Notre Dame's upset of Michigan did more than help the Irish forget about a summer of lawsuits and rules violations -- it put them back in the Top 10.
The Fighting Irish, coming off their first six-loss season since 1986, beat the defending co-national champion Wolverines 36-20 on Saturday and moved into the No. 10 spot in The Associated Press' first regular-season Top 25 college football poll.
While the Irish leaped 12 spots in the poll, Michigan tumbled eight places from No. 5 to No. 13. Notre Dame was last ranked in the Top 10 late in the 1996 season.
Ohio State retained the No. 1 ranking with a convincing 34-17 victory over West Virginia, while the Mountaineers fell nine places from No. 11 to No. 20.
The Buckeyes received 39 first-place votes and 1,708 points from the 70 sports writers and broadcasters on the AP panel. Florida State, which opened its season last week with a 23-14 win over Texas A&M in the Kickoff Classic, remained No. 2 with 22 first-place votes and 1,667 points.
In the preseason poll, the Buckeyes led the Seminoles by only five points and eight first-place votes. Now the lead is 41 points and 17 first-place votes.
Two other games among ranked teams caused a shakeup in the rankings: Washington moved up seven places to No. 11 after its 42-38 win over Arizona State, which fell from No. 8 to No. 14; and Colorado beat Colorado State 42-14 to move into the rankings at No. 16, while the Rams fell out of the Top 25 after a No. 15 preseason rating.
Florida, a 49-10 winner over I-AA The Citadel, was No. 3 with four first-place votes and 1,571 points, while Nebraska (two first-place votes, 1,546 points) remained No. 4 with a 38-7 win over Alabama-Birmingham.
Kansas State, a 66-0 winner over I-AA Indiana State, moved up a spot to No. 5 with two first-place votes and 1,418 points, with UCLA following at No. 6, LSU at No. 7, Tennessee at No. 8, Penn State at No. 9 and Notre Dame at No. 10.
UCLA opens its season next Saturday against Texas, which moved into the rankings at No. 23 after a 66-36 win over New Mexico State. LSU opens next week against Arkansas State, while the Volunteers beat Syracuse 34-33 and Penn State defeated Southern Mississippi 34-6 to give Joe Paterno career win No. 299.
Washington was No. 11, followed by No. 12 Virginia, No. 13 Michigan, No. 14 Arizona, No. 15 Georgia, No. 16 Colorado, No. 17 Wisconsin, No. 18 Texas A&M, No. 19 Syracuse and No. 20 West Virginia.
Arizona, a 27-6 winner over Hawaii last Thursday night, moved up three spots to No. 21, followed by four newcomers -- No. 22 Southern California, No. 23 Texas, No. 24 Oregon and No. 25 Missouri.
In the USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll, the Top 5 were: Ohio State, Florida State, Nebraska, Florida, Kansas State.
Dropping out of the AP rankings were North Carolina, ranked 12th in the preseason but a 13-10 loser to Miami (Ohio), Colorado State, Michigan State and Auburn.
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