Oregon's Devon Allen, left, celebrates with teammate Dwayne Stanford after scoring in the 3rd quarter against Michigan State in their NCAA college football game in Eugene, Oregon, Saturday Sept. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Pietsch)
Chris Pietsch
September 07, 2014

After impressive performances in two of the young season's most attractive nonconference showdowns, Oregon jumps to No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll behind No. 1 Florida State - and ahead of No. 3 Alabama - and Virginia Tech vaults into the rankings at No. 17.

The Ducks pulled away late from Michigan State on Saturday at Autzen Stadium in Eugene to beat the Spartans 46-27. Oregon receives 16 first-place votes from the media panel.

Florida State has 38 first-place votes.

Alabama slipped one spot. No. 4 Oklahoma receives two first-place votes. No. 5 Auburn, No. 6 Georgia and No. 7 Texas A&M give the Southeastern Conference four of the top seven.

Michigan State slipped six spots to 13th.

Big Ten rival Ohio State dropped to 22nd after losing 35-21 at home to Virginia Tech, which is ranked for the first time since the middle of last season.

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