Miami climbs to top of publishers poll

SEATTLE - They may be second everywhere else, but the Miami Hurricanes are No. 1 in the eyes of college football experts. Fresh off their <a href=>33-0 pounding of Penn State</a>, the Hurricanes were assigned the top position in the debut Top 25 College Football Poll.

Florida, which crunched Marshall 49-14 behind sophomore quarterback Rex Grossman, is No. 2, and Oklahoma, which blasted Air Force 44-3, is No. 3.

Rounding out poll's initial Top Five are Florida State and Nebraska. is an online sports network featuring the top college team, recruiting, NFL and high school sites on the Web. The Top 25 College Poll includes ballots from publishers reflecting the regions and conferences represented in college team network.

Despite losing their first game 20-17 Saturday night to the UCLA Bruins, Alabama did receive votes in the poll.

The Sept. 5, 2001 poll:

1 Miami (8)272
2 Florida (2)262
3 Oklahoma (1)256
4 Florida State229
5 Nebraska222
6 Texas209
8 Tennessee203
9 Virginia Tech197
10 Michigan159
11 Oregon State153
12 Kansas State142
13 Georgia Tech134
14 LSU130
15 UCLA127
16 Washington119
17 Notre Dame91
18 Mississippi State82
19 Clemson73
20 Northwestern60
Ohio State60
22 South Carolina56
23 Wisconsin28
24 Georgia12
25 Fresno State10
(First place votes in parenthesis).

Other teams receiving votes:
Louisville 8, Purdue 7, Illinois 7, Toledo 7, Boston College 6, Wake Forest 5, Colorado 5, Michigan State 4, Southern Mississippi 4, Alabama 4, Pittsburgh 3, Brigham Young 3, Stanford 3, Texas A&M 2, Arizona 1, TCU 1.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Though does have a vote in the poll, we did not vote the Tide anywhere in the Top 25. Highlights of our vote include Miami No. 1 (we believe the Hurricanes were the most talented team in college football last season, and not much has changed), Florida third (behind defending champion Oklahoma), Tennessee 12th, Mississippi State 14th, LSU 15th, Georgia Tech 16th, South Carolina 18th and Southern Miss 22nd.

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