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FSU SOLIDIFIES HOLD ON NO. 1 RANK

FSU is the consensus No. 1 team in the country, according to the latest Top 25 polls released Sunday after a wild weekend that saw a slew of ranked teams lose.

The Seminoles returned to the top spot in the USA Today coaches poll one week after Alabama bumped it from the top spot. FSU has been No. 1 in the Associated Press poll all season.

Auburn moved to No. 2 in both polls after routing visiting LSU 41-7 to match its highest point total in the rivalry.

After that, the two polls differed. Thursday through Saturday, five of the top eight teams in the AP poll lost for the first time since the poll was established in 1936.

In the AP poll, Mississippi and Mississippi State are tied for third, the first time they have been in the Top 5 together, and the best ranking for the Bulldogs ever. Mississippi State got two first-place votes. The Bulldogs host Auburn on Saturday, and the Rebels travel to No. 14 Texas A&M.

"The reward in the SEC of winning a huge game is you get another one next week," Bulldogs coach Dan Mullen said Sunday.

Arizona went from unranked to No. 10 in the AP poll, the largest jump into the poll since it went to 25 spots in 1989. The previous best was No. 13 Iowa on Sept. 27, 2009.

FLORIDA: The Gators host LSU on Saturday (7:30, SEC Network) with both teams entering unranked for the first time since 1989. UF coach Will Muschamp said Sunday no decision had been made about a quarterback starter after Treon Harris replaced Jeff Driskel late in the third quarter Saturday and sparked a rally past Tennessee.

FISHER DENIES DISPARAGING MANUEL: FSU coach Jimbo Fisher denied an ESPN report by Adam Schefter that he told scouts before the 2013 NFL draft that quarterback EJ Manuel lacks the skills to be a starter in the NFL. The report said Fisher called Manuel at best a third-round pick. Fisher said in a statement that Schefter did not talk to him to verify his report. "I never made those comments about EJ,'' Fisher said. "I spoke to Buddy Nix of the Buffalo Bills and told him EJ is an outstanding young man and player. He was the face of our organization and would be a great one for them."

ILLINOIS: Quarterback Wes Lunt broke his left leg Saturday and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Coach Steve Spurrier said there was no big secret to a 45-38 loss at Kentucky. "I'm not going to yell and scream," he said. "Everybody saw what happened. They scored more points than we did.''

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Late Saturday

PASSING RECORD: Washington State's Connor Halliday broke the NCAA passing record at all levels with 734 yards in a 60-59 loss to visiting Cal. Houston's David Klingler set the previous record of 716 in 1990.

UTAH 30, UCLA 28: Andy Phillips kicked a 29-yard field goal with 34 seconds left for the visiting Utes. The Bruins' Ka'imi Fairbairn missed a 50-yard field-goal try after a running-into-the-kicker penalty on his failed 55-yard attempt as time expired.

MICHIGAN ST. 27, NEBRASKA 22: Trae Waynes intercepted Tommy Armstrong's pass with 30 seconds left for the host Spartans, who led 27-3 after three quarters.

ARIZONA STATE 38, USC 34: Jaelen Strong caught a 46-yard touchdown pass from Mike Bercovici as time expired, and the visiting Sun Devils scored three touchdowns in the final 3:53.

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