The Hurricanes (4-0) slipped to No. 2 despite a 38-7 win over Troy State, while Oklahoma (4-0) actually gained more first-place votes, 3-2, to enter the national championship picture after a 14-3 victory over last week's fifth-ranked team, Texas.
Virigina Tech (4-0) climbed into the top five after a 35-0 victory over West Virginia.
The Pac-10 continued to be well represented in TheInsiders.com's top 10, with UCLA (4-0) at No. 6, Oregon (5-0) at No. 7 and Washington (4-0) at No. 9. The Huskies beat USC 27-24 on a field goal with no time left for their third come-from-behind win of the season.
Newcomers to this week's rankings were Maryland (5-0) at No. 20, Colorado (4-1) at No. 21, and Ohio State (3-1) and Georgia (3-1) tied for No. 24. LSU, Northwestern and Toledo dropped out of the poll.
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The Oct. 7, 2001 poll:
|*First place votes in parenthesis.|
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