Florida State regains ranking



Florida State regained the top spot in The Associated Press media poll on Sunday while Nebraska became No. 1 in the CNN-USA Today coaches’ poll, creating a possible national title game at the Orange Bowl.

The Seminoles (10-1) got 33 of 61 first-place votes in the AP poll after routing North Carolina State 62-3 Saturday night. The Cornhuskers (10-0), who were off, got 20 first-place votes.

Notre Dame, which had taken over the top spot last week after a 31-24 victory over Florida State, tumbled to fourth following Saturday’s 41-39 loss to Boston College.

Nebraska, which plays No. 16 Oklahoma (8-2) on Friday, already has clinched the Big Eight title and a New Year’s night game in Miami. Florida State, which closes its regular season Saturday against No. 7 Florida (9-1), figures to be the Cornhuskers’ opponent if both teams win their remaining games.

Florida State, which had led the AP poll all season before losing to the Irish, got 1,471 points from the AP pollsters, 16 more than the Cornhuskers.

One voter, Loren Tate of the Champaign (Ill.) News-Gazette, resigned from the poll Sunday for personal reasons.

Auburn (11-0), ineligible for postseason play because of NCAA sanctions, moved up to third from sixth with six first-place votes and 1,369 points. The Tigers’ season concluded Saturday with a 22-14 victory over Alabama.

Notre Dame (10-1) was fourth with one first-place vote and 1,334 points, and West Virginia (10-0) moved up from ninth to fifth following a 17-14 victory over Miami, which had been No. 4. The Mountaineers got one first-place vote and 1,320 points.

Tennessee (8-1-1) moved up a spot to sixth, followed by Florida (9-1), Texas A&M (9-1), Miami (8-2) and Wisconsin (8-1-1).

Nebraska was No. 1 in the bowl coalition poll, a combination of the two surveys, with a 68-point lead over Florida State. West Virginia was 162 points behind the Seminoles and was followed by Auburn.

In the coaches’ poll, Nebraska took over the top spot with 43 first-place votes and 1,528 points, followed by the Seminoles, who got 11 firsts and 1,444 points.

West Virginia was third with seven first-place votes and 1,433 points, followed by Notre Dame with one first and 1,342 points. Auburn is ineligible for votes in the coaches’ poll because of the NCAA sanctions.