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Hokies take No. 2 spot in poll news services

 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.

LaVar Arrington
LaVar Arrington lies on the ground as teammates Derek Fox and Anthony King (19) try to console him.

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

Associated Press poll

College football Top 25 overview