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Florida State Seminoles move to No. 3 in AP poll; Florida Gators move to No. 10

Florida State moved past LSU to No. 3 in the Associated Press poll Sunday, the Seminoles' best ranking since they were No. 3 in the first week of November 2003.

Alabama was the unanimous No. 1. Florida, which was off, moved to No. 10 and hosts No. 4 LSU on Saturday. The Tigers fell one spot after a second straight lackluster win, over Towson.

The Seminoles, who beat USF 30-17 at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday, have the most manageable schedule among teams that look like national title contenders. The ACC has only one other ranked team, and the Seminoles have already dispatched Clemson. They do have to play at Miami (Oct. 20) and Virginia Tech (Nov. 8) and finish the season against UF. The ACC Championship Game could match FSU with the Hurricanes or Hokies.

The Pac-12 has six teams in the Top 25. The last time the Pac-12 was so well represented in the AP poll was Sept. 15, 2002.

Baylor became the first team to score 63 points and fall out of the rankings. Washington moved in at No. 23. No. 24 Northwestern is ranked for the first time since the last regular-season poll of the 2008 season.

With Boise State falling out, there are no teams from outside the BCS automatic-qualifying conferences in the poll.

AUBURN: Receiver Quan Bray was suspended indefinitely after he was arrested during a traffic stop on the University of West Georgia campus and won't play Saturday against Arkansas. Police said he was stopped Thursday for playing loud music, and officers realized he was driving on a limited permit. They found an open bottle of alcohol in the car. Police say Bray hadn't been drinking. He is charged with loud music and possession of alcohol under 21, and a driver's permit violation.

Miami: Offensive lineman Ben Jones, who impressed coaches the past two games, will miss Saturday's game against No. 9 Notre Dame in Chicago because of a foot injury. It's the start of a three-game series, with home-and-home meetings in 2016 and 2017. UM has lost six of its past seven games against Top 10 teams, but quarterback Stephen Morris says he has been waiting for this game since his freshman season: "It's going to mean a lot to me and my family. It's going to mean a lot for this program. So we're going to make sure that we're ready for this game."

MICHIGAN STATE: Center Travis Jackson (broken leg) is likely out for the season.

OKLAHOMA state: After taking another look at the replays, coach Mike Gundy still has questions about Texas running back Joe Bergeron's winning touchdown Saturday night. Gundy said the first thing he did Sunday morning was look back over film of the play from the previous night. "I think he fumbled," Gundy said. "I don't know what else to say." Officials ruled on the field Bergeron scored on a 2-yard run with 29 seconds left, giving the Longhorns a 41-36 victory. Oklahoma State safety Daytawion Lowe came out of a pileup with the ball, but the initial ruling was upheld after an instant replay review.

Late Saturday

ALABAMA 33, MISS. 14: Amari Cooper caught two touchdown passes from AJ McCarron and Christion Jones returned a kickoff 99 yards for a score, leading the host Tide. Alabama trailed briefly, 7-6, for the first time in regulation since last year's Tennessee game, a span of nine-plus games. It took the Tide 15 seconds to reclaim the lead. Alabama's off week comes at a good time. Receiver DeAndrew White and tailback Dee Hart sustained knee injuries. White was carted to the locker room and was on crutches later. Cornerback Deion Belue missed the second half with a shoulder injury; he should be okay.

OREGON 51, WASH. STATE 26: De'Anthony Thomas and Kenjon Barner sandwiched touchdown runs around Avery Patterson's 34-yard interception return for a score, and the visiting Ducks pulled away with a third-quarter scoring blitz.

oregon st. 38, Arizona 35: Sean Mannion threw for a career-high 433 yards and hit Connor Hamlett on a 9-yard pass with 1:09 left for his third touchdown, lifting the visiting Beavers in a game filled with big plays and 1,158 yards of combined offense.

Florida State Seminoles move to No. 3 in AP poll; Florida Gators move to No. 10 09/30/12 [Last modified: Sunday, September 30, 2012 11:51pm]
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