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The Cardinals are one of three teams ranked this week for the first time this season, joining No. 22 North Carolina and No. 23 Michigan State.
The Tar Heels (4-1) beat Connecticut 38-12 to move into the rankings for the first time since Oct. 28, 2001.
Pittsburgh, which started the season ranked and dropped out after losing its opening game, is back in the Top 25. The Panthers are No. 24 after upsetting South Florida 26-21 on Thursday night in Tampa.
Dropping out of the poll after losses were Fresno State, Oregon, Connecticut and Wisconsin, which dropped its second straight game, 20-17 at home to Ohio State.
The second 10 starts with No. 11 Florida, followed by Ohio State, and Vanderbilt moved up six spots to No. 13, it's best ranking since being 13th in 1956.
No. 14 Utah and Boise State round out the first 15.
No. 16 Kansas, is followed by Big 12 rival Oklahoma State, Virginia Tech, South Florida and Auburn.
The Big 12 and Southeastern Conference each have six teams in the poll.
No. 21 is Wake Forest, followed by the four newcomers.
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