Notre Dame, coming off its second close victory in as many games this season, barely retained the top spot Sunday in the United Press International college football ratings.

The Fighting Irish remained only two points ahead of No. 2 Florida State in the latest balloting by the UPI Board of Coaches, despite holding a wide advantage in first-place votes.Auburn received four first-place votes to remain third, while No. 4 Brigham Young was at the top of two ballots after its 62-34 victory over San Diego State.

Idle Tennessee moved up one spot to fifth in the wake of Southern Cal's loss to Washington, and No. 6 Nebraska received the final first-place vote in advancing one place.

No. 7 Michigan rebounded three places after a 38-15 victory over UCLA, while No. 8 Virginia and No. 9 Miami exchanged places. The Cavaliers blitzed

Duke 59-0 and the Hurricanes were idle.

Texas A&M broke into the Top 10 following a 40-8 triumph over North Texas, and No. 11 Washington advanced five places after its 31-0 whitewashing of Southern Cal.


POLL UPI's Top Ten

1. Notre Dame (2-0)

2. Florida State (3-0)

3. Auburn (2-0)

4. Brigham Young (4-0)

5. Tennessee (3-0-1)

6. Nebraska (3-0)

7. Michigan (1-1)

8. Virginia (4-0)

9. Miami (1-1)

10. Texas A&M (3-0)