SMU closes in on Top 25 ranking



Villanova and Kansas remain the top two teams in The Associated Press college basketball poll while Gonzaga moved up to third.

The Wildcats (19 1) beat Seton Hall and Providence last week and received 35 first place votes from the 65 member national media panel on Monday. This is the seventh week on top this season for Villanova.

Gonzaga (19 0), the last unbeaten team in Division I, got the other two first place votes and moved up one spot to third, the Zag’s highest ranking of the season.

Kentucky and Baylor both moved up one place to fourth and fifth, while cheap college hockey jerseys Florida State jumped from 10th to sixth, the Seminoles’ highest ranking since February 1993, when they also were sixth.

Arizona had the week’s biggest jump, going from 14th to No. 7 with its win at UCLA on Saturday. The loss knocked the Bruins from third to No. 8.

North Carolina and Oregon rounded out the Top Ten.

Butler was 11th followed by Virginia, Louisville, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Creighton which fell from a tie for seventh Duke, West Virginia which also fell from a tie for seventh Cincinnati and Purdue.

The last five teams were Saint Mary’s, Maryland, South Carolina, Xavier and Florida.

The teams tied for seventh last week had the worst drops. West Virginia, which lost to Oklahoma and Kansas State, fell 11 spots while Creighton, which lost to Marquette in its first game since point guard Maurice Watson Jr. suffered a season ending knee injury, dropped nine places.

Kansas has quite a week coming up. The Jayhawks are at West Virginia on Tuesday and then visit Kentucky on Saturday.

Virginia will also face two ranked opponents on the road: at Notre Dame on Tuesday and at Villanova on Sunday.

The other double ranked game has Xavier at Cincinnati in their annual crosstown meeting on Thursday.

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Others receiving votes: Houston 65, Southern Cal 40, San Diego St. 21, Troy 20, Tennessee 17, South Florida 10, Arkansas 7, Wyoming 5, Tulsa 3.

Alabama, Michigan, Clemson and Washington are at the top of The Associated Press Top 25 college football poll and the Big 12 was left without a top 10 team after a weekend during which four unbeaten teams lost.

Alabama is No. 1, receiving all but one of the 61 first place votes from the media panel. Michigan received a first place vote. Both No. 3 Clemson and No. 4 Washington won road games against ranked teams Saturday.

West Virginia and Baylor from the Big 12 were not so fortunate. The Mountaineers slipped to No. 14 after their first loss. The Bears dropped to 13th after losing to Texas.

POLL POINTS

This is the first time in the history of the Big 12 which started in 1996 that it enters November with no top 10 teams in the AP poll. No. 12 Oklahoma is the highest ranked of four Big 12 teams in the Top 25. No. 16 Utah moved up a spot after losing 31 24 to Washington.

No. 8 Wisconsin moved up three spots after 23 17 victory in overtime against previously unbeaten Nebraska.

No. 11 Auburn moved up four spots. No. 9 Nebraska slipped only two spots after its first loss.

No. 19 Florida State dropped seven spots after a 37 34 loss. The Seminoles’ other two losses are to No. 5 Louisville and No. 18 North Carolina.

No. 24 Boise State fell 11 spots after its first loss of the season. The Broncos lost 30 28 at Wyoming. No. 22 Oklahoma State is back in the ranking for the second time this season after beating West Virginia.

No. 25 Washington State is ranked for the first time this season and did it after starting 0 2 NCAA Jerseys China
with a loss to Eastern Washington of the FCS. The Cougars and rival Huskies were last ranked at the same time Sept. 28, 2003. Washington was 18th and Washington State was 14th. Tennessee fell out of the rankings for the first time this season after losing at South Carolina.