976, but Bo Schembechler's Wolverines were on top of
Woody Hayes' Buckeyes back then.
This year, Jim Tressel's Buckeyes have been No. 1 since the
preseason. Their archrivals to the North have been making a steady
climb, starting the season at No. 14.
The Buckeyes and Wolverines play Nov. 18 in Columbus, Ohio.
In the USA Today coaches' poll, Ohio State is No. 1, but USC is
second and Michigan is third. West Virginia is fourth and Texas is
The coaches' poll is used in the Bowl Championship Series
standings, along with the Harris poll and computer rankings, to
determine which teams play in the national title game. The first
BCS standings were to be released later Sunday.
Unbeaten West Virginia moved up a spot to No. 4 in the AP's Top
25. Texas was No. 5 and unbeaten Louisville was sixth followed by
three Southeastern Conference teams -- Tennessee, Auburn and Florida
-- and No. 10 Notre Dame.
Big East rivals West Virginia and Louisville play Nov. 2.
Georgia, Iowa and Virginia Tech fell out of the rankings this
week after being upset. The Bulldogs lost to Vanderbilt for the
first time in 12 years, falling 24-22 between the Hedges. After two
consecutive losses, Georgia is unranked for the first time since
September, 2001, coach Mark Richt's first season.
No. 22 Boston College, which routed Virginia Tech 22-3 on
Thursday, No. 23 Texas A&M, which handed Missouri its first loss on
Saturday, and No. 25 Wake Forest moved into the Top 25.
The Demon Deacons are 6-1 for the first time since 1979 and
ranked for the first time since early in the 2003 season.
California was No. 11 in this week's rankings, followed by
Clemson, Georgia Tech, LSU and Arkansas.
No. 16 is Oregon with Nebraska, Boise State, Rutgers and
Oklahoma rounding out the top 20.
The final five are Wisconsin, BC, Texas A&M, Missouri and Wake