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Still, Toledo (7-1), which finished first among the others receiving votes with 49 points, has a reasonable gripe.

The Rockets handed Cincinnati its first loss on Saturday at the Glass Bowl in Toledo, and their only loss was in overtime at Arizona.

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IN AND OUT

Cincinnati was the only team to fall out of rankings this week, a stiff penalty for its first loss.

The Bearcats didn’t get much leeway from voters probably because they had played such a weak schedule. Cincinnati’s one “big” win came against Virginia Tech. The Bearcats rallied with a late touchdown to beat the Hokies 27-24, but Virginia Tech is 4-4 after getting roughed up by Clemson on Saturday.

Cincinnati’s other victories were against Pittsburgh, Miami, Ohio, and two FCS teams.

The Bearcats, though, could be back in the rankings soon. They play at No. 16 Louisville in a Friday night Big East game.

Those road trips to Mid-American Conference opponents have been tricky for the Big East. Earlier this season, South Florida lost at Ball State and Connecticut lost to Western Michigan.

Re-entering the rankings this week is Louisiana Tech. The nation’s highest-scoring team beat Idaho 70-28. The Bulldogs had 839 yards, the most by an FBS team in game this season.

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FROM THE ARCHIVES

Oregon State moved up one spot to No. 7 and stayed unbeaten with a 21-7 victory over Utah.

The only other time the Beavers and Ducks have both been ranked in the top seven was the final poll of the 2000 season. Oregon State finished fourth and Oregon seventh.

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