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COLLEGE FOOTBALL SPOTLIGHT / WEEK 8

How The Ap Top 25 Fared

October 15, 2000

1. NEBRASKA (6-0) defeated Texas Tech, 56-3. Perhaps the Cornhuskers' most complete game to date as they ended the Red Raiders' nine-game home winning streak. Next: Baylor, Saturday

2. KANSAS STATE (6-1) lost to No. 8 Oklahoma, 41-31. Critics of the Wildcats' schedule will love this score. Teams could meet again in Big 12 Conference title game. Next: Texas Tech, Saturday

3. VIRGINIA TECH (6-0) defeated West Virginia, 48-20. Hokies weren't half bad on Thursday, scoring 41 unanswered points after trailing, 14-7, at halftime. Next: at Syracuse, Saturday

4. MIAMI (4-1) did not play. Quarterback Ken Dorsey has thrown a school-record 163 regular-season passes without an interception. Add the Gator Bowl, and it's up to 178. Next: at Temple, Saturday

5. CLEMSON (7-0) defeated Maryland, 35-14. Tigers will have to play better down stretch. Against Terrapins, Clemson totaled 464 yards, its second-lowest output of season. Next: at North Carolina, Saturday

6. OHIO STATE (5-1) lost to Minnesota, 29-17. Golden Gopher Coach Glen Mason wasn't even born the last time Minnesota defeated the Buckeyes in Columbus. Next: at Iowa, Saturday

7. FLORIDA STATE (6-1) defeated Duke, 63-14. Even walk-on Stephen de la Motte of San Luis Obispo plays. Seminoles have lost only two conference games since joining ACC in 1992. Virginia, Saturday

8. OKLAHOMA (6-0) defeated No. 2 Kansas State, 41-31. The biggest Sooner victory in years sets up an even bigger game in two weeks, as Nebraska visits Norman. Next: Nebraska, Oct. 28

9. OREGON (5-1) defeated USC, 28-17. Ducks win their first road game of season. Now it's back to Autzen Stadium, where Oregon has won 18 in a row. Next: Arizona, Saturday

10. FLORIDA (6-1) defeated No. 19 Auburn, 38-7. Gators' future appears in good hands with freshmen Rex Grossman at quarterback and Jabar Gaffney at receiver. Next: Georgia (at Jacksonville), Oct. 28

11. WASHINGTON (5-1) defeated Arizona State, 21-15. In a sloppy game in Tempe that featured 12 turnovers, the Huskies kept the heat on Pac-10 front-runner Oregon. Next: California, Saturday

12. TEXAS CHRISTIAN (5-0) did not play. The Bowl Championship Series worst nightmare. No major threats stand in the way of an 11-0 record for the Horned Frogs. Next: at Tulsa, Saturday

13. UCLA (4-2) lost to California, 46-38. Things are looking up for the Bruins, who haven't won a road game since Nov. 14, 1998. They return to the Rose Bowl this week. Next: Oregon State, Saturday

14. GEORGIA (5-1) defeated Vanderbilt, 29-19. No letdown for Bulldogs, but quarterback Quincy Carter separated his left shoulder and is questionable for Kentucky game. Next: at Kentucky, Saturday

15. MISSISSIPPI STATE (4-1) did not play. Any team with a player named Pork Chop Womack and back-to-back wins against Florida and Auburn has to be taken seriously. Next: at Louisiana State, Saturday

16. SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI (5-1) defeated Tulane, 56-24. You could certainly make an argument that the Golden Eagles are the best team in Mississippi. Next: at Houston, Oct. 28

17. NORTHWESTERN (5-2) lost to No. 21 Purdue, 41-28. The bloom comes off the Wildcats' Rose Bowl plans. Northwestern no longer controls its destiny in the Big Ten. Next: at Minnesota, Saturday

18. MICHIGAN (5-2) defeated Indiana, 58-0. A scoring blitz of five touchdowns in a 9:01 span of the second quarter kept the Wolverines in the thick of the Big Ten race. Next: Michigan State, Saturday

19. AUBURN (5-2) lost to No. 10 Florida, 38-7. Two weeks ago, the Tigers were undefeated. The good news is they have three of their last four games at home. Next: Louisiana Tech, Saturday

20. NOTRE DAME (4-2) defeated Navy, 45-14. What's the secret behind the turnaround? Notre Dame is the only Division I-A team that has yet to lose a fumble. Next: at West Virginia, Saturday

21. PURDUE (5-2) defeated No. 17 Northwestern, 41-28. If the Boilermakers and quarterback Drew Brees win the rest of their games, they will be bound for Pasadena. Next: at Wisconsin, Saturday

22. ARIZONA (5-1) defeated Washington State, 53-47. What happened to Desert Swarm? Triple overtime victory sets up a showdown at Oregon for the Pac-10 lead. Next: at Oregon, Saturday

23. OREGON STATE (5-1) defeated Stanford, 38-6. Beavers haven't been to a Rose Bowl since 1965. They'll visit it this weekend in what could be a dress rehearsal. Next: at UCLA, Saturday

24. SOUTH CAROLINA (6-1) defeated Arkansas, 27-7. Bowl-eligible Gamecocks are tied for the SEC East lead with Florida, but three of their last four games are on the road Next: at Vanderbilt, Saturday

25. TEXAS (4-2) defeated Colorado, 28-14. The victory ended the Longhorns' six-game losing streak to the Buffaloes. Texas has never lost seven consecutive games to any opponent. Next: Missouri, Saturday

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