AP Top 25: Miami Up to No. 2 After Routing Notre Dame

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In the four seasons before the Hurricanes entered the ACC in 2004, they went 46-4, won a national championship, almost won another, were ranked as high as No. 2 in the country each season and never finished lower than fifth.

That's exactly what Miami experienced against a bitter rival on Saturday, blowing the doors off of Hard Rock Stadium and beating Notre Dame 41-8.

Last week's college football games lived up to the hype, packed with head-to-head matchups by AP Top 25 teams that resulted in upsets, a insane finish and surprising blowouts. Oklahoma 4. Clemson 5.

It's pretty clear here, looking back at the tape, that the Notre Dame fans came out ahead in this fracas. The Hurricanes wrapped up the Coastal Division title about an hour before kickoff when Virginia's loss to Louisville went final, giving Miami a berth against Clemson in the ACC title matchup on December 2 at Charlotte.

Since then, Miami has never reached the ACC title game or finished better than 11th in the final AP rankings.

No. 10 Auburn blew out No. 1 Georgia, No. 2 Alabama squeaked by MS, and No. 7 Miami dominated No. 3 Notre Dame. The Tide should take over sole possession next week after its plays Mercer and could match the Buckeyes if it runs the table as No. 1 this season.

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The bruising, battering Canes (9-0, 6-0 ACC) made the Fighting Irish (8-2) look like pacifists, eliciting chants of "Over-rated" and "It's Great to be a Miami Hurricane" by the fourth quarter and probably making old-timers think they were witnessing the 2001 Canes.

"We just have had one mission, and that is to play to a standard, and we didn't live up to that standard last night, you know, a standard of excellence that we've had since day one, "said Kelly when asked how the team moves forward after the loss". Penn State 14. UCF 15.

- No. 22 Michigan State tumbled nine spots after being blown out at Ohio State. A chance for a No. 1 ranking existed with a strong performance against Miami, now a bad one has left them in limbo with games against Navy and No. 20 Stanford.

- No. 21 LSU has been back and forth for most of the season.

- Virginia Tech fell out for the first time this season after a losing its second straight game.