Miami is back at No. 1, and this time it's unanimous.

The Hurricanes regained the top spot in The Associated Press media poll Sunday, a week after a 25-point victory over Rutgers saw them drop to No. 2 behind Oklahoma.

With the Sooners losing to Texas A&M 30-26 and Miami overpowering Tennessee 26-3 Saturday, the Hurricanes (9-0) received all 74 first-place votes and 1,850 points from the sports writers and broadcasters on the AP panel.

Miami was No. 1 for a record 21 straight polls before being unseated by Oklahoma. For the first time this season, though, the Hurricanes made a clean sweep of the votes.

Ohio State (11-0), the only other unbeaten major-college team, moved up to No. 2 from No. 3 after its 10-6 win over Purdue. The Buckeyes totaled 1,771 points.

Washington State (9-1) made a big jump to No. 3 from No. 5 after a 32-21 win over Oregon, which fell from No. 15 to No. 23. Oklahoma (8-1) and Texas (9-1) were tied at No. 4 and Iowa (10-1) was No. 6. The four-one loss teams are separated by just 32 points.

Miami remained No. 1 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll, followed by Ohio State, Texas, Washington State, Iowa and Oklahoma.

The order is not certain, but Miami and Ohio State should be first and second when the new Bowl Championship Series standings are released today. The Buckeyes were second and the Hurricanes third behind the Sooners last week.

The top two teams in the final BCS standings on Dec. 8 play for the BCS national title in the Fiesta Bowl Jan. 3.

Last week, Miami lost 27 first-place votes to Oklahoma in the AP poll after rallying for a 42-17 win over lowly Rutgers, which led by three points in the fourth quarter. Coupled with the Sooners' 27-11 victory over Colorado, AP voters gave the No. 1 nod to Oklahoma.

There was no doubt about No. 1 this week as Miami looked overpowering in extending its winning streak to 31 games - the longest among major colleges in 31 years and tied for the seventh longest ever.

Georgia (9-1) remained No. 7, followed by USC, Notre Dame and Alabama.

Virginia Tech (8-2), a 50-42 triple overtime loser to Syracuse, fell to No. 13 from No. 8 after its second straight loss. North Carolina State (9-2) also lost for the second straight week - 24-21 to Maryland - and fell to No. 22 from No. 14.

Dropping out of the Top 25 were Arizona State, Bowling Green and Iowa State.

Bowling Green (8-1), No. 20 last week, lost its first game of the season 26-17 to Northern Illinois.

The newcomers this week are Maryland at No. 19, Auburn at No. 24 and TCU at No. 25.

The complete AP poll and USA Today/ESPN coaches poll are listed on page 2B.


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