LSU closer No. 2 in polls; Appalachian State gets 19 points

NEW YORK -- LSU is closing in on Southern California in the
AP Top 25, and Appalachian State is getting some recognition -- but
not a ranking.

After a surprisingly easy and thoroughly impressive victory over
Virginia Tech, No. 2 LSU took 19 first-place votes from No. 1 USC
in the poll released Sunday.

The Trojans were idle Saturday while the Tigers routed the
Hokies 48-7 in Death Valley. USC received 40 first-place votes from
the media panel, down from 59 last week, and 1,619 points.

LSU received 25 first-place votes and 1,582 points.

Appalachian State, a week after pulling off a stunning upset at
Michigan, received 19 points, not nearly enough to be ranked but it
got a spot between Auburn (23 points) and Cincinnati (12 points) in
the list of others receiving votes.

"That's great," Appalachian State Jerry Moore said Sunday when
reached in his office. "It's good for I-AA football. There's not
any of us that's going to be in the top 10 in the nation but it's
good for us periodically to get the recognition.

"That's just good coffee shop talk."

The Mountaineers, who play in Division I's Championship
Subdivision (formerly I-AA), became eligible for the Top 25 when
The Associated Press changed it policy last week to allow voters to
vote for teams from all divisions of college football.

Appalachian State, which beat Division II Lenoir-Rhyne 48-7,
appeared on four ballots and got a 13th-place vote from Dave Goren
of WXII-TV in Winston-Salem, N.C.

"I might have put them a little high this week because they
weren't eligible last week," Goren said.

"I've seen them play several times and I know how good they
are. When people were calling it the biggest upset of all time
I thought that did a disservice to a very good program."

While USC and LSU held their places at the top of the poll,
Oklahoma moved up two spots into third while West Virginia slipped
a spot to No. 4 and lost its first-place vote to the Tigers.

Defending national champion Florida was No. 5. The Gators face
their first test Saturday when they play No. 22 Tennessee in
Gainesville, Fla.

No. 6 Texas, Wisconsin, California, Louisville and Ohio State
rounded out the top 10.

Virginia Tech fell out of the top 10, sliding nine spots to No.
18 after getting pounded by LSU. Georgia also took a big drop,
falling 12 spots to No. 23 after losing 16-12 to South Carolina.

The Gamecocks were one of three teams moving into the rankings
this week, coming in at No. 17. Oregon, which beat Michigan 39-7,
was No. 19, and Boston College was No. 21.

Auburn, TCU and Boise State dropped out of the Top 25 after
their first losses of the season.

The second 10 started with UCLA, followed by Penn State, Rutgers
and Nebraska, which hosts USC on Saturday.

Georgia Tech was No. 15 and Arkansas, South Carolina, Virginia
Tech, Oregon and Clemson rounded out the top 20.

Boston College, Tennessee, Georgia, Texas A&M and Hawaii were
the final five. Both Texas A&M and Hawaii had to go to overtime on
Saturday to remain unbeaten.