BYU Jumps 11 Spots In AP Top 25 After Upset
Sept. 8, 2009
NEW YORK (AP) - BYU jumped 11 spots to No. 9 and Alabama received two first-place votes Tuesday in the first regular-season AP Top 25.
The Cougars pulled the biggest upset of the opening weekend of the college football season, beating Oklahoma 14-13 on Saturday. Sooners Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford was knocked out of the game with a shoulder injury late in the first half. Oklahoma dropped 10 spots from No. 3 to No. 13.
Florida was still an overwhelming No. 1, receiving 56 of 60 first-place votes. 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. The Trojans moved up a spot this week and the Buckeyes fell two after withstanding a strong test from Navy and winning 31-27.
No. 4 Alabama moved up one spot after its 34-24 victory against Virginia Tech and convinced two voters to pick them as the top-ranked team in the country.
BYU is no stranger to the Top 10. The Cougars were ranked as high as eighth last season. They travel to New Orleans to face Tulane on Saturday before playing their first home game on Sept. 19 against Florida State.
Moving into the rankings were Miami, Cincinnati and Missouri. Oregon, Florida State and Iowa fell out.
No. 5 Oklahoma State moved up four spots after an impressive 24-10 victory against Georgia. The Cowboys have their best ranking since October 1985. The loss dropped the Bulldogs eight spots to No. 21.
No. 6 Mississippi, No. 7 Penn State and No. 10 California round out the Top 10.
LSU was No. 11 and No. 12 Boise State moved up two spots after beating Oregon 19-8 on Thursday.
No. 13 Oklahoma figures to be without Bradford, its star quarterback, for at least two weeks. That shouldn't be a problem this week. The Sooners host Idaho State.
Virginia Tech's opening loss dropped the Hokies seven spots to No. 14.
No. 15 Georgia Tech, was followed by BYU's Mountain West Conference rivals, TCU and Utah.
Notre Dame's 35-0 victory against Nevada helped the Fighting Irish climb five spots to No. 18.
North Carolina was No. 19 and Miami moved into the poll at No. 20.
The Hurricanes played one of the most exciting games of the opening weekend Monday night, beating rival Florida State 38-34 in Tallahassee.
Iowa dropped out of the rankings after needing two blocked field goals in the final seconds to defeat Northern Iowa 17-16.
Cincinnati, the defending Big East champions, are the first team from the conference to be ranked this season. The Bearcats started their season Monday with a 47-15 road victory against Big East rival Rutgers.