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USC drops to No. 12 in latest AP Top 25 poll

September 20, 2009 | 10:48 am

USC paid a heavy price for its stunning 16-13 loss to Washington, dropping nine spots to No. 12 in today’s Associated Press college football poll.

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This week’s readjusted top five is: Florida, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi and Penn State.

California, a 35-21 winner at Minnesota, moved up one spot to No. 6. Rounding out the top 10 are Louisiana State, Boise State, Miami and Oklahoma.

Miami, which started the season unranked, made an 11-spot jump this week after beating Georgia Tech  on Thursday.

Equally stunning was the appearance at No. 24 of Washington, which is 2-1 this year after going winless in 2008.

Brigham Young, which was positioned to make a possible run to the BCS title game this season, fell 12 spots to No. 19 after a 54-24 loss to Florida State in Provo. That victory got Bobby Bowden’s Seminoles back in the AP poll, one spot ahead of BYU at No. 18.

The poll:

1.  Florida (55), 3-0 1,488 points (No. 1 last week)
2.  Texas (2), 3-0 1,428 (2)
3.  Alabama (3), 3-0 1,390 (4)
4.  Mississippi, 2-0 1,213 (5)
5.  Penn St., 3-0 1,212 (5)
6.  California, 3-0 1,169 (8)
7.  LSU, 3-0 1,120 (9)
8.  Boise St., 3-0 1,038 (10)
9.  Miami, 2-0 920 (20)
10.  Oklahoma, 2-1 862 (12)
11.  Virginia Tech, 2-1 852 (13)
12.  USC, 2-1 825 (3)
13.  Ohio St., 2-1 810 (11)
14.  Cincinnati, 3-0 739 (17)
15.  TCU, 2-0 674 (15)
16.  Oklahoma St., 2-1 478 (16)
17.  Houston, 2-0 455 (21)
18.  Florida St., 2-1 363 (unranked)
19.  BYU, 2-1 349 (7)
20.  Kansas, 3-0 347 (22)
21.  Georgia, 2-1 318 (23)
22.  North Carolina, 3-0 271 (24)
23.  Michigan, 3-0 247 (25)
24.  Washington, 2-1 194 (unranked)
25.  Nebraska, 2-1 132 (19)

Others receiving votes: Missouri 115, Georgia Tech 102, Auburn 100, Pittsburgh 91, UCLA 62, Iowa 39, Oregon 30, Texas Tech 19, Notre Dame 16, Utah 12, Clemson 11, Colorado St. 4, Oregon St. 4, South Florida 1.   

-- Chris Dufresne

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