Although Syracuse has won five straight games and returned to
Although Syracuse has won five straight games and returned to the Top 25, coach Paul Pasqualoni remains cautious.
``Last year at this time, we were 6-1 and rated No. 14 in the country, but we finished with only seven wins,″ he said. ``So we have a lot of football to play.″
Defensive lineman Dave Rebar is sure the No. 21 Orangemen won’t collapse this year.
``We’re going to win everything,″ he said after Syracuse beat West Virginia 22-0 Saturday. ``I don’t care if it’s by one point or 30 points, we’re going to win.
``I’m a senior now and I’ve been humble all my life. I’m tired of being humble. We’re going 10-1.″
Syracuse is 6-1 overall and leads the Big East with a 3-0 record. The Big East champion earns an automatic berth in one of the bowl alliance games (Fiesta, Sugar or Orange).
The Orangemen play three of their final four games on the road, at Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh and Miami. Their only home game is Nov. 18 against Boston College.
``We control our destiny just like we did last year,″ fullback Terry Morris said. ``Now we have to step up in the month of November.″
Florida State and Nebraska remained 1-2 in Sunday’s Associated Press poll, the same rankings they have had all season.
The Seminoles (7-0) received 34 first-place votes and 1,512 points after beating Georgia Tech 42-10. The Cornhuskers (7-0) got 20 firsts and 1,495 points after spoiling Kansas State’s perfect record with a 49-25 victory.
No. 3 Florida (6-0), which didn’t play Saturday, was first on three ballots. The other five first-place votes went to No. 4 Ohio State (7-0), which defeated Purdue 28-0.
Rounding out the Top 10 were Tennessee (6-1), Kansas (7-0), Colorado (6-1), Northwestern (6-1), Michigan (6-1) and Oregon (6-1).
Northwestern climbed three spots after beating Wisconsin 35-0. It is the Wildcats’ first Top 10 ranking since 1963.
Tennessee was off Saturday. Kansas beat Oklahoma 38-17, Colorado outscored Iowa State 50-28, Michigan defeated Indiana 34-17 and Oregon downed Washington State 26-7.
Auburn was 11th, followed by Notre Dame, Southern Cal, Kansas State, Texas, Penn State, Washington, Alabama, Texas A&M, Virginia, Syracuse, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, UCLA and Iowa.
Notre Dame rose five places after handing Southern Cal its first defeat, 38-10. The Fighting Irish (6-2) had fallen to No. 23 three weeks ago after losing to Ohio State.
Southern Cal and Oklahoma each plunged eight notches, while Kansas State dropped six spots. Virginia fell six places after losing to Texas 17-16, and Iowa dropped seven spots following a 41-27 loss to Penn State.
UCLA, which was ranked earlier this season, moved back into the Top 25 after defeating Stanford 42-28.
Dropping out of the Top 25 were Stanford and Wisconsin. Stanford was 23rd last week and Wisconsin was 24th.