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MICHIGAN EDGES INTO RANKINGS AT NO. 25

After a season on the outs, Michigan is back in the Top 25. The Wolverines, unranked all last season, were No. 25 in the Associated Press poll released Sunday.

Michigan defeated Notre Dame 38-34 Saturday. The Fighting Irish dropped from the rankings.

Florida remained No. 1 with 56 first-place votes. Texas is still No. 2, with one first-place vote. No. 3 Southern California received a first-place vote for the first time this season after freshman QB Matt Barkley and the Trojans scored a late touchdown to rally at Ohio State 18-15.

The Buckeyes' sixth straight loss to a top-5 team cost them three spots. They dropped to No. 11.

Oklahoma State took the biggest dive, 11 spots to No. 16, after losing at home to Houston. No. 21 Houston's last time in the AP poll was Sept. 15, 1991. That year quarterback David Klingler and the Cougars were 1-0 and ranked 10th but lost two in a row.

No. 7 BYU, which hosts unranked Florida State on Saturday, moved up two spots and has its best ranking in more than a decade. The Cougars finished the 1996 season No. 5.

Miami, which was off Saturday, remained No. 20.

DUKE: Thaddeus Lewis will start at quarterback against Kansas. Redshirt freshman Sean Renfree replaced Lewis and led the Blue Devils past Army on Saturday.

GEORGIA: Quarterback Joe Cox cleared up questions about his health, saying he has had a problem with his shoulder for about a year, there's nothing that can be done surgically and it doesn't affect his throwing. Coaches will hold him out of passing drills on Wednesdays for the rest of the season. ... Starting defensive end Roderick Battle is out for the season with a torn ACL in his left knee. A potential replacement: Sophomore Justin Houston returns from a two-game suspension.

NOTRE DAME: Coach Charlie Weis said he will send tape of calls in Saturday's loss to Michigan to the Big Ten office looking for answers. He said he wasn't using officials as a "scapegoat" but wants some calls explained, most notably a 41-yard screen pass for a TD that was called back after replay officials said Armando Allen stepped out on the 22. "I still haven't heard anyone tell me there's any evidence of Armando stepping out of bounds," he said. Also, receiver Michael Floyd needed 15 stitches after gashing his knee on the track behind the end zone, but he should be able to play Saturday against Michigan State, Weis said.

OHIO STATE: Quarterback Terrelle Pryor took the blame for the loss to USC. Pryor threw an early interception that led to a Trojans touchdown. Then he failed to rally an offense that mustered just 265 yards. "We should have beat them by two or three touchdowns. Easy, man," he said. "The ball just went the wrong way. We've got to punch it in offensively. It just comes down to me. I take the whole blame. We're going to fight, and we'll be back in it."

UCLA: Starting quarterback Kevin Prince will miss three to four weeks after breaking his jaw on a late sack for a safety during a victory at Tennessee.

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Late Saturday

NO. 17 UTAH 24, SAN JOSE ST. 14: Terrance Cain passed for 248 yards and hit Jereme Brooks for a go-ahead 51-yard score early in the fourth quarter, and the visiting Utes finally shook free for their 16th straight victory.

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Volleyball record set

LINCOLN, Neb. - Nebraska set an NCAA volleyball attendance record on the same day its 90-match home winning streak ended. A crowd of 13,870 was on hand at the Devaney Sports Center on Sunday for UCLA's five-set win over the Cornhuskers. That broke the NCAA regular-season, single-match record of 13,412, set last year when LSU visited Nebraska. The 18-25, 25-17, 25-22, 24-26, 15-7 loss was Nebraska's first at home since Florida A&M beat the Cornhuskers in 2004.

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