October 5, 2009

Florida still No. 1 ahead of LSU game

Florida remains the top-ranked college football team in the USA Today Coaches' Poll but lost a tiny bit of voter support during its off week.

The Gators (4-0) have a key game Saturday at No. 4 Louisiana State (4-0) and the health of quarterback Tim Tebow, who suffered a concussion Sept. 26, is in question.

Florida's point total reflected a drop from first to second on one ballot, a first-place vote that apparently went to No. 3 Alabama (5-0). The Gators were listed first on 57 ballots, with the other first-place vote going to No. 2 Texas (4-0).

Miami (Fla.) (3-1) made the biggest move up this week, jumping from a tie for 21st to No. 11 with a 21-20 win over Oklahoma (2-2) that dropped the Sooners from eighth to No. 21.

Virginia Tech (4-1) is fifth with Boise State (5-0) in sixth, Southern California (4-1) in seventh, Ohio State (4-1) at No. 8, Texas Christian (4-0) in ninth and Cincinnati (5-0) completing the Top 10.

After Miami was No. 12 Penn State (4-1), Oklahoma State (4-1) in 13th, Iowa (5-0) up three spots to No. 14 and Kansas (4-0) in 15th.

Mississippi (3-1) is this week's No. 16 followed by, in order, Oregon (4-1), Missouri (4-0), Auburn (5-0) and Brigham Young (4-1). The Nos. 20-25 teams are: Oklahoma, Nebraska (3-1) Georgia Tech (4-1), South Florida (5-0) and Wisconsin (5-0).

Auburn, Georgia Tech, South Florida and Wisconsin are new to the list this week as Georgia, Houston, California and Michigan dropped out of the rankings.