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BCS boosts Wisconsin, Oklahoma

Wisconsin is on the verge of its first trip to the Rose Bowl since January 2000 after the Badgers stayed ahead of Ohio State and Michigan State in Sunday's BCS standings, and Oklahoma is headed back to the Big 12 title game to face Nebraska after winning a tiebreaker based on the standings.

Wisconsin, Ohio State and Michigan State shared the Big Ten title at 7-1 in the league and 11-1 overall. Wisconsin was No. 5 in the BCS on Sunday, with Ohio State No. 6 and Michigan State No. 8. The final BCS standings come out next weekend, and all three have finished their regular seasons.

The Sooners were ninth, with Oklahoma State 14th and Texas A&M 18th. The three are tied atop the Big 12 South with 6-2 conference records.

Oklahoma overcame Oklahoma State 47-41 Saturday night. In the final 3:03, OU's Landry Jones passed to Cameron Kenny for an 86-yard touchdown and to tight end James Hanna for a 76-yard TD. Those were sandwiched around an 89-yard kickoff return for a TD by OSU's Justin Gilbert.

Auburn and Oregon switched places at the top of the BCS standings, with the Tigers slipping by the Ducks into first, but both remain on track to play for the national championship Jan. 10 in Glendale, Ariz. Auburn plays South Carolina in the SEC Championship Game on Saturday, and Oregon plays at Oregon State.

It is the first time since the system was instituted in 1998 that the No. 1 team dropped in the final four weeks without losing.

"I go by the eyeball test," said analyst Chris Spielman, who worked Wisconsin's game against Northwestern. "When I look at one-loss teams, I look at Wisconsin playing the best football right now."

Wisconsin's likely opponent in the Rose Bowl remains TCU (12-0), champion of the Mountain West Conference. The Horned Frogs remained No. 3 in the BCS standings and could move into the BCS title game.

However, ESPN analyst Brad Edwards suggested that Auburn (12-0) could finish ahead of TCU in the final BCS standings even with a loss in the SEC title game.

"I think the only team that can keep them out of the national championship game if 1 or 2 loses, is Auburn," he said. "They're not getting jumped by Stanford or Wisconsin. Oregon is too weak in the computers with a loss."

Stanford took the fourth spot, likely locking up a spot in one of the five big-money games.

Arkansas is seventh and is in good shape for its first BCS bid, with the Sugar Bowl a possibility.

Boise State (11-1) fell to No. 11 from No. 3 after losing Friday night at Nevada.

In the Associated Press poll, FSU moved up to No. 20, and Boise fell out of the Top 5 for the first time, to No. 9.

Indiana: Coach Bill Lynch was fired one day after he became the first Hoosiers coach to win at Purdue since Bill Mallory in 1996. Lynch was 19-30 in four seasons (5-7 this year), with a bowl appearance in 2007. Former Bucs and Colts coach Tony Dungy will help with the search for a successor.

south carolina: Quarterback Stephen Garcia sustained a sore right hand Saturday against Clemson, but he is expected to be okay for the SEC title game.

Volleyball: Florida, the No. 1 overall seed, plays South Carolina State at 7:30 Friday, and FSU plays Georgia Southern at 5 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Both matches are in Gainesville; the winners meet at 7:30 Saturday. Miami plays at Indiana on Friday, time TBA, with the winner playing the winner of Tennessee vs. Alabama A&M. The other top seeds in the tournament are No. 2 Nebraska, No. 3 Stanford and No. 4 Penn State.

BCS boosts Wisconsin, Oklahoma 11/28/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 29, 2010 12:04am]
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