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Cavaliers solidify hold on top spot

Virginia is the clear choice as the No. 1 team in college football, but voters are split over who's No. 2. Auburn edged Notre Dame by one point for the runner-up spot in Monday's Associated Press poll. Nebraska is a close fourth, only 17 points behind Notre Dame.

Auburn (5-0-1) and Notre Dame (5-1) each climbed three spots after beating Top 10 opponents Saturday. The Fighting Irish beat Miami 29-20, and the Tigers downed Florida State 20-17. At the time, Miami was ranked second and Florida State seventh.

Nebraska (7-0), which has yet to play a ranked team, remained fourth after beating Oklahoma State 31-3.

For state schools, Miami (4-2) fell six notches to No. 8, and Florida State (4-2) fell five spots to No. 12. Florida moved up three spots to No. 14 after routing Akron.

Virginia (7-0) tightened its grip on the No. 1 spot, getting 45 first-place votes and 1,469 points from a nationwide panel of sports writers and broadcasters. The Cavaliers, who defeated Wake Forest 49-14, increased their first-place support by seven votes and widened their gap over the No. 2 team by 59 points.

Auburn received four first-place votes and 1,370 points, while Notre Dame got five first-place votes and 1,369 points. Nebraska received 1,352 points and was the No. 1 pick on five ballots.

Illinois (5-1) jumped three notches to fifth after edging Michigan State 15-13, and Houston (6-0), which got one first-place vote, moved up three places to sixth after a 44-17 rout of Southern Methodist. Washington (6-1) climbed six spots to No. 7 after stomping Stanford 52-16.

Idle Brigham Young (5-1) moved up three places to No. 9, and Colorado (6-1-1) climbed four spots to No. 10 after beating Kansas 41-10.

Tennessee (4-1-2) plunged eight places to 11th after losing to Alabama 9-6, and Texas rose six notches to 13th after clobbering Arkansas 49-17.

Iowa is 15th, followed by Georgia Tech, Mississippi, Wyoming, Clemson, Michigan, Southern Cal, Oklahoma, Arizona, Texas Christian and Oregon.

Iowa's 24-23 victory over Michigan (3-3) vaulted the Hawkeyes (5-1) seven spots to 15th and dropped the Wolverines 10 places to 20th. Michigan, which was No. 1 before losing to Michigan State on Oct. 13, has plummeted 20 places in two weeks _ the largest drop for a No. 1 team in recent memory.