West Hawaii Today - - Sports - BY RALPH D. RUSSO

Mi­ami is back at No. 2 in The Associated Press col­lege foot­ball poll , the Hur­ri­canes’ best rank­ing since 2003.

The un­de­feated Hur­ri­canes leaped five spots from No. 7 af­ter rout­ing Notre Dame on Satur­day night. Alabama re­mained No. 1, where it has been since the pre­sea­son, get­ting 57 first-place votes. Mi­ami re­ceived the other four first­place votes.

Ok­la­homa moved up to two spots to No. 3, jump­ing Clem­son, which re­mained No. 4. Un­beaten Wis­con­sin moved up a spot to No. 5.

Three matchups of top-10 teams on Satur­day pro­duced lop­sided vic­to­ries for the home teams, in­clud­ing Mi­ami over Notre Dame. The Ir­ish dropped six spots to No. 9.

Auburn moved up to No. 6 af­ter beat­ing Ge­or­gia. The Bull­dogs fell from sec­ond to sev­enth. TCU dropped out of the top 10 af­ter los­ing at Ok­la­homa.


The At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence is fi­nally get­ting the Mi­ami it in­vited to join the league back in the early 2000s. In the four sea­sons be­fore the Hur­ri­canes en­tered the ACC in 2004, they went 46-4, won a na­tional cham­pi­onship, nearly won an­other, were ranked as high as No. 2 in the coun­try each sea­son and never fin­ished lower than fifth.

When the Hur­ri­canes were placed in the Coastal Divi­sion, op­po­site Florida State and Clem­son in the At­lantic, the con­ven­tional wis­dom was that they would rou­tinely reach the league cham­pi­onship game and give the ACC a peren­nial na­tional cham­pi­onship con­tender to go along with Florida State.

Since then, Mi­ami has never reached the ACC ti­tle game or fin­ished bet­ter than 11th in the fi­nal AP rank­ings.


Alabama notched its 101st ap­pear­ance at No. 1 in the AP poll, match­ing Ok­la­homa for sec­ond most be­hind Ohio State’s 105. The Tide should take over sole pos­ses­sion next week af­ter its plays Mercer and could match the Buck­eyes if it runs the ta­ble as No. 1 this sea­son.


— No. 8 Ohio State moved up three spots and back into the top 10. A week af­ter get­ting blown out at Iowa, the Buck­eyes bounced back with an em­phatic vic­tory against Michi­gan State .

— No. 12 USC moved up three spots, tak­ing ad­van­tage of the some losses to teams above and be­low the Tro­jans.

— No. 15 Wash­ing­ton State jumped four spots, mak­ing the Cougars the sec­ond-high­est ranked Pac-12 team be­hind USC.


— No. 16 Wash­ing­ton dropped seven spots af­ter los­ing at Stan­ford on Fri­day night.

— No. 22 Michi­gan State tum­bled nine spots af­ter be­ing blown out at Ohio State.


All three teams that moved back into the rank­ings this week have been there for much of the sea­son, start­ing with No. 20 Stan­ford.

— No. 21 LSU has been back and forth for most of the sea­son.

— No. 25 North Carolina State is back in a week af­ter fall­ing out.


— Vir­ginia Tech fell out for the first time this sea­son af­ter a los­ing its sec­ond straight game.

— Iowa and Iowa State both dropped out af­ter losses. The schools were ranked to­gether last week for the first time since 2005.


No. 19 Michi­gan at No. 5 Wis­con­sin. Af­ter two straight weeks of sched­ules loaded with mar­quee matchups, Wolver­ines-Badgers is the only game on the slate match­ing ranked teams.

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