| ||Sunday, November 7|
|After a stunning home loss to
unranked Minnesota, Penn State slipped six spots to eighth in
the latest ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll, released Sunday.
With Penn State's loss, idle Florida State (9-0) picked up 13 more first-place votes and solidified its hold on the top spot. The Seminoles, who were idle, received 57 of 59 first-place votes from the coaches and 1,472 points overall.
Virginia Tech (8-0) barely escaped Saturday with a 22-20 win over West Virginia on a last-second field goal by Shayne Graham, but moved up a spot to No. 2 with one first-place vote and 1,394 points.
ESPN's College Gameday will be in Blackburg, Va. next Saturday for the Hokies' game against No. 19 Miami in a Big East showdown.
Tennessee (7-1), Florida (8-1) and Kansas State (9-0) complete the top five, each benefiting from Penn State's loss.
Tennessee, which rolled to a 38-14 rout of Notre Dame on Saturday, received the other first-place vote and has 1,333 points.
Florida survived a surprisingly tough 13-6 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday and Kansas State defeated Colorado, 20-14.
Nebraska (8-1) made the biggest jump in the top 10, rising from ninth to sixth after an impressive 37-0 rout of Texas A&M, which fell five spots to No. 23.
Mississippi State (8-0), which edged Kentucky 23-22 on Thursday night on a last-second field goal, is seventh followed by Penn State.
A 32-yard field goal by Dan Nystrom on the final play lifted Minnesota to a 24-23 win over the Nittany Lions, damaging their championship hopes. Meanwhile, Minnesota (6-3) cracked the top 25, entering at No. 21.
Georgia Tech (6-2) took the biggest tumble following a 45-38 loss at Virginia, falling from seventh to 14th.
Wisconsin (8-2) and Texas (8-2) round out the top 10.
Unbeaten Marshall (9-0) is 11th followed by Brigham Young (8-1), Alabama (7-2), Georgia Tech, Michigan (7-2), Georgia (6-2), Michigan State (7-2), Mississippi (7-2), Miami (5-3) and Southern Mississippi (6-3).
Mississippi rose five spots to 18th after a 38-16 victory over Arkansas, which dropped out of the top 25.
Along with Minnesota, Washington (6-3) entered the poll at No. 22 and Boston College (6-2) moved in at No. 25.
East Carolina (7-2) slipped seven spots to No. 24 following a 36-17 loss to Alabama-Birmingham.
Ohio State (6-4) and Purdue (6-4) dropped out of the poll after conference losses to Michigan State and Wisconsin, respectively.
ESPN/USA Today poll
Virginia Tech takes Penn State's spot at No. 2 in AP poll
College football Top 25 overview