Buckeyes stronger No. 1 after crushing Iowa

NEW YORK -- Ohio State tightened its hold on No. 1.

Coming off another decisive victory over a ranked opponent, the
Buckeyes received a season-high 62 first-place votes in The
Associated Press Top 25 on Sunday.

Ohio State, No. 1 since the preseason, had 1,622 points in the
media poll after beating Iowa 38-17 on Saturday.

With none of the teams in the top 10 losing last week, the first
10 spots in the poll were unchanged. No. 2 was Auburn followed by
Southern California, West Virginia, Florida and Michigan at No. 6.

Auburn received one first-place vote, down one from last week, and
West Virginia got two-first place votes. USC, which had two
first-place votes in last week's Top 25, had none in the latest

Auburn, which escaped with a 24-17 win at South Carolina last
Thursday, increased its lead on USC by six points to 28. The
Trojans also had a close call on the road, beating Washington State
28-22. Auburn beat Washington State at home 40-14 to open the

Texas, LSU, Louisville and Georgia rounded out the top 10.

Two of the Southeastern Conference's four top 10 teams will meet
Saturday, when No. 5 Florida hosts No. 9 LSU.

In the USA Today coaches' poll, No. 1 Ohio State was followed by
USC at No. 2 and Auburn at No. 3. West Virginia was fourth and
Florida fifth.

In the Harris poll, Ohio State, USC and Auburn took the top
three spots. Michigan followed at No. 4 and West Virginia and
Florida are tied for fifth.

The Harris and coaches' polls are used in the Bowl Championship
Series standings, along with computer rankings. The first BCS
standings of the season will be released Oct. 15.

Iowa and Virginia Tech were the only ranked teams to lose on
Saturday. Their first setbacks of the season sent the Hawkeyes and
Hokies tumbling in the poll.

Virginia Tech took the biggest plunge, falling 10 spots to No.
21 after a 38-27 loss at home to Georgia Tech. The victory helped
the Yellow Jackets move up six spots to No. 18, their highest
ranking since early in the 2005 season.

Iowa dropped six spots to No. 19 after losing at home to the

Previously unbeaten TCU, which was No. 17 last week and riding a
13-game winning streak that was the nation's longest, fell out of
the latest rankings. The Horned Frogs were beaten 31-17 at home by
BYU last Thursday night.

Oregon leads off the second 10 with Notre Dame at No. 12,
followed by Tennessee, Oklahoma and Clemson. No. 16 is California
and Florida State is 17th, followed by Georgia Tech and Iowa.

Undefeated Boise State (5-0) is No. 20, just ahead of Virginia
Tech and Nebraska. Two more 5-0 teams follow with Missouri at No.
23 and Rutgers at No. 24. Boston College, which has been in and out
of the poll, is back in at No. 25.