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FSU latest fixture to fall from Top 25

November 28, 2005

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— First Oklahoma fell from the Top 25, then Michigan was gone. Tennessee dropped out a month later and now Florida State.

The Seminoles became the latest Top 25 fixture to fall from the Associated Press poll this season, dropping out Sunday after losing their third straight game.

Florida State is unranked this week for the first time since late November 2001.

With much of the Top 25 idle last weekend, and no big upsets in the limited schedule, there was little movement in the media poll.

Southern California, which was off this week, is No. 1 for a record 32nd straight poll. USC finishes its season Saturday against UCLA.

Texas is No. 2, but the Longhorns lost four first-place votes this week to USC after a tougher-than-expected 40-29 victory at Texas A&M. Texas plays Colorado in the Big 12 title game. If USC and Texas stay undefeated, they'll play in the Rose Bowl for the Bowl Championship Series title.

No. 3 LSU, No. 4 Penn State and No. 5 Virginia Tech held their places.

Florida State is the seventh team ranked in the AP preseason top 15 to fall out of the rankings at some point this season. The others are Tennessee, Michigan, Oklahoma, Iowa, Louisville and Purdue.

Oklahoma was preseason No. 7 but lost two of its first three games and has been unranked since. The Sooners had been ranked in every poll since 2000.

Two weeks later, Michigan fell out of the AP Top 25 after a 2-2 start, ending a streak of 114 straight weeks in the rankings. It was the longest streak in the nation at the time and dated to Oct. 18, 1998. The Wolverines, ranked fourth in the preseason, have since started a new streak.

Last month, Tennessee dropped out for the first time in three years after the third of what turned out to be four straight losses. The Vols began the year ranked third.

Before that season, the Seminoles last were unranked under coach Bobby Bowden in September 1989.

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