USC No. 1, Irish return to Top 25

Oklahoma's opening day loss sent the Sooners tumbling from the top 10 of The Associated Press poll for the first time in almost four years, Auburn stumbled all the way out of the rankings while it only took Charlie Weis one game to get Notre Dame back in.

And of course, Southern California is still No. 1.

USC has been No. 1 for 20 straight polls dating back to late in the 2003 season, leaving the Trojans one short of the record set by Miami from 2001-2002. USC received 61 of 65 first-place votes in the poll released Tuesday. No. 2 Texas got the other four first-place votes.

The 18th-ranked Sooners dropped 11 spots in the AP media poll after a 17-10 loss at home to TCU Saturday. The last time Oklahoma, which has played in the last two Bowl Championship Series title games, wasn't in the top 10 was Dec. 2, 2001.

"Sometimes it concerns you that when you have won for a period time, the players start thinking you have a right to win," Sooners coach Bob Stoops said. "You have to earn it every play, and I say that every week. We didn't go out there and do it last week, and TCU played harder and tougher than we did."

Auburn, coming off an undefeated season and No. 2 final ranking, had its 15-game winning streak snapped by Georgia Tech, 23-14. After starting the season ranked 16th, the Tigers have now been relegated to "others receiving votes."

Ray Ratto of The San Francisco Chronicle, who also writes for ESPN.com, was one of eight voters to drop Oklahoma and Auburn out of the first regular-season poll.

"I have a real hard time looking at a team that's 0-1 and keeping them in the poll," he said. "I don't think you get points for losing your opener.

"When they get back to 4-1 and 5-1 they'll be back in."

Weis' first game as Notre Dame coach was a rousing success as the Irish beat Pittsburgh 42-21. They'll go into this week's game against Michigan ranked 20th. The Irish had two one-week stints in the rankings last season, both times at No. 24.

TCU and Georgia Tech were rewarded for their upsets by the pollsters.

The Yellow Jackets are No. 17 and the Horned Frogs are No. 22. Clemson also moved into the rankings at No. 25. The Tigers knocked Texas A&M out of the Top 25 with a last-second 25-24 victory.

Michigan is No. 3 and Ohio State, which hosts Texas on Saturday, is No. 4.

No. 5 LSU held steady as its opener with North Texas was postponed because of Hurricane Katrina. The Tigers will make an unscheduled road trip this week, playing at No. 15 Arizona State. The game was moved from Tiger Stadium to avoid interfering with the recovery efforts in Baton Rouge, La.

No. 6 Tennessee dropped three spots after having trouble with UAB in a 17-10 win.

No. 7 Virginia Tech, is followed by Iowa, Georgia and Florida in the top 10.

Georgia's 48-13 romp over Boise State sent the Broncos out of the rankings after they were in the preseason poll for the first time.

The second 10 starts with Florida State, 10-7 winners over Miami on Monday night. The Hurricanes dropped five spots to No. 14.

Louisville is No. 12, though the Cardinals lost the one first-place vote they received in the preseason after holding off a late Kentucky rally in a 31-24 victory.

No. 13 is Purdue and California is No. 16.

In between Oklahoma and Notre Dame is No. 19 Boston College.

Texas Tech is No. 21, Virginia is No. 23 and Fresno State is 24.