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Oklahoma Moves Into Top Spot

November 04, 2002|From Associated Press

A shaky win by Miami against one of the worst teams in the country became a big loss Sunday -- the Hurricanes are out as No. 1.

Oklahoma replaced Miami as the top team in the Associated Press media poll, ending the Hurricanes' record run of 21 consecutive polls at No. 1. Miami takes over the No. 2 spot formerly held by the Sooners.

Miami improved to 8-0 with its 42-17 win over Rutgers (1-8), but trailed by three points entering the fourth quarter. Oklahoma moved to 8-0 with a 27-11 win over Colorado (6-3), ranked No. 13 before the game.

Oklahoma moved ahead of defending national champion Miami by 14 points in balloting by the 74 sportswriters and broadcasters on the AP panel.

The Sooners received 42 first-place votes and 1,818 points, to Miami's 32 first-place votes and 1,804 points.

Oklahoma picked up 28 first place-votes from a week ago -- 27 from Miami and one from Notre Dame, which fell to No. 9 from No. 4 after a 14-7 loss to Boston College.

Four teams remain unbeaten -- the top three of Oklahoma, Miami and Ohio State and No. 21 Bowling Green.

The defending national champion Hurricanes retained their No. 1 spot in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll.

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