Virginia wide receiver Derek Dooley says he's a bit wary of the Cavaliers' No. 7 ranking in the latest Associat
AP Polled Press college football poll."If you let the ranking get to your head, then it's going to cost you," Dooley said Monday after Virginia jumped to its highest spot ever in the weekly poll. "It's cost a lot of teams in the past and it will always cost a lot of teams because they start believing they are better and they forget how they got to that ranking."
With that caveat, the son of Georgia athletic director Vince Dooley said maybe the unbeaten Cavaliers can turn their newfound national prominence into a positive.
"It can help you if you look at the ranking and use it as a source of pride and try to improve each week and focus each week on the game at hand," Dooley said.
Virginia got to the seventh spot with a 59-0 whipping of Duke. The Cavaliers, who earlier this season notched their first victory over Clemson in 30 tries, have outscored their four opponents 194-31. They leaped three spots from last week's No. 10 to top their best previous ranking of No. 9 in 1949 and 1952.
Meanwhile, Notre Dame received 43 first-place votes and 1,478 points from a nationwide panel of sports writers and broadcasters and held onto its No. 1 ranking for the third consecutive week.
Florida State is second, followed by Auburn and Brigham Young. The Seminoles, who beat Tulane 31-13, got 11 first-place votes and 1,397 points.
Auburn and BYU each received three first-place votes, but the Tigers outdrew the Cougars 1,384 votes to 1,261. Auburn had the week off and BYU beat San Diego State 62-34.
Tennessee is fifth, followed by Michigan, Virginia, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Miami, Texas A&M, Washington, Houston, Illinois, Ohio State, Arizona, Florida, Southern Cal, Clemson and Colorado. Rounding out the Top 25 are Arizona State, Michigan State, Arkansas, Fresno State and South Carolina.
Miami, which did not play, fell one spot to No. 10.
Southern Cal and Arkansas plummeted in the rankings after suffering their first losses.
Southern Cal dropped 13 places to No. 18 after getting blanked by Washington 31-0 and Arkansas fell 10 notches to No. 23 following a 21-17 loss to Mississippi.
Fresno State and South Carolina moved into the rankings for the first time this season, replacing Texas and Pittsburgh.
Fresno rose to No. 24 after beating New Mexico State 42-3. South Carolina moved up to No. 25 after downing Virginia Tech 35-24.
Texas, 22nd last week, is 1-1 after losing to Colorado 29-22.