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UM, Huskies split polls

Miami and Washington, last year's co-national champions, share the No. 1 spot again in this week's college football polls.

Washington edged Miami by one point in Sunday's Associated Press writers' poll, while the Hurricanes led the Huskies by one point in the USA Today-CNN coaches' survey.

Miami coach Dennis Erickson was matter-of-fact about the rankings.

"There's nothing much we really can do," he said. "All we can control is our own play, and we need to get better.

"I will say this: I thought before the season that if we were 5-0 at this point, beating Florida State and Penn State in back-to-back weeks, that we would probably be the best team in the country. And we've done that."

Washington coach Don James said he was "pleased we're still recognized as No. 1 in the AP poll. (But) I don't think coaches get as caught up in the polls as other people do. I think all this stuff will sort itself out in time."

Miami and Washington each received 30{ first-place votes in the AP poll. But the Huskies got one more point (1,517{-1,516{) because one voter _ columnist Corky Simpson of the Tucson (Ariz.) Citizen _ listed Alabama first, Washington second and Miami third. Another voter _ Bob Hudson of the Daily Herald in Provo, Utah _ split his first-place vote between Washington and Miami.

"I've studied Miami, and I don't think they should be No.

," Simpson said. "Washington isn't nearly as good as they were last year.

"I think if Alabama beats Tennessee (next Saturday), you'll see some others voting Alabama high, too."

In the USA Today-CNN poll, Miami outpolled Washington by two first-place votes (31-29) and one point (1,467-1,466).

Washington State, West Virginia and Kansas moved into the Top 25, while Oklahoma, UCLA, Ohio State and Cal dropped out.

Elsewhere

Virginia tailback Terry Kirby, the nation's leading rusher, likely will be out of action for three weeks after breaking his left shoulder blade in Saturday's loss to Clemson. Kirby has 884 yards in six games. Glyn Milburn returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown, and Stanford (5-1, 2-0) shut down UCLA (3-2, 0-2) almost completely as the Cardinal beat the Bruins 19-7 late Saturday in a Pac-10 contest. Safety Keith Caldwell picked up a fumble and returned it 86 yards for a touchdown, sparking Baylor (3-3, 2-1) to a 41-20 victory over TCU (1-3-1, 0-2) in Southwest Conference play in Fort Worth, Texas. Caldwell's return came with 1:10 left in the third quarter and TCU threatening to erase a 20-17 deficit.

TALE OF TWO POLLS

AP

Record Pts Pvs

1. Washington (30{) 5-0-0 1,517 1

2. Miami (30{) 5-0-0 1,516 2

3. Michigan 4-0-1 1,410 3

4. Alabama (1) 6-0-0 1,315 6

5. Texas A&M 5-0-0 1,308 5

6. Florida State 5-1-0 1,252 8

7. Colorado 5-0-0 1,142 9

8. Stanford 5-1-0 1,101 11

9. Penn St. 5-1-0 1,03 37

10. Georgia 5-1-0 958 12

11. Nebraska 4-1-0 905 14

12. Notre Dame 4-1-1 852 13

13. Tennessee 5-1-0 850 4

14. Syracuse 4-1-0 725 15

15. Mississippi St. 4-1-0 623 18

16. Georgia Tech 4-1-0 598 17

17. Virginia 5-1-0 541 10

18. Southern Cal 2-1-1 497 20

19. Clemson 3-2-0 377 25

20. Boston College 4-0-1 370 21

21. N. Carolina St. 5-2-0 273 25

22. Washington St. 5-0-0 209 _

23. Florida 2-2-0 180 23

24. West Virginia 3-0-2 132 _

25. Kansas 4-1-0 85 _

Others receiving votes: UCLA 82, Oklahoma 79, Texas 52, Arizona 40, California 34, San Diego State 29, Air Force 11, Ohio State 11, Mississippi 10, Wisconsin 9, Utah 7, Auburn 4, Hawaii 4, North Carolina 4, Illinois 2, Kansas State 2.

USA Today-CNN

Record Pts Pvs

1. Miami (31) 5-0-0 1,467 2

2. Washington (29) 5-0-0 1,466 1

3. Michigan 4-0-1 1,354 3

4. Texas A&M 5-0-0 1,280 4

5. Alabama 6-0-0 1,260 7

6. Florida State 5-1-0 1,154 8

7. Colorado 5-0-0 1,099 9

8. Nebraska 4-1-0 1,000 11

9. Penn State 5-1-0 974 5

10. Stanford 5-1-0 968 12

11. Georgia 5-1-0 859 13

12. Notre Dame 4-1-1 801 14

13. Tennessee 5-1-0 777 6

14. Syracuse 4-1-0 718 15

15. Georgia Tech 4-1-0 600 17

16. Virginia 5-1-0 575 10

17. Mississippi State 4-1-0 528 19

18. Boston College 4 -0-1 388 21

19. Clemson 3-2-0 344 22

20. North Carolina State 5-2-0 287 _

21. Washington State 5-0-0 231 _

22. Southern Cal 2-1-1 225 _

23. Florida -2-0 208 24

24. West Virginia 3-0-2 169 24

25. Kansas 4-1-0 168 _

Others receiving votes: UCLA 137, Oklahoma 136, California 70, Arizona 65, San Diego State 61, Air Force 31, Texas 25, Auburn 18, Ohio State 15, Utah 14, Hawaii 10, BYU 4, Wisconsin 4, North Carolina 3, Fresno State 2, Baylor 1, Bowling Green 1, Illinois 1, Iowa 1, San Jose State 1.

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