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Baylor climbs to No. 5 in AP college football poll, its best ranking since 1953

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    Baylor Bears running back Shock Linwood (32) runs past Kansas Jayhawks safety Isaiah Johnson (5) for a touchdown run in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Lawrence, Kan. Baylor won 59-14. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

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    Baylor Bears running back Lache Seastrunk, top, is hoisted into the air by Spencer Drango (58) after scoring in the first quarter Saturday in Lawrence, Kan.

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Baylor Bears running back Lache Seastrunk, top, is hoisted into the air by Spencer Drango (58) after scoring in the first quarter Saturday in Lawrence, Kan.

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Baylor climbs to No. 5 in The Associated Press college football poll, the best ranking for the Bears in 60 years.

The top four teams in the rankings all put on impressive displays Saturday and hold their spots today.

No. 1 Alabama received 55 first-place votes after beating Tennessee 45-10. No. 2 Oregon got three first-place votes following a 42-14 victory against UCLA. No. 3 Florida State pounded North Carolina State 49-17 and drew two first-place votes from the media panel. No. 4 Ohio State handed Penn State its worst loss in more than a century, 63-14.

Baylor beat Kansas 59-14 and moved up a spot after Missouri took its first loss. The only higher ranking for the Bears came in November 1953 when they were No. 3.

1. Alabama (55);8-0

2. Oregon (3);8-0

3. Florida St. (2)

4. Ohio St.;8-0

5. Baylor;7-0

6. Stanford;7-1

7. Miami;7-0

8. Auburn;7-1

9. Clemson;7-1

10. Missouri;7-1

11. LSU;7-2

12. Texas A&M;6-2

13. Oklahoma;7-1

14. South Carolina;6-2

15. Texas Tech;7-1

16. Fresno St.;7-0

17. UCLA;5-2

18. Oklahoma St.

19. UCF;6-1

20. Louisville;7-1

21. N. Illinois;8-0

22. Wisconsin;5-2

23. Michigan;6-1

24. Michigan St.;7-1

25. Arizona St.;5-2

Others receiving votes: Notre Dame 132, Georgia 24, BYU 22, Texas 22, Mississippi 21, Virginia Tech 20, Oregon St. 17, Florida 14, Washington 6, Ball St. 4, Minnesota 4, Arizona 2, Duke 2.

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