I-A College Football
               === Alabama stays No. 1, Notre Dame drops out ===
 New  York, NY  (Sports Network)  - Alabama  remained the  top team  in college
 football, keeping its lofty position in the latest Associated Press poll.
 Notre  Dame, which  lost  to the  Crimson  Tide in  last  year's BCS  National
 Championship game, tumbled out of the poll after a home loss to Oklahoma.
 Alabama  improved  to 4-0  with a  25-0 victory  over then-No.  21 Ole Miss on
 Saturday.  The  Crimson Tide received  55 first-place  votes -- one fewer than
 last week -- and a total of 1,495 points from a nationwide media panel.
 Oregon,  after a 55-16 rout of California, again picked up an extra No. 1 vote
 for a total of five and held on to the second spot, followed again by Clemson,
 Ohio State and Stanford.
 Georgia  moved up  three spots  to sixth  after a  44-41 win  over LSU,  which
 dropped  four spots  to  10th. Louisville,  Florida State  and  Texas A&M  are
 sandwiched between the SEC powers.
 The  second 10  consists  of Oklahoma,  UCLA,  South Carolina,  Miami-Florida,
 Washington,  Northwestern,  Baylor, Florida, Michigan and Texas Tech. Oklahoma
 moved up three spots after its 35-21 win in South Bend.
 Oklahoma  State,  Arizona State, Fresno  State, Ole  Miss and Maryland are the
 last  five  teams ranked.  Oklahoma State  tumbled 10 spots  from 11th after a
 30-21 loss at West Virginia.
 Arizona State and Maryland are this week's newcomers, replacing Notre Dame and
 Wisconsin,  the  latter losing at  Ohio State.  Arizona State improved to 3-1,
 following  up  a 42-28 loss at  Stanford last week  with a 62-41 home win over
 Southern  California on Saturday, a victory that ended the tenure of USC coach
 Lane Kiffin, while Maryland is 4-0 and was idle this weekend after a 37-0 rout
 of West Virginia last Saturday.
 The Terrapins will have a tough test in their first game as a ranked team this
 year  with  a visit to Florida  State next Saturday. Two other ranked matchups
 pit Ohio State at Northwestern and Stanford at home against Washington.
 09/29 12:32:24 ET

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