College Football: Florida State slips back into poll
Bring on the big boys.
With a couple of easy wins tucked away over lower-division opponents, Florida State hopes it’s ready for folks its own size.
The Seminoles next challenge is a big one. No. 18 Wake Forest visits Saturday in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams with 2-0 records.
The Demon Deacons have defeated Baylor and Mississippi. Florida State has defeated Western Carolina and Chattanooga, both members of the smaller Football Championship Subdivision.
“I think we’re going to qualify for the I-AA playoff,” Florida State coach Bobby Bowden chuckled after the Seminoles routed Chattanooga 46-7 Saturday, a week after posting the school’s largest victory margin with a 69-0 rout of Western Carolina.
Southern California is now a no-doubt-about-it No. 1 in the AP Top 25, and there’s a new No. 2 as Georgia slipped again.
The Trojans’ resounding 35-3 victory against Ohio State on Saturday night made USC an overwhelming No. 1 in the media poll.
Oklahoma moved past Georgia into No. 2. Georgia is the first preseason No. 1 to drop that far after starting 3-0 since Oklahoma in 1985. The Sooners also fell to No. 3 after winning their first three games.
Ohio State dropped eight spots to No. 13.
No. 6 was LSU, followed by Texas, Wisconsin, Alabama and Auburn.
Clemson moved back into the rankings at No. 23.
Texas Tech is No. 11, followed by South Florida, Ohio State, BYU and Penn State. East Carolina slipped two spots to No. 16 after squeaking past Tulane 28-24 in its first game as a ranked team since 1999. Oregon was No. 17, followed by Wake Forest, Kansas and Utah.
The final five were West Virginia, Illinois, Clemson, Florida State and Fresno State, which lost 13-10 to Wisconsin.