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    The Big Ten has four teams in the top 10 of The Associated Press college football poll during the regular season for the first time since 1960, and No. 24 Western Michigan is ranked for the first time in school history.No. 8 Wisconsin and No. 10 Nebraska joined No. 2 Ohio State and No. 4 Michigan in the first 10 of the AP Top 25 released Monday. The poll release was delayed one day because two FBS games were postponed until Sunday due to Hurricane Matthew.Alabama remains No. 1. The Crimson Tide received 56 first-place votes. Ohio State and No. 3 Clemson each received two first-place votes. Michigan had one first-place vote.Washington was fifth as the top five went unchanged after all had decisive victories last weekend.---POLL POINTSThe Big Ten had four teams ranked in the top 10 in the preseason poll of 1999, but the last time it happened during the regular season was Oct. 3, 1960, with No. 3 Iowa, No. 4 Illinois, No. 5 Ohio State and No. 7 Purdue.INNo. 24 Western Michigan is 6-0 for the first time since 1941 and is in position to contend for a spot in a New Years Six bowl. The Broncos have already beaten two Big Ten teams (Northwestern and Illinois). This season has continued as a steady rise for the Broncos since coach P.J. Fleck, who at 35 is the second-youngest head coach in the FBS, took over in 2013 and went 1-11. WMU was 8-5 the past two seasons, reaching bowl games in consecutive seasons for the first time in school history.Of course it means something. I think it matters a lot, Fleck said Monday. Internally, we play it down a lot because where you are right now doesnt mean you have the right to be there tomorrow.What I do love it for is our community, Fleck said. This is a 109-year history of our program, weve never been ranked. This city of Kalamazoo is a special place. We have an incredible institution with an amazing student body. And incredible faculty and professors that deserve to have a top-25 football program. And now they have one. They can say they have one.- No. 23 Auburn is ranked for the first time this season.- No. 25 Navy is ranked after upsetting Houston 46-40 on Saturday.OUT- Stanford dropped out of the rankings for the first time since early in the 2015 season.- North Carolina is out again after losing at home to Virginia Tech 34-3.- After a two-week stay, Colorado dropped out after losing at USC.UP- No. 14 Florida State has been all over the rankings through the first six weeks of the regular season. After dropping to No. 23 last week, the Seminoles jumped nine spots after beating Miami.- No. 17 Virginia Tech moved up eight spots after beating North Carolina. The Hokies are ranked in consecutive weeks for the first time since 2013.DOWN- No. 13 Houston slipped seven spots after losing its first game of the season.- No. 16 Miami dropped six.- No. 22 Arkansas fell six spots after losing to Alabama.CONFERENCE CALLThe SEC regained sole possession of the top of the conference standings after being matched by the ACC last week.SEC -- 7ACC -- 5Big Ten -- 4Big 12 -- 3Pac-12 -- 2. The last time the Pac-12 had only two teams ranked was Sept. 6, 2011.American -- 2Mountain West -- 1MAC -- 1RANKED vs. RANKEDNo. 1 Alabama at No. 9 Tennessee. The fourth ranked opponent in four weeks for the Volunteers is the toughest yet.No. 2 Ohio State at No. 8 Wisconsin. First regular-season meeting since 2013.No. 12 Mississippi at No. 22 Arkansas. 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LUBBOCK, Texas -- After shooting 61 percent from the floor in its season opener, Texas Techs offense was tepid early against North Texas.On the strength of Zach Smiths double-double (11 points and 11 rebounds) and an advantage in points off turnovers, the Red Raiders defeated the Mean Green 70-43 on Tuesday night.I think (Texas Tech coach Chris Beard) has been pushing me all week and all offseason to crash every time, Smith said. And it worked out for me tonight.Aaron Ross had 13 points and graduate transfer Anthony Livingston added nine points and seven rebounds for Texas Tech (2-0). The Red Raiders outscored North Texas 24-2 in points off turnovers -- North Texas committed 16 turnovers while Texas Tech had seven.Ross has such a diverse game, Beard said. He can do so many different things. In our zone offense, Im comfortable with him on the perimeter or inside. Defensively, he can guard four positions. My thing with Ross is, `How good do you want to be?Deckie Johnson led the Mean Green (1-1) with 13 points. A.J. Lawson finished with 10 points and Jeremy Combs added nine points.I think theyre an NCAA Tournament team, North Texas head coach Tony Benford said of Texas Tech. I think theyre really deep. Well-coached. Balanced. With their depth, they can wear you down. They turned us over a lot early.The Red Raiders outrebounded North Texas 46-37.We couldnt score, Benford said. You got to score. You got to get stops. At the end of the day, you got to score some points. We didnt score enough of them early on.BIG PICTURENorth Texas: The Mean Green did not lead Tuesday and felll to 1-7 all-time against Texas Tech.dddddddddddd They have one more Power Five conference opponent this season when they visit Rutgers on Nov. 23.Texas Tech: Under first year head coach Chris Beard, the Red Raiders count versatility and depth among their strengths. Five Texas Tech players are first-year transfers, three of which are graduate students. Against North Texas, 10 players scored.Doing repetitions on certain plays or certain transition plays, Texas Techs Justin Gray said. I think every game and every single practice that weve had, our chemistry has gotten a lot stronger.BACK TO LUBBOCKBenford was a four-year letter winner for the Red Raiders from 1983-86. Benford was a part of Texas Techs 1986 Southwest Conference title team and earned tournament MVP honors.As a young coach, (Benford) went out of his way to be nice to me in my career, Beard said. I think he might have been an assistant at New Mexico when I was a young junior college coach. Hes just a first class guy. Red Raiders support Red Raiders.STAT OF THE NIGHTTexas Tech outscored North Texas in the paint 36-16.UP NEXTNorth Texas returns home to host Drexel on Saturday. The Mean Green face teams from five states this month: Texas, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.Texas Tech has one more game -- Saturday at home against Eastern Kentucky -- before traveling to Mexico for the Cancun Challenge. At the tournament, it will face Auburn and then Purdue or Utah State. ' ' '