Now the question is whether Florida State can hold its new No. 1 ranking for a week.
Next up for the Seminoles, who replaced Nebraska in the top spot of the AP Top 25 poll, is No. 7 Miami, a team hungry to end a five-game losing streak against its state rival.
"It just gives them more fuel for the fire," Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said Sunday. "Playing down at their place is always tough, and this will give them extra incentive. But our goal is to end up No. 1."
So is Nebraska's and that's why coach Frank Solich wasn't too discouraged after his Huskers fell to No. 2 after a less-than-impressive 42-24 win over Missouri, a weak offensive team which rolled up 497 yards.
Altogether, nine teams lost for the first time this season on Saturday, leaving just 13 of 115 Division I-A schools perfect entering October. Among the latest dropouts were former Top 10 teams Florida, Washington and Southern California.
There were winners, too, the biggest being Virginia Tech wizard Michael Vick, who moved to the head of the Heisman Trophy class with a memorable day -- 210 yards rushing and three touchdowns in a 48-34 win at Boston College.
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