Hurricanes Still No. 1
Miami remained No. 1, but it’s no longer unanimous.
No. 2 Ohio State (13-0) picked up two first-place votes in Sunday’s new Associated Press Top 25 on the strength of its 14-9 victory over rival Michigan.
Miami (10-0) defeated Pittsburgh, 28-21, Thursday night and received 71 first-place votes from the sports writers and broadcasters on the panel. The Hurricanes lead the Buckeyes in points, 1,823-1,748.
Washington State (9-2), which lost, 29-26, to Washington in overtime, dropped six spots to No. 9, with Oklahoma (10-1) moving up one spot to No. 3 after its 60-15 victory over Texas Tech.
Iowa, co-Big Ten champions with Ohio State, moved up one place to No. 4, followed by Georgia, USC, Notre Dame, Kansas State, Washington State and Texas.
In the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll, the top five were Miami, Ohio State, Iowa, Oklahoma and Georgia.
Penn State (9-3), coming off its 61-7 victory over Michigan State, jumped four places to No. 11. Michigan (9-3) remained No. 12 despite its loss to Ohio State.
Players from both teams charged onto the field and had to be separated by police after scuffling for about five minutes following Hawaii’s 20-19 come-from-behind victory over Cincinnati late Saturday night in Honolulu.
Tensions built throughout the game, and the Bearcats were whistled for several personal-foul penalties, including a late hit that knocked Hawaii quarterback Timmy Chang out of the game with three minutes left.
Chang had thrown a 33-yard touchdown pass to Jeremiah Cockheran with just over five minutes left to rally the Warriors (9-2).
“It was a cheap shot,” Hawaii offensive lineman Vince Manuwai said.
Cincinnati (5-6) was penalized 14 times for 117 yards while the Warriors were called for two penalties for 15 yards.
Houston Coach Dana Dimel was fired after leading the Cougars to only seven wins in three seasons. Dimel went 4-7 this season and 7-26 overall, including an 0-11 record last year -- the first winless season in Houston history. He will coach Saturday’s game against Louisville.... Colorado State (10-2) has accepted a bid to play in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn.