AP Top 25: Miami jumps to No. 2 behind Alabama; UGA at No. 7

Miami quarterback Malik Rosier (12) is congratulated by Christopher Herndon IV (23) after running for a touchdown during a game against Notre Dame on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)



Miami at No. 2,

UGA falls to No. 7

Miami is back at No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll, the Hurricanes’ best ranking since 2003.

The undefeated Hurricanes leaped five spots from No. 7 after routing Notre Dame on Saturday night. Alabama remained No. 1, where it has been since the preseason, getting 57 first-place votes. Miami received the other four first-place votes.

Auburn moved up to No. 6 after beating Georgia. The Bulldogs fell from second to seventh. TCU dropped out of the top 10 after losing at Oklahoma.

Oklahoma moved up to two spots to No. 3, jumping Clemson, which remained No. 4. Unbeaten Wisconsin moved up a spot to No. 5.

Three match-ups of top-10 teams on Saturday produced lopsided victories for the home teams, including Miami over Notre Dame. The Irish dropped six spots to No. 9.

The Atlantic Coast Conference is finally getting the Miami it invited to join the league back in the early 2000s. In the four seasons before the Hurricanes entered the ACC in 2004, they went 46-4, won a national championship, nearly won another, were ranked as high as No. 2 in the country each season and never finished lower than fifth.

When the Hurricanes were placed in the Coastal Division, opposite Florida State and Clemson in the Atlantic, the conventional wisdom was that they would routinely reach the league championship game and give the ACC a perennial national championship contender to go along with Florida State.

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

Alabama notched its 101st appearance at No. 1 in the AP poll, matching Oklahoma for second most behind Ohio State’s 105. 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.


Savannah State defeats

S.C. State in five sets

Senior setter Alee Quint and freshman outside hitter Amanda Rullan Vilanova each recorded a double-double as the Savannah State women’s volleyball team defeated South Carolina State 3-2 in the season finale Sunday in Willcox-Wiley Gymnasium. Set scores were 25-15, 22-25, 22-25, 25-21, 15-11.

SSU’s (4-24, 2-8 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) four wins are its most since 2014, with all wins coming against Division I opponents — the most in school history in one season.

S.C. State finished 1-26, 0-10 in the MEAC.

Quint led the team with 31 assists and added a career-high 12 digs for her third career double-double, while Rullan Vilanova had a match-high and career-high 16 digs and added 10 kills for her first collegiate double-double. Quint added a match-high and a career-high five service aces and Rullan Vilanova added a career-high four assists, a service ace and a block.

Freshman middle blocker Tyran Chenault led the Lady Tigers with a career-high 15 kills with four blocks, while junior outside hitter Jennifer Rosado added 11 kills and led the team with a game-high and a career-high six blocks, which is tied for third-most in school history, and added three assists and four digs.


• Nathan Dominitz, 912-652-0350, nathan.dominitz@savannahnow.com

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