Alabama, Ohio State a stronger 1-2

clear no. 1: Alabama and running back Trent Richardson solidify their top ranking with a home win over Penn State.

Associated Press

clear no. 1: Alabama and running back Trent Richardson solidify their top ranking with a home win over Penn State.

NEW YORK — The combination of impressive victories by Alabama and Ohio State and a stunning loss by Virginia Tech led to Boise State losing all but one of its first-place votes in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.

The Broncos remained No. 3, behind the top-ranked Tide and No. 2 Buckeyes on Sunday, but the gap widened. Alabama received 52 first-place votes and 1,466 points. Ohio State had five first-place votes and 1,410 points. Boise State had one and 1,306.

Oregon jumped two spots to No. 5 after routing Tennessee.

Michigan, which won at Notre Dame, moved into the rankings at No. 20.

After Boise State beat Virginia Tech on Sept. 6, the Broncos received eight first-place votes from the media panel and were 13 points behind Ohio State.

But Virginia Tech lost again Saturday, to Division I-AA James Madison, the Buckeyes beat Miami, the Tide beat Penn State and the top of the poll again resembles the start of the season.

Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel in Indiana was the lone voter to keep Boise State No. 1.

"I still think Virginia Tech is a good team and will make a bowl," DiPrimio said. "Alabama and Ohio State haven't been tested on the road like that."

The coaches' top five was Alabama, Ohio State, Boise State, Texas and TCU. FSU was one of three ACC teams to fall out of the poll this week, joining Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech. The Hokies are unranked for the first time since Nov. 30, 2008.

James Madison received 11 points, landing on the ballots of Ray Ratto of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area in California and Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News.

auburn: Coach Gene Chizik said starting left tackle Lee Ziemba's right knee injury doesn't appear to be serious.

Georgia: Coach Mark Richt will plan to be without A.J. Green for a third straight week, but he's hoping the NCAA shortens the star receiver's suspension this week. The NCAA ruled last week Green must sit out four games to regain his eligibility after selling a game jersey for $1,000. Richt said he hopes the NCAA will hear an appeal to shorten the suspension Tuesday.

houston: Quarterback Case Keenum is day to day with symptoms of a concussion after a blow to the head Friday.

MISSOURI: Former captain Derrick Washington was arrested again. The Boone County Sheriff's Department says the permanently suspended tailback as charged early Sunday with suspicion of third-degree domestic assault, a misdemeanor. He posted $1,000 bond. He was charged in August with sexually assaulting a former tutor.

Notre Dame: Coach Chip Kelly criticized himself for the preparation of backup quarterbacks Tommy Rees and Nate Montana. The Irish lost to Michigan, faltering after a head injury idled starter Dayne Crist. "I have to get those two kids ready," Kelly said. "We're going to have to do some things a little differently to make sure they've got a package they can handle. That was too much for them."

oklahoma: Coach Bob Stoops said everything checked out for running back Brennan Clay, who was released from the hospital after he was carted off against FSU. It's unclear how long he will be sidelined.

south carolina: Five Georgia sacks of Stephen Garcia upset coach Steve Spurrier, who said freshman tailback Marcus Lattimore (182 yards) likely won't have the same success against Alabama and Florida. "We've got to get better in the passing game," Spurrier said.

Late Saturday

USC 17, Virginia 14: Matt Barkley threw first-half touchdowns to Jordan Cameron and Brandon Carswell, and the Trojans hung on in Lane Kiffin's home head coaching debut. Bark­ley passed for 202 yards and USC overcame long stretches of offensive struggles with a smothering defense. It recovered a late onside kick to seal it.

Stanford 35, UCLA 0: Andrew Luck threw two touchdowns and safety Michael Thomas scored on a 21-yard fumble return to lead the Cardinal to its victory at the Rose Bowl since 1996.

Alabama, Ohio State a stronger 1-2 09/12/10 [Last modified: Monday, September 13, 2010 1:05am]

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