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Lions, Bruins keep climbing poll

Penn State is in the Top 10, Michigan is out again and UCLA is on the rise in the Associated Press Top 25.

Associated Press
Published October 10, 2005


The eighth-ranked Nittany Lions (6-0) are off to their best start in six years and have their highest ranking since No.6 in the Nov.7, 1999 poll.

Southern California is No.1 for the 25th straight poll, receiving 58 first-place votes in the media rankings released Sunday, with Texas and Virginia Tech holding the next two spots. Florida State is fourth, Miami seventh and Florida 11th.

Penn State, which started the season unranked, beat Ohio State 17-10 on Saturday to jump eight spots. Ohio State fell nine spots to 15th.

Michigan had a streak of 114 weeks in the rankings snapped when it fell out two weeks ago, after its second loss of the season. It jumped back in after beating Michigan State Oct. 1 but fell to 3-3 with a last-second loss to Minnesota and dropped out again.

"We're not done," Nittany Lions quarterback Michael Robinson said. "We've got ourselves a tough Michigan game coming up (this) weekend."

UCLA moved up eight spots to No.12. The Bruins haven't been ranked this high since the last poll of October 2001, when they were ninth.

BOSTON COLLEGE: Coach Tom O'Brien said he will ask the Atlantic Coast Conference to review a late hit on defensive ed Mathias Kiwanuka so it can tell him "if that's the way we're going to play football in this league." Virginia offensive lineman Brad Butler chop-blocked Kiwanuka after the whistle in the third quarter. The Eagles are in their first year in the league.

OKLAHOMA: Adrian Peterson is expected to play Saturday against Kansas coach Bob Stoops said one day after the tailback was limited by a sprained right ankle in a loss to Texas.

WEST VIRGINIA: Freshman running back Jason Gwaltney will miss at least four weeks with a sprained knee ligament.

Late Saturday

OREGON 31, ARIZ. ST. 17: Kellen Clemens threw for 279 yards and Terrence Whitehead ran for 122 to power the visiting Ducks. Whitehead also caught nine passes for 100 yards for Oregon, which scored 24 in a row after the Sun Devils took a 10-0 lead in the first quarter. Arizona State, coming off an emotional, bruising 38-28 home loss to USC, lost to Oregon for the first time in four years.