Unbeaten and unsung Georgia Tech took a significant step toward a possible national championship today by jumping over Miami and moving into second place in The Associated Press college football poll.

Although Miami stomped Syracuse 33-7 and Georgia Tech was idle Saturday, the Yellow Jackets rose one spot and the Hurricanes fell one notch to third in the national survey of sports writers and broadcasters.Colorado (10-1-1), which has completed its regular season, remained No. 1 with 41 first-place votes and 1,468 points.

The unexpected shuffling puts Tech in better position to win the national title if Colorado loses to Notre Dame in the Orange Bowl and the Yellow Jackets beat Georgia and Nebraska, their New Year's Day opponent in the Citrus Bowl.

Until now, it was assumed that Miami would win the national championship if it beat Texas in the Cotton Bowl and Colorado lost in the Orange. The Hurricanes, who have a game remaining at San Diego State, might still leapfrog over Tech if they both win the rest of their games because fifth-ranked Texas (9-1) is considered a stronger bowl opponent than No. 19 Nebraska (9-2).

But by moving ahead of Miami in the poll, Tech can now claim it is the logical choice to replace Colorado as the No. 1 team if the Buffaloes lose.

Brigham Young, which will play Texas A&M in the Holiday Bowl, remained fourth after beating Utah State 45-10. The Cougars (10-1) received three first-place votes and 1,275 points to edge Texas, which rose from sixth to fifth with three first-place votes and 1,260 points.