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BYU JUMPS TO NO. 9, HOPES UPSET OF OU BRINGS RECOGNITION

NEW YORK - BYU barged into the Top 10 of the Associated Press poll, making the biggest jump of any team from the preseason rankings after scoring the biggest upset of the opening weekend of the regular season.

The Cougars jumped 11 spots to No. 9 in the Top 25 released Tuesday, three days after they stunned Oklahoma 14-13 as three-touchdown underdogs.

"For the first time there were people at the airport to greet the team. About 2,000 people were out there when we got back," Cougars quarterback Max Hall said. "The overall atmosphere has been really cool and we're enjoying it."

Florida remained an overwhelming No. 1, receiving 56 of 60 first-place votes, two fewer than last week. Texas held steady at No. 2, with two first-place votes.

USC will be No. 3 when it visits No. 8 Ohio State on Saturday in one of the biggest nonconference games of the season.

No. 4 Alabama moved up one spot after its 34-24 victory against Virginia Tech and got two votes for No. 1.

BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said the Oklahoma victory should give a boost to the Mountain West Conference, which has been fighting for more access to the Bowl Championship Series.

"All we'd like to be is treated like everybody else," Mendenhall said. "And if it starts to show up in the polls, that's a great sign. Again, we're not looking to be given anything. We're just looking to earn our way to equal access and to be treated the same."

The AP media poll is no longer used in the BCS formula, but it still crowns its own champion.

BYU plays at Tulane on Saturday then its first home game on Sept. 19 against Florida State, one of three teams to fall out of the rankings this week. The Cougars have conference games left against TCU and Utah, ranked 16 and 17.

Oregon and Iowa fell out. Moving into the Top 25 were Miami, Cincinnati and Missouri.

OU LOSES TIGHT END: Jermaine Gresham, the Sooners' leading returning receiver, had arthroscopic surgery to determine the extent of the cartilage damage in his right knee and is out for the season.

FLU UPDATE: Flu-like symptoms have affected more than a dozen Mississippi players, including quarterback Jevan Snead. Some fevers have reached 103 degrees. The Rebels don't play this week. ... At least 10 Wisconsin players have flu-like symptoms, and coach Bret Bielema kept his players from attending a media availability to limit exposure. ... Georgia safety Makiri Pugh expects to play Saturday against South Carolina after recovering from swine flu.

OHIO STATE: Coach Jim Tressel said quarterback Terrelle Pryor included a tribute to Michael Vick on his face Saturday because "there's probably not a more compassionate human being in the world than Terrelle." Pryor said he loved Vick and didn't think the NFL quarterback was getting a fair shake from people critical of his role in a dogfighting ring. "I guess you'd have to know Terrelle like I know Terrelle," Tressel said. "He didn't mean to hurt anyone's feelings, to be insensitive to something that someone feels strongly about, that's just not him."

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