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Monday, October 31, 2005

WVU moves ahead of BC in major polls

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia moved ahead of Boston College in both of the major football polls Sunday.

The Mountaineers (6-1, 3-0 Big East), idle last week, moved up one notch to 16th in the USA Today/CNN rankings. But they remained No. 18 in The Associated Press poll.

BC (6-2), now in the Atlantic Coast Conference, dropped to 19th in both polls after its 30-10 loss to No. 3 Virginia Tech last Thursday night.

The Eagles had been ranked 13th by The AP and 11th by the USA Today coaches’ panel the previous Sunday.

Louisville (5-2, 1-2 Big East) returned to the rankings after an open date. The Cardinals are 24th in The AP’s poll and 25th in the other.

They had dropped out of the Top 25 following the 46-44 triple-overtime loss to WVU here Oct. 15.

Meanwhile, Rutgers (6-2, 3-1) continued to inch closer to being ranked by beating Navy 31-21 on Saturday. That made the Scarlet Knights bowl-eligible for the first time since 1992.

Rutgers received 12 points in the media poll to place third among unranked teams receiving votes. But it is ninth among the also-rans in the coaches’ poll.

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