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Reeling Seminoles drop out of AP poll

By wire services
Published November 28, 2005


NEW YORK - First Oklahoma fell from the Top 25, then Michigan. Tennessee dropped out a month later, and now it's Florida State's turn.

The Seminoles became the latest fixture to fall from the Associated Press poll this season, dropping out Sunday after losing their third straight.

FSU is unranked for the first time since late November 2001.

With much of the Top 25 idle and no big upsets in the limited schedule, there was little movement in the poll.

Southern California, which was off, is No.1 for a record 32nd straight poll. USC finishes its season Saturday against UCLA. Texas is No.2 and plays Colorado in the Big 12 title game. If USC and Texas stay undefeated, they'll play in the Rose Bowl for the Bowl Championship Series title.

Iowa moved into the rankings for the first time since late September.

ACC GAINS BOWL SPOT: An Atlantic Coast Conference team will participate in the Emerald Bowl, the league said. That team will face Utah in the Dec.29 game in San Francisco. The bowl was slated to pair a Mountain West team against a Pac-10 opponent. Stanford's loss to Notre Dame meant that the bid would go to an at-large team. The Cardinal finished 5-6 against the second-toughest schedule in the nation.

ARKANSAS: Coach Houston Nutt and athletic director Frank Broyles are to meet again today, Nutt said, but he added that any staffing changes will take time and evaluation. Nutt met with Broyles on Saturday but said nothing solid was discussed. The Razorbacks finished 4-7, their second straight losing season.

TENNESSEE: Coach Phillip Fulmer fired offensive assistants Jimmy Ray Stephens and Pat Washington after the Volunteers' first losing season (5-6) since 1988. Stephens, 51, was the offensive line coach and had been at the school for three years. Washington, 42, was receivers coach and had been with the program for 10 years.

Late Saturday

NOTRE DAME 38, STANFORD 31: Charlie Weis finds no reason to campaign for a BCS berth. As far as he is concerned, the Irish have done more than enough to show they deserve to be recognized as one of the country's top teams.

Three representatives from the Fiesta Bowl attended visiting Notre Dame's victory, which all but wrapped up its first BCS bid in five years.

"When you get yourself into position to be picked one of the top eight teams in the country, that's a very strong statement for your program," Weis said. "I'm not into politicking. We're 9-2 and one of the best teams in the country, and we're going to be in one of the BCS games. I'm not worried about all those other teams, because we're going to go somewhere and we're going to make one of those games proud."

Assuming USC and Texas win their games this week to set up a title-game clash in the Rose Bowl, the Fiesta Bowl will have the first choice among the other BCS games to pick an unattached team.

Running back Darius Walker ran 6 yards for the winner with 55 seconds left, then took a direct snap in for the two-point conversion.

UGA 14, GA. TECH 7: Despite suggestions that the Bulldogs' superiority in their intrastate rivalry has made the game more important for the Yellow Jackets, Georgia coach Mark Richt says bragging rights mean as much as ever for his players.

Richt said the meaning of the victory over Tech was obvious after spending only a few minutes in the locker room.

"It didn't take long," Richt said. "Just to be in the locker room with those guys and see the looks on their faces and the hugs and congratulations; the seniors, they definitely wanted that game," Richt said. "They wanted to be able to go through their career without a loss to Tech."

In a streak that covers the Richt era, the Bulldogs have won the past five and 12 of 15 against Tech.

The score was tied at 7 until late in the game, when Bryan McClendon caught a play-action pass from D.J. Shockley despite tight coverage by Tech's Dennis Davis.