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PENN STATE SNEAKING UP ON LEADERS FLORIDA, NEBRASKA

While Florida and Nebraska battle for the top spot in the polls, Penn State is sneaking up on both of them.

BYU, No. 22 last week, fell out of the rankings after losing to Colorado State 28-21. Moving into the Top 25 was Indiana, which improved to 3-0 with a 59-29 win over Kentucky.The Nittany Lions, who were ninth in The Associated Press preseason poll, have climbed to No. 5 after three straight blowout victories. They received three first-place votes this week, an increase of one.

"Certainly, they played like they're No. 1 for the last three games," Iowa coach Hayden Fry said after his team was thrashed by the Nittany Lions 61-21 Saturday.

Penn State's average winning margin over Minnesota, Southern Cal and Iowa is 39 points. The Lions held 35-0 halftime leads in their first two games, and led Iowa 42-0 before the Hawkeyes crossed midfield.

It's been so easy that they aren't sure how they'll react in a close game.

"I want to see what we can do when it comes down to us playing in the fourth quarter," center Bucky Greeley said.

Top-ranked Florida increased its lead over No. 2 Nebraska after beating Tennessee 31-0, the Volunteers' worst home defeat in 70 years.

The Gators received 33 first-place votes and 1,507 points from a nationwide media panel. Nebraska, which defeated visiting UCLA 49-21, got 20 first-place votes and 1,490 points.

Nebraska is still No. 1 in the USA Today-CNN coaches' poll, but its lead over Florida was narrowed to six points.

Florida State, which downed Wake Forest 56-14, remained third in the AP poll with three first-place votes and 1,376 points. Idle Michigan held fourth with one first and 1,336 points.

Penn State is followed in the Top 10 by Miami, Colorado, Arizona, Notre Dame and Auburn. Miami and Arizona each got one first-place vote.

The Hurricanes, who were off Saturday, dropped one notch. Colorado stayed No. 7 after beating Wisconsin 55-17, idle Arizona moved up one place, Notre Dame fell one spot after rallying to beat Michigan State 21-20 and Auburn rose one place after defeating LSU 30-26. Alabama was No. 11, followed by Texas A&M, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Texas, Wisconsin, Washington, UCLA, Southern Cal, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Washington State, Tennessee, North Carolina State and Indiana.

Virginia Tech climbed four notches to No. 14 after beating Boston College 12-7.