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Boise State gains ground, UF drops

More AP Top 25 voters are buying into Boise State as the No. 1 team in the country.

Fewer were impressed by another team in blue and orange — Florida.

Boise State gained seven first-place votes and closed in on No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Ohio State as the top three stayed out in the first regular-season Associated Press football poll, released Tuesday.

The Broncos remained third after Monday's 33-30 victory over Virginia Tech. Boise State, still at its highest ranking ever, received eight first-place votes and 1,399 points from the media panel, 13 points behind the Buckeyes. Ohio State received four first-place votes.

Alabama had 47 first-place votes, down seven, and 1,484 points. The AP poll isn't part of the formula for the Bowl Championship Series standings.

TCU of the Mountain West rose two spots to No. 4. For the first time since the BCS began in 1998, two teams from conferences without automatic bids are in the top five.

Kellen Moore hit Austin Pettis for a 13-yard touchdown with 1:09 remaining to win it for Boise State. BSU won a game which, through technically at a neutral field at the Washington Redskins' home in Landover, Md., was basically a road game, about 270 miles from Virginia Tech's campus.

Florida dropped four spots to No. 8 after a sloppy 34-12 victory against Miami (Ohio). No. 10 Oklahoma fell three after beating Utah State 31-24.

Falling out of the top 25 were Oregon State, Pittsburgh and North Carolina. Moving in were No. 20 Utah, No. 24 South Carolina and No. 25 Stanford.

Bush trophy dashed?

Yahoo Sports reported that 2005 Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush is expected to be stripped of the award by the end of the month. The Heisman Trust, which awards the trophy, denied the story. The former USC running back, whom the NCAA ruled illegally received gifts, would become the first player in the award's 75-year history to have it taken away. The report said the award would be left vacant. Heisman Trust executive director Robert Whalen told AP: "I can tell you the Heisman Trophy trust has made no decision'' on Bush.

WYOMING COPING: Wyoming coach Dave Christensen says his team is trying to maintain routine to help players cope with the death of a teammate in a car accident and prepare for Saturday's game against No. 5 Texas. "We think it will help the kids get their mind on something different at different points of time throughout the day," Christensen said. Freshman linebacker Ruben Narcisse, 19, of Miami, died in a wreck Monday after he and several UW teammates visited friends in Fort Collins, Colo., over the weekend. Another Cowboys player, Christian Morgan, 18, had surgery on his elbow. During recruiting, Narcisse visited USF in January with his close friend and teammate, fellow linebacker Hans Louis, who is now a USF freshman.

LEAGUE MOVES: Cal Poly and Cal Davis are joining the Big Sky Conference for football only, league commissioner Doug Fullerton said. Both schools now compete in the Great West for football but belong to the Big West Conference for the majority of their sports. A timeline for the move was not set.

ARKANSAS: Cornerback Seth Armbrust (left knee) is out for the season.

ILLINOIS: Defensive lineman Michael Buchanan was indefinitely suspended after being arrested on suspicion of drunken driving early Sunday.

STANFORD: Tight end Levine Toilolo (torn ACL, right knee) is out for the season.

Basketball

Kentucky recruit Enes Kanter got more than $100,000 in cash and benefits while with a pro team in Turkey, the club's general manager told the New York Times. Nedim Karakas, the GM for Fenerbahce Ulker, said the team handed over banking and housing records to the NCAA.

Boise State gains ground, UF drops 09/07/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 4:13pm]
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