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How The Ap Top 25 Fared

October 29, 2000

1. NEBRASKA (7-1) lost to No. 3 Oklahoma, 31-14. The Cornhuskers held scoreless for the final 53:11 of the game and can't wait for rematch in Big 12 title game. Next: Kansas, Saturday

2. VIRGINIA TECH (8-0) defeated Pittsburgh, 37-34. Michael Vick goes out of the game in the first half with a sprained ankle and Hokies show they still got what it takes to win. Next: at No. 4 Miami, Saturday

3. OKLAHOMA (7-0) defeated No. 1 Nebraska, 31-14. Heisman hopeful Josh Heupel shows it really is a new era in Norman as he scorches Cornhuskers for 300 passing yards. Next: at Baylor, Saturday

4. MIAMI (6-1) defeated Louisiana Tech, 42-31. The Hurricanes were a 41 1/2-point favorite and won't be able to get away with a performance like this any other time. Next: No. 2 Virginia Tech, Saturday

5. CLEMSON (8-1) lost to Georgia Tech, 31-28. The Tigers were caught looking ahead to next week and also may have watched their national title hopes disappear. Next: at No. 6 Florida State, Saturday

6. FLORIDA STATE (8-1) defeated No. 21 North Carolina State, 58-14. Bobby Bowden made sure his team didn't forget its last trip to Raleigh--a stunning 24-7 loss. Next: No. 5 Clemson, Saturday

7. OREGON (7-1) defeated Arizona State, 56-55. The Ducks' Pacific 10-best defense allowed 667 total yards, but team is still off to best start since 1959. Next: at Washington State, Saturday

8. FLORIDA (7-1) defeated No. 13 Georgia, 34-23. Steve Spurrier has now led Gators to 10 wins in last 11 editions of "The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party." Next: at Vanderbilt, Saturday

9. WASHINGTON (7-1) defeated Stanford, 31-28. Huskies come from behind for the sixth time this season, this one after blowing an 18-point fourth-quarter lead. Next: No. 24 Arizona, Saturday

10. KANSAS STATE (7-2) lost to Texas A&M, 26-10. As Wildcats fade, they also saw 60-game regular-season winning streak against unranked opponents end. Next: Iowa State, Saturday

11. TEXAS CHRISTIAN (7-0) defeated Rice, 37-0. Dennis Franchione never could have envisioned this start, just like the BCS can't envision his team in a major bowl. Next: at San Jose State, Saturday

12. OHIO STATE (6-2) lost to No. 16 Purdue, 31-27. Buckeye secondary picks off Drew Brees four times and still can't find a way to win as Rose Bowl hopes wilt. Next: Michigan State, Saturday

13. GEORGIA (6-2) lost to No. 8 Florida, 34-23. Bulldogs kept rivalry game close for a change, but can only wonder what happened to their once-promising season. Next: at No. 25 Auburn, Nov. 11

14. SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI (6-1) defeated Houston, 6-3. Golden Eagles barely could handle the brisk gulf breeze and nearly blew it against Cougars, but still won sixth in a row. Next: Louisville, Saturday

15. MICHIGAN (6-2) did not play. To keep Rose Bowl hopes alive, Wolverines will have to beat a team coming off a miraculous last-second victory.

Next: at No. 23 Northwestern, Saturday

16. PURDUE (7-2) defeated No. 12 Ohio State, 31-27. Boilermakers keep Rose Bowl destiny in their hands as Drew Brees pulls out late victory to stun Buckeyes. Next: at No. 23 Northwestern, Nov. 4

17. SOUTH CAROLINA (7-2) lost to Tennessee, 17-14. Gamecocks lose to Volunteers for eighth consecutive time and show wear and tear Coach Lou Holtz feared. Next: at No. 8 Florida, Nov. 11

18. OREGON STATE (7-1) defeated Washington State, 38-9. Unlike their rival from Eugene, Beavers leave no doubt against a team they're supposed to take apart. Next: at California, Saturday

19. NOTRE DAME (6-2) defeated Air Force, 34-31 (OT). Bob Davie sees the season flash before his eyes. Maybe that's why he was so calm when it ended in the Irish's favor. Next: Boston College, Nov. 11

20. MISSISSIPPI STATE (5-2) defeated Middle Tennessee, 61-35. Bulldogs get first 60-point game since 1994, but defense allows 527 yards to leave sour taste. Next: at Kentucky, Saturday

21. NORTH CAROLINA STATE (5-2) lost to No. 6 Florida State, 58-14. Wolfpack ends Chris Weinke's streak of consecutive 200-yard games at 19, but can't stop run. Next: at Maryland, Saturday

22. TEXAS (6-2) defeated Baylor, 48-14. Major Applewhite becomes Longhorns' career passing leader as Big 12 continues to live through its aerial renaissance. Next: at Texas Tech, Saturday

23. NORTHWESTERN (6-2) defeated Minnesota, 41-35. Practice makes perfect for the Wildcats, who claim they convert 80% of desperation passes in practice. Next: No. 15 Michigan, Saturday

24. ARIZONA (5-3) lost to UCLA, 27-24. Wildcats only get a field goal in second half and for another year will remain only Pac-10 team never to have played in Rose Bowl. Next: No. 9 Washington, Saturday

25. AUBURN (7-2) defeated Arkansas, 21-19. Tiger defense saves Rudi Johnson from being goat with a late interception as Razorbacks drop eighth consecutive SEC game. Next: at No. 13 Georgia, Nov. 11

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