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SPORTS WEEKEND | THE TIMES' RANKING

Top 25

November 08, 1996|CHRIS DUFRESNE | Times Staff Writer

CAPSULES AND RANKINGS

Team: 1. Florida (8-0)

Opponent: at Vanderbilt

Comment: Gator defenders dropping like flies.

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Team: 2. Ohio State (8-0)

Opponent: at Illinois

Comment: Loss of running back Joe Montgomery hurts.

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Team: 3. Florida State (7-0)

Opponent: Wake Forest

Comment: Just another day at the ACC office.

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Team: 4. Arizona State (9-0)

Opponent: California

Comment: Sun Devils find their place in the sun.

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Team: 5. Nebraska (7-1)

Opponent: Missouri

Comment: No compromises in this game.

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Team: 6. Colorado (7-1)

Opponent: Iowa State

Comment: Why is Neuheisel taking so much heat?

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Team: 7. Tennessee (6-1)

Opponent: at Memphis

Comment: Peyton Manning seeks out Elvis for career advice.

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Team: 8. North Carolina (7-1)

Opponent: Louisville

Comment: Orange Bowl or bust!

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Team: 9. Michigan (7-1)

Opponent: at Purdue

Comment: Already planning Ohio State victory party.

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Team: 10. Alabama (7-1)

Opponent: at LSU

Comment: Crimson Tide doesn't lose in Baton Rouge.

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Team: 11. Wyoming (9-1)

Opponent: at San Diego St.

Comment: Cowboy winning streak ends at Jack Murphy Stadium.

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Team: 12. BYU (9-1)

Opponent: Rice

Comment: Can't look past this game. Really.

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Team: 13. Penn State (8-2)

Opponent: Idle

Comment: Nittany Lions suddenly look unbeatable again.

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Team: 14. Kansas State (7-1)

Opponent: at Kansas

Comment: A pretty good matchup. Last year.

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Team: 15. Northwestern (7-2)

Opponent: at Iowa

Comment: Forget the miracle finishes. Tackle someone.

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Team: 16. Army (8-0)

Opponent: Air Force

Comment: Better steal a win before Syracuse loss.

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Team: 17. Notre Dame (5-2)

Opponent: at Boston Col.

Comment: Beware opposing DBs holding Racing Forms.

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Team: 18. LSU (6-1)

Opponent: Alabama

Comment: Win sets up SEC title-game loss to Florida.

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Team: 19. Washington (6-2)

Opponent: Oregon State

Comment: Ask Bruce Snyder if this is a gimme.

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Team: 20. Miami (6-2)

Opponent: Idle

Comment: Haven't been pelted by trash cans in two weeks.

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Team: 21. Virginia (6-2)

Opponent: Clemson

Comment: A close-shave game for the Barbers?

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Team: 22. S. Mississippi (8-1)

Opponent: at Houston

Comment: Lickin' chops for Florida State next week.

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Team: 23. Auburn (6-2)

Opponent: NE Louisiana

Comment: Terry Bowden checks out Jim Mora's office.

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Team: 24. Iowa (6-2)

Opponent: Northwestern

Comment: Hawkeyes catch Northwestern in purple haze.

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Team: 25. Syracuse (5-2)

Opponent: at Tulane

Comment: Orangemen charging fast after 0-2 start.

THE POLLS: Associated Press and USA Today/CNN--C10

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