UPDATE: Rebels drop in polls

NEW YORK — After a weekend in which four top-10 teams lost, The Associated Press college football poll received a major makeover.

No. 1 Florida, No. 2 Texas and No. 3 Alabama held their places in the media poll released Sunday, but 15 teams moved up or down at least three spots.

LSU is up to No. 4 after barely avoiding an upset at Mississippi State on Saturday. No. 5 Boise State is in the top five for the first time in the regular season.

No. 6 Virginia Tech, No. 7 Southern California and No. 9 Ohio State are back in the top 10. Cincinnati moved up four spots to No. 10, the best ranking in school history.

No. 13 Iowa and No. 16 Oregon both jumped back into the rankings after beating top-10 teams. Georgia Tech also moved back into the rankings. Falling out were Florida State, North Carolina and Washington, which followed its upset of USC with a 34-14 loss at Stanford on Saturday.

Florida (4-0) had no problem beating Kentucky, but lost quarterback Tim Tebow to a concussion late in the third quarter of its 41-7 victory. Florida is off this week before playing at LSU on Oct. 10. Florida received 55 first-place votes.

For the second consecutive week the Southeastern Conference has three of the top four teams in the country, with LSU replacing Ole Miss. The last conference to have three of the top four in the AP poll was the Big Eight in 1971, when Nebraska, Oklahoma and Colorado were Nos. 1, 2 and 3.

Texas received one first-place vote and 1,420 points. Alabama had four first-place votes, one more than last week, and 1,400 points.

The Gators, Longhorns and Crimson Tide are the only preseason top-10 teams that have not lost a game. Six times already this season a team ranked in the top 10 has lost to an unranked team.

A volatile weekend for highly ranked teams began Thursday night in South Carolina, when the unranked Gamecocks beat then-No. 4 Ole miss. Ole Miss fell 17 spots to No. 21.

And that was only the second-largest drop by a ranked team this week.

After California was routed 42-3 by Oregon on Saturday, the Bears fell 18 spots from No. 6 to No. 24. Cal hosts USC on Saturday.

Penn State also lost its first game Saturday, falling 21-10 at home to Iowa. The Nittany Lions fell 10 spots to No. 15.

Virginia Tech’s 31-7 victory against Miami, boosted the Hokies five spots and sent the 17th-ranked Hurricanes tumbling eight spots in the new rankings.

Miami faces No. 8 Oklahoma at home on Saturday.

TCU is up four spots to No. 11, followed by another potential BCS buster, undefeated Houston.

Georgia and Kansas are tied for No. 18 and BYU is No. 20.

No. 23 Michigan, which needed a late rally and a controversial call to go its way to beat Indiana 36-33, was the only team outside the top three to hold its spot in the new poll.

AP Top 25 poll
The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sept. 26, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:
Record Pts Pvs
1. Florida (55) 4-0 1,490 1
2. Texas (1) 4-0 1,420 2
3. Alabama (4) 4-0 1,400 3
4. LSU 4-0 1,225 7
5. Boise St. 4-0 1,203 8
6. Virginia Tech 3-1 1,190 11
7. Southern Cal 3-1 998 12
8. Oklahoma 2-1 979 10
9. Ohio St. 3-1 957 13
10. Cincinnati 4-0 946 14
11. TCU 3-0 896 15
12. Houston 3-0 844 17
13. Iowa 4-0 788 —
14. Oklahoma St. 3-1 591 16
15. Penn St. 3-1 470 5
16. Oregon 3-1 462 —
17. Miami 2-1 452 9
18. Georgia 3-1 418 21
18. Kansas 4-0 418 20
20. BYU 3-1 349 19
21. Ole Miss 2-1 340 4
22. Michigan 4-0 271 23
23. Nebraska 3-1 256 25
24. California 3-1 206 6
25. Georgia Tech 3-1 185 —

Others receiving votes: Missouri 175, Auburn 171, South Carolina 154, South Florida 145, UCLA 41, Utah 25, Wisconsin 20, Notre Dame 7, Arizona St. 4, North Carolina 2, Stanford 2.

USA Today Top 25 Poll
The USA Today Top 25 football coaches poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sept. 26, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th and previous ranking:
Record Pts Rk
1. Florida (58) 4-0 1,474 1
2. Texas (1) 4-0 1,410 2
3. Alabama 4-0 1,364 3
4. LSU 4-0 1,226 7
5. Boise State 4-0 1,144 8
6. Virginia Tech 3-1 1,091 12
7. Southern California 3-1 1,081 10
8. Oklahoma 2-1 1,055 9
9. Ohio State 3-1 1,036 11
10. TCU 3-0 928 14
11. Cincinnati 4-0 848 15
12. Oklahoma State 3-1 665 16
13. Penn State 3-1 627 4
14. Georgia 3-1 616 17
15. Houston 3-0 539 23
16. Kansas 4-0 508 19
17. Iowa 4-0 462 NR
18. Ole Miss 2-1 424 5
19. California 3-1 356 6
20. Michigan 4-0 304 22
21. Miami (Fla.) 2-1 298 13
21. Brigham Young 3-1 298 20
23. Missouri 4-0 295 21
24. Nebraska 3-1 242 24
25. Oregon 3-1 198 NR

Others receiving votes: Georgia Tech 186; South Floria 117; Auburn 103; South Carolina 92; Wisconsin 53; Utah 40; UCLA 27; Notre Dame 23; Stanford 20; North Carolina State 8; North Carolina 7; Florida State 4; Arizona 2; Minnesota 2; Rutgers 1; Texas A&M 1.

Ralph D. Russo/The Associated Press