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Courtesy of Tigers, Lions return to No. 1

The Lions are No. 1 again, courtesy of the Tigers.

Penn State regained the top spot in The Associated Press' Top 25 college football poll on Sunday following the LSU Tigers' 28-21 upset of Florida on Saturday night.Falling out of the poll was Brigham Young (3-2), a 27-14 loser to Rice.

The Gators (5-1), who took over the top spot from Penn State on Sept. 21, tumbled to No. 7, while the Lions (5-0) were the solid choice for No. 1.

Penn State, a 31-27 winner over Ohio State, received 51 first-place votes and 1,724 points from the 70 sports writers and broadcasters who vote in the poll.

"We're pleased to be No. 1," Penn State coach Joe Paterno said. "We had a good win against a fine Ohio State team, but there's a lot of football left to play."

Nebraska (5-0), which beat Baylor 49-21, moved up to No. 2 with 14 first-place votes and 1,668 points.

Florida State (5-0), a 51-27 winner over Duke, was No. 3 with three first-place votes and 1,603 points.

North Carolina (6-0) collected two first-place votes and 1,521 votes after its 30-12 win over Wake Forest.

Only four teams received first-place votes this week, down from nine in the preseason poll.

Auburn (6-0) was No. 6, followed by Florida, LSU, Tennessee and Washington. Florida is at Auburn on Saturday. LSU (5-1) improved six places from No. 14 to No. 8.

Ohio State (5-1) fell four places to No. 11, followed by Michigan State, Washington State, Texas A&M, Iowa, Oklahoma State, UCLA, Air Force, Georgia, Kansas State, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Stanford.

The top five in the USA Today/ESPN poll were Penn State, Nebraska, Florida State, North Carolina and Michigan.

Florida's big drop is not unprecedented. Last season, Nebraska fell from No. 1 to No. 8 following a 19-0 loss to Arizona State.

Conspicuous by its absence from the Top 25 was Colorado (2-3), which dropped out for the first time since 1988 - a span of 143 consecutive polls, second to Nebraska's streak of 266 straight. Oklahoma State beat the Buffaloes 33-29 on Saturday.

The Seminoles now have the second-longest consecutive polls streak at 140.

West Virginia (5-1) beat Maryland 31-14 and made the Top 25 for the first time this season at No. 23, while Wisconsin (6-1) beat Illinois 31-7 and made it for the first time since the preseason poll.

The SEC has four teams in the Top 10 - Auburn, Florida, LSU and Tennessee.