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                === Oregon tops poll, 'Bama slips to fourth ===
 
 New  York,  NY (Sports Network)  - Oregon  has moved to  the top of the latest
 Associated  Press college football poll, while Alabama slipped to fourth after
 suffering its first loss of the season on Saturday against Texas A&M.
 
 Oregon,  Kansas State  and Notre Dame -- the three remaining unbeaten teams in
 major college football -- each picked up first-place votes from the nationwide
 media panel after coming away with road victories on Saturday.
 
 The Ducks, after a 59-17 rout of California, received 45 first-place votes and
 a  total of  1,485 points, while the  Wildcats, coming off a 23-10 win against
 TCU, earned 14 No. 1 tallies and 1,451 points. The Fighting Irish, following a
 21-6 triumph over Boston College, garnered just one top vote and 1,382 points.
 
 Alabama nearly pulled off a comeback at home against Texas A&M, but fell short
 when  A.J. McCarron's fourth-down pass was intercepted at the goal line in the
 final  minutes.  The Crimson  Tide wound  up with 1,259  points, just ahead of
 fellow SEC member Georgia, which wrapped up the SEC East title on Saturday and
 could face Alabama in the conference championship game.
 
 Ohio State, Florida, LSU, Texas A&M and Florida State complete this week's top
 10.  Texas A&M  vaulted six places from  15th, giving the powerful SEC five of
 this week's top nine teams in the poll.
 
 The  second 10 consists of Clemson, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Stanford, Oregon
 State,  Nebraska,  UCLA, Texas,  Louisiana Tech  and Louisville. The Cardinals
 entered  the  weekend unbeaten  and 11th  in the poll,  but tumbled nine spots
 after a 45-26 loss at Syracuse.
 
 Southern California, Rutgers, Michigan, Texas Tech and Kent State are the last
 five teams ranked this week. Michigan, which is tied with Texas Tech, has been
 in  and out of the poll all season and moved back in after a two-week absence,
 while Kent State is the latest Mid-American Conference team to get a chance.
 
 Kent  State earned some notoriety a few weeks ago by handing Rutgers its first
 loss  of the  season. The Golden Flashes  follow Ohio and Toledo as MAC ranked
 teams.  The Bobcats had a two-week stay in mid-October, while the Rockets were
 23rd last week and fell out after a loss to Ball State.
 
 Mississippi State also dropped out this week. The Bulldogs were 7-0 and ranked
 13th before suffering consecutive losses to Alabama, Texas A&M and LSU.
 
 The final Saturday before Thanksgiving includes only a pair of ranked matchups
 --  both  from the  Pac-12  with  conference championship  game  implications.
 Oregon's  first test as the top-ranked team will come at home against Stanford
 with  first place  in the North Division  on the line, while USC and UCLA will
 battle in the Rose Bowl for the South Division crown.
 
 
 
 11/11 12:50:14 ET

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