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LSU, Cal lose; USF ranked No. 2?

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The upsets continue all around USF, as No. 2 California has taken its first loss, 31-28, at the hands of unranked Oregon State, joining top-ranked LSU as this week's upset victims.

Those two losses leave No. 3 Ohio State as the new No. 1, but No. 5 USF's dominating 64-12 win against Central Florida, coupled with No. 4 Boston College's lackluster 27-14 win against Notre Dame, means the Bulls will be ranked third -- if not second -- in the new Associated Press rankings due out Sunday.

And Louisville's 28-24 upset of No. 15 Cincinnati hurts the Bulls because it lessens what would have been the biggest remaining game on USF's schedule. It does, however, make USF the only undefeated team in the Big East, with Connecticut (1-0) as the only other team without a conference loss.

It's also a huge boost for USF's national championship hopes, as the Bulls will likely be ranked second or third in the first official BCS standings, also released Sunday. Every loss by a high-ranking team makes it more likely that an undefeated USF team would be able to play for the national championship.

The list of unbeatens in college football took a major hit Saturday, as LSU, California, Missouri, Cincinnati and Connecticut all took their first losses, leaving only six undefeated teams. Arizona State has a late game on the West coast tonight.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 11:43am]

    

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