POSTED: 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 8, 2010
LAST UPDATED: 3:57 p.m. HST, Sep 8, 2010
Boise State gained seven first-place votes and closed in on No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Ohio State as the top three teams in the first regular-season Associated Press football poll held their spots from the preseason. (Complete poll in Scoreboard)
The Broncos remained third after a thrilling 33-30 victory against Virginia Tech on Monday night, receiving eight first-place votes and 1,399 points from the media panel, 13 points behind the Buckeyes.
Ohio State received four first-place votes and 1,412 points.
Alabama had 47 first-place votes, down seven from the preseason poll, and 1,484 points in the rankings released yesterday.
TCU from the Mountain West Conference moved up two spots to No. 4, marking the first time since the Bowl Championship Series was implemented in 1998 that two teams from conferences without automatic BCS bids have been in the top five. Boise State is the defending Western Athletic Conference champion.
Texas remained No. 5.
No. 8 Florida dropped four spots after a sloppy 34-12 victory against Miami (Ohio) and No. 10 Oklahoma fell three places after beating Utah State 31-24.
The rest of the top 10 is Nebraska at No. 6, followed by Oregon. Iowa is No. 9.