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OU hits milestone No. 1 rank

After routing Charleston Southern to move to 2-0, EJ Manuel and FSU face their first challenge of the season when top-ranked Oklahoma visits Saturday in one of Doak Campbell Stadium’s biggest games.

Associated Press

After routing Charleston Southern to move to 2-0, EJ Manuel and FSU face their first challenge of the season when top-ranked Oklahoma visits Saturday in one of Doak Campbell Stadium’s biggest games.

NEW YORK — Oklahoma heads into Saturday's game at No. 5 Florida State as the first team to be ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press for the 100th time.

Notre Dame has 95 appearances as the No. 1 team in the AP poll, which began in 1936. Ohio State has 94 and Southern California has 90.

Oklahoma received 32 first-place votes and 1,441 points from the media panel. Alabama reclaimed the No. 2 spot.

Florida is No. 16. USF moved up two spots to No. 20 and made its season debut in the coaches poll at No. 22. One team remaining on USF's schedule is receiving votes — No. 18 West Virginia, which comes to Tampa for the regular-season finale on Dec. 1.

Defending national champion Auburn moved back into the rankings at No. 21, and Arizona moved back in at No. 22. Missouri and Penn State fell out.

FSU coach Jimbo Fisher is telling his players to enjoy the week of one of the biggest games in Doak Campbell Stadium history..

"It's why you're in the game," Fisher said. "Heck, if you don't want to do this, you need to go home. You need to find something else to do. Dadgum. This is what it's all about.

"This is the fun time. This isn't any time to get nervous. It's time to compete. You want to win and all that, but now it's time to lay it on the line and have fun."

Back to work, michigan: Brady Hoke led Michigan to a dramatic victory, beating Notre Dame with two touchdowns in the last 1:12, but he didn't spend much time enjoying it.

The NCAA-record crowd of 114,804 saw a slew of mistakes in the first prime-time game at the Big House.

Hoke got out of the stadium about 1:30 a.m. and went to sleep about two hours later. He refused to give into the buzz that left tens of thousands of fans in their seats long after the game ended just before midnight.

"We're a long way away," he said after getting off to a 2-0 start. "You're going to get sick of me saying that, but we are. The expectation for this program is way too high for us to think we're where we need to be."

The Wolverines stayed out of the AP poll, leading the unranked teams receiving votes.

The first game under the lights in Ann Arbor didn't lead to a spike in problems.

There were 14 arrests, most for disorderly conduct, seven citations, including four for bringing alcohol into the stadium, and 20 people were ejected, according to Diane Brown of the University of Michigan Department of Public Safety. She said the incidents were in line with a game that started at 3:30. One fan went into cardiac arrest and was hospitalized in critical condition.

"We're going to have another night game in the future," athletic director Dave Brandon said Sunday night. "It was a rousing success in terms of the way our fans embraced the opportunity and the fact that the number of shenanigans was at a normal level."

Minnesota coach improves: Gophers coach Jerry Kill showed improvement and was resting comfortably at a hospital after suffering a seizure late in Saturday's home loss. Team physician Pat Smith said tests have come back normal and further testing will continue as necessary. The violent seizure was due to medication related to Kill's kidney cancer, along with dehydration on a warm day, school officials said. Kill has had similar seizures in recent years and always made a full recovery.

colorado state: Starting linebacker Mychal Sisson is out indefinitely after undergoing surgery on his right ankle.

Georgia: The Bulldogs will try to recover from their first 0-2 start in 15 years after losing a second starting linebacker. Junior Christian Robinson hurt his foot Saturday and will miss at least two games. Last week, the team lost starter Alec Ogletree for four to six weeks with a broken foot. Options to replace Robinson include Jeremy Sulek, a senior walk-on, and junior Mike Gillard. The next two games are against Coastal Carolina and at Mississippi. "We will tweak a couple of things and be in good shape,'' coach Mark Richt said. "The future is still very bright."

Notre dame: After a last-second loss at Michigan dropped the Irish to 0-2, coach Brian Kelly said he still believes in his team. "We're shaping our team every single day," Kelly said. "All you guys care about and our fans (care about is) that it equals wins. But we're building it the right way. There are too many good things happening out there for us not to break through." The Irish are last nationally with 10 turnovers and 103rd with an average of 8.5 penalties a game.

Times staff writer Greg Auman contributed to this report, which used information from the Orlando Sentinel.

OU hits milestone No. 1 rank 09/11/11 [Last modified: Monday, September 12, 2011 12:31am]
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