Not surprisingly, Southern California tops the list

Sept. 25, 2005


College Football Recap: Week 4




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No. 4 Va. Tech Crushes 15th-Ranked GT | USF Stuns No. 9 Louisville
Minnesota Upends No. 11 Purdue In Two OTs | No. 12 Miami Stymies Buffs


------------ Top 25 Game Recaps ------------ -------- SATURDAY -------- No. 1 USC 45, Oregon 13 No. 4 Va. Tech 51, No. 15 Ga. Tech 7 No. 5 Florida 49, Kentucky 28 No. 7 Georgia 23 Mississippi State 10 No. 8 OSU 31, No. 21 Iowa 6 South Florida 45 No. 9 Louisville 14 Minn. 42, No. 11 Purdue 35 (2 OT) No. 12 Miami 23, Colorado 3 Wisconsin 23, No. 14 Michigan 20 No. 16 Notre Dame 36, Washington 17 No. 17 MSU 61, Illinois 14 No. 18 Arizona St. 42, Oregon St. 24 No. 19 Texas Tech 63 Indiana State 7 No. 20 Alabama 24, Arkansas 13 No. 23 Virginia 38, Duke 7 --------- FRIDAY ----------- No. 13 Cal 41, New Mexico State 13 No. 22 Iowa State 28, Army 21 ----------
RALPH D. RUSSO
AP Sports Writer

The winningest team in the history of college football team is unranked for the first time in more than seven years.

Michigan fell out of The Associated Press Top 25 on Sunday, ending a streak of 114 straight weeks in the rankings, which was the longest in the nation. The last poll that didn't include the Wolverines was Oct. 18, 1998.

Southern California extended its streak of No. 1 rankings to 23 in the latest media poll. The Trojans picked up two first place-votes after wiping out an early 13-point deficit and blowing out Oregon 45-13 on Saturday, a win that knocked the Ducks out of the rankings.

The Wolverines lost at Wisconsin 23-20 to fall to 2-2. Michigan's two wins came against Northern Illinois and Eastern Michigan of the Mid-American Conference. The Wolverines other loss was to Notre Dame. Michigan started the season ranked No. 4.

The Wolverines' fall comes a week after another traditional power, Oklahoma, fell from the rankings for the first time since 1999.

No. 9 Miami now has the longest current streak at 93.

USC received 59 of a possible 65 first-place votes. No. 2 Texas received the other six first-place votes.

Virginia Tech moved up a spot to No. 3 after a 51-7 romp over Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets fell 10 spots to No. 25. LSU, which plays Tennessee on Monday night, dropped a spot to fourth.

The Volunteers remained No. 10, and voters will next week have to judge them and the Tigers on two games. Tennessee plays Mississippi in Knoxville on Saturday and LSU is at Mississippi State.

No. 5 is Florida, followed by Florida State and Georgia.







The seventh-ranked Bulldogs give the Southeastern Conference four top-10 teams for a second straight week.

Ohio State, one of five ranked teams in the Big Ten is No. 8. But Iowa, considered the league's other power team in the preseason, joined Michigan by dropping from the rankings for the first time this season. The Hawkeyes lost 31-6 at Ohio State.

No. 17 Wisconsin and No. 18 Minnesota from the Big Ten moved into the rankings for the first time this season. Michigan State moved up six spots to No. 11.

The unbeaten Gophers beat Purdue 42-35 on overtime, and the Boilermakers fell 11 spot in the rankings to No. 22.

Purdue's tumble wasn't as far as Louisville's. The 24th-ranked Cardinals dropped 15 spots after a stunning 45-14 loss to South Florida as the two former Conference USA members played their first Big East game.

No. 12 California is followed by Notre Dame and Arizona State, and No. 15 Alabama gives the SEC five teams in the Top 25.

No. 16 Texas Tech is followed by Wisconsin, Minnesota, No. 19 Virginia and No. 20 UCLA.

Boston College rejoined the rankings at No. 21. The Eagles fell out for a week but moved back in with a win over Clemson. No. 23 Iowa State dropped a spot after surviving a scare at Army.