COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Georgia Southern earns FCS playoff spot; not many changes in AP Top 25, BCS polls

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) -- Georgia Southern is heading back to the playoffs.

The Eagles (7-4) were among 20 teams selected Sunday for the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. They will host South Carolina State (9-2) next weekend.

Georgia Southern is a six-time national champion but will be making its first playoff appearance since 2005. The Eagles have been through three coaches since then, turning to Jeff Monken this season.

The playoffs seemed out of reach when the Eagles stood at 4-4. But they closed with a three-game winning streak, including an upset of top-ranked Appalachian State. That was enough to earn an at-large bid and the team's first home playoff game in six years.

The winner of Saturday's contest plays at William & Mary on Dec. 4.



NEW YORK (AP) -- Florida State moved back into The Associated Press football poll as Miami fell out, and for another week the Sunshine State avoided being without a team in the Top 25 for the first time since 1982.

With three of the top four teams taking the week off, the top of the poll was virtually unchanged Sunday. Oregon is No. 1, followed by Auburn, Boise State and TCU.

Only the Broncos played, beating Fresno State 51-0 on Friday night at home.

No. 5 Wisconsin flip-flopped with No. 6 LSU. No. 7 was Stanford, followed by Ohio State, Alabama and Oklahoma State at No. 10.

No. 22 Florida State (8-3) twice has dropped out of the rankings, but is back in after two straight victories. Miami has yo-yoed in and out of the Top 25 this season and Florida has also dropped out twice.

The Hurricanes (7-4) lost 31-17 at home to Virginia Tech on Saturday to fall out of the rankings for the third time this season.

Florida (7-4) dropped out last week after losing to South Carolina. Central Florida also spent a week in the rankings.

Since the final 1982 poll, which included no teams from the state of Florida, the Hurricanes, Gators and Seminoles have combined for a total 10 AP national titles.

Over the past four polls, no more than one of those perennial powerhouses has been ranked in the AP poll.

North Carolina State also moved back into the rankings at No. 21. The Wolfpack and Seminoles are in a tight race for the ACC's Atlantic Division title.

Southern California, another team that used to be a fixture but has been in and out of the rankings much of this season, dropped out after losing 36-7 at Oregon State.

The second 10 starts with Michigan State, followed by Arkansas, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma and Missouri.

Nebraska took the biggest fall this week, dropping from No. 9 to 16th after a 9-6 loss at Texas A&M. The Aggies are No. 17, while South Carolina, Nevada and Arizona round out the top 20.

Joining N.C. State and Florida State in the final five were No. 23 Utah, No. 24 Iowa and No. 25 Mississippi State.