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Florida Reaches the Top

September 22, 1997|Associated Press

Look who's back at No. 1.

The Florida Gators, by virtue of their 33-20 victory over Tennessee, bumped Penn State out of the top spot in The Associated Press' Top 25 college football poll.

Even though the Nittany Lions (3-0) beat Louisville, 57-21, on the road, the defending national champion Gators (3-0) defeated a top five team and received more support from poll voters.

Nebraska's 27-14 victory over then-No. 2 Washington (2-1) in Seattle, didn't hurt the Gators, either. Florida (3-0) collected 32 first-place votes and 1,699 points from the 70 sports writers and broadcasters who vote in the poll.

Penn State, which held the No. 1 spot since the preseason poll, was No. 2 with 28 first-place votes and 1,675 points. The Cornhuskers (3-0) jumped from No. 7 to No. 3 and received seven first-place votes and 1,601 points.

The Volunteers (2-1) fell five places to No. 9, while the Huskies (2-1) fell to No. 10.

In the USA Today/ESPN poll, the top five were: Florida, Penn State, Nebraska, Florida State and North Carolina.

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