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No. 24 Boise State and No. 25 Nebraska, after brief exits, are back in the rankings, and No. 23 Mississippi State is in the Top 25 for the first time in a bit more than a year.

The Bulldogs are 3-0 for the first time since 1999, though getting there was tougher than most probably expected. Mississippi State won 30-24 at Troy on Saturday.

“We jumped into the polls and we did not perform at our best. I hope it’s a real motivating factor,” Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said Sunday.

Falling out were Tennessee, BYU and Virginia Tech.

The Hokies suffered maybe the most surprising loss of the weekend, falling 35-17 to previously winless Pittsburgh.

Virginia Tech is unranked for the first time since October 2010, snapping a string of 29 polls.


Florida State heads into maybe its biggest regular-season game of the year with its best ranking since Oct. 9, 2005.

The Seminoles, coming off a 52-0 victory against Wake Forest, host No. 10 Clemson at Doak Campell Stadium on Saturday in a game that should go a long way to determining who wins the Atlantic Division of the ACC.


No. 18 Michigan beat UMass 63-13 and dropped a spot in the polls. Seems odd, but don’t take it personally, Wolverines fans. Michigan received 19 more points this week from the media panel, but essentially Stanford and Notre Dame’s rises pushed the Wolverines back a spot. Michigan is at Notre Dame on Saturday. … The other Top 25 matchups this week are No. 15 Kansas State at No. 15 Oklahoma and No. 22 Arizona at No. 3 Oregon. It feels as if the Ducks’ season hasn’t even started after easy victories against Arkansas State, Fresno State and Tennessee Tech.

AP Sports Writer Antonio Gonzalez in Stanford, Calif., contributed.