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Ohio St. drops to 5th in poll

Oklahoma remains nation's top-ranked team

Another close call dropped Ohio State even further in the Associated Press college football poll.

The defending national champion Buckeyes fell two spots to No. 5 in the poll released Sunday following their second straight close call, a 44-38 triple-overtime win over North Carolina State.

Ohio State, which has the nation's longest winning streak at 17 games, fell one spot last week after edging San Diego State 16-13.

Oklahoma and Miami remained in the top two spots in balloting by the panel of sports writers and broadcasters. The Sooners, who have been No. 1 all season, received 50 of the 65 first-place votes and 1,601 points. The Hurricanes got three firsts and 1,508 points.

Michigan, which got four firsts, moved up two spots to No. 3 — matching its highest ranking since winning a share of the national title in 1997 — following a 38-0 win over Notre Dame, the most lopsided ever in the storied rivalry. The Irish fell from 15th to out of the poll.

Southern Cal remained fourth with two firsts, and Ohio State is fifth with the remaining six top votes.

The top five in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll was Oklahoma, Miami, Southern Cal, Ohio State and Michigan.

Kansas State, Georgia, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh and Florida State round out the AP Top 10.

There was plenty of movement in the poll after seven ranked teams lost Saturday. Texas had one of the biggest drops, falling seven spots to No. 13 after a 38-28 loss to Arkansas. The Razorbacks debuted in the poll at No. 14.

LSU leads off the second 10, followed by Tennessee, Texas, Arkansas, Nebraska, Arizona State, Florida, Iowa, Washington and TCU.

Wisconsin plummeted from 14th to out of the poll after losing 23-5 to UNLV at home. Colorado, Wake Forest, N.C. State and South Carolina also dropped out.

Alabama made its first appearance in the Top 25 under new coach Mike Shula after a 27-17 win over Kentucky. The Crimson Tide are 21st, followed by fellow newcomers Oregon, Missouri, Washington State and Purdue.

The SEC leads all conferences with six teams in the poll, followed by five apiece for the Big 12 and Pac-10. The Big Ten has four and the Big East has three. Florida State is the only entry for the ACC.