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Vols drop out of Top 25; top three unchanged

Tennessee has gone from preseason No. 3 to not even receiving a
vote in The Associated Press Top 25.
The Volunteers (3-4) fell from the rankings Sunday for the first
time in three years after losing 16-15 to South Carolina and old
nemesis Steve Spurrier.
No. 1 Southern California, No. 2 Texas and No. 3 Virginia Tech,
all 8-0, hold the top three spots in the media poll for the sixth
straight week. USC received 57 of 65 first-place votes, adding two
from last week, and extending its record streak at No. 1 to 28
straight polls. The Trojans beat Washington State 55-13 on Saturday
Texas received eight first-place votes, down two from last week,
after having to rally from a 19-point deficit to beat Oklahoma
State 47-28.
Doug Segrest of The Birmingham News in Alabama started the
season with USC No. 1, switched to Texas for three weeks and went
back to the Trojans this week.
"I think it's so close you have to evaluate them on a
week-by-week basis," he said. "It's that close and I don't think
Virginia Tech is all that far behind -- and remember where I'm
calling from."
Unbeaten Alabama (8-0) moved up a spot to No. 4 but UCLA, the
other 8-0 team, is No. 7 behind a couple of once-beaten squads in
the Top 25.
Miami, which plays at Virginia Tech on Saturday, is No. 5 and
LSU is sixth.
The Bruins rallied in the fourth quarter for the fourth time
this season and beat a Stanford 30-27 in overtime. UCLA has its
highest rankings since October on 2001.
Notre Dame is No. 8, followed by Florida State and Penn State.
In the USA Today coaches' poll, the top seven is the same as the
AP poll with USC, Texas, Virginia Tech, Alabama, Miami, LSU and
UCLA.
Tennessee becomes the sixth team ranked in the AP preseason top
15 to fall out of the rankings at some point this season. The
others are Michigan, Oklahoma, Iowa, Louisville and Purdue.
The last time the Volunteers dropped out of the rankings was
Nov. 3, 2002. That season was very similar to this one for the
Vols. Tennessee started the 2002 season No. 5 in the country and
ended it unranked.
Georgia fell seven spots out of the AP top 10 to No. 11 after
losing 14-10 to Florida without starting quarterback D.J. Shockley.
The Bulldogs still control their destiny in the Southeastern
Conference race.
Ohio State is No. 12, Florida moved up three spots to No. 13 and
Wisconsin is No. 14.
The Badgers play at Penn State on Saturday with first-place in
the Big Ten on the line.
Oregon is 15th followed by Texas Tech, Auburn, West Virginia,
Boston College and TCU.
The final five are Fresno State, Michigan, California, Colorado
and Louisville. The Buffaloes and Cardinals moved back into the
rankings this week, as Northwestern fell out along with Tennessee.