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BCS standings a little clearer

Alabama running back Trent Richardson scores during the third quarter Saturday, when the No. 2 Tide broke open a close game against Tennessee to set up a monster game of unbeatens against No. 1 LSU in two weeks.

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Alabama running back Trent Richardson scores during the third quarter Saturday, when the No. 2 Tide broke open a close game against Tennessee to set up a monster game of unbeatens against No. 1 LSU in two weeks.

NEW YORK — Oklahoma State moved up to third in the BCS standings, replacing rival Oklahoma as the team behind LSU and Alabama best positioned to reach the national title game.

Two championship contenders lost for the first time Saturday, when Oklahoma and Wisconsin went down.

That cleared some traffic atop the standings and left Oklahoma State, fourth-place Boise State, fifth-place Clemson and sixth-place Stanford in a tight race.

First-place LSU and second-place Alabama play Nov. 5 in Tuscaloosa (8 p.m., Ch. 10). The winner will have the inside track to reach the BCS Championship Game in New Orleans.

"It is going to be one of the best games ever," LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery said. "Basketball, football, video games, whatever — it is going to be the most competitive thing that I have ever been a part of. These guys (Alabama) are just like us. They are big, fast and strong. Two great teams are going to be facing each other."

Conference realignment: Missouri, reportedly close to leaving the Big 12 for the SEC, might accept an informal invitation today. Missouri chancellor Brady Deaton is scheduled to meet with others on the Big 12 board of directors in Dallas, perhaps for a face-to-face farewell. The Kansas City Star reported that West Virginia, now in the Big East, has become the favorite to join the Big 12 if Missouri leaves.

Georgia: Mark Richt said his team is in good shape for Saturday's game against Florida in Jacksonville, with receiver Malcolm Mitchell and inside linebacker Alec Ogletree returning from injuries. Receiver Rantavious Wooten has not been cleared from a concussion. Ogletree is making his return after breaking his foot in the first game. Inside linebacker, Christian Robinson hurt his foot the following week. Now both original starters are healthy.

Montana state: Stun guns were used to subdue quarterback Gerald Kemp and cornerback Trumaine Johnson after they scuffled with police officers who responded to a noise complaint at about 2:40 a.m. Sunday. Both players bonded out of the Missoula County Jail on misdemeanor charges.

Late Saturday

Texas tech 41, oklahoma 38: Seth Doege threw for 441 yards and four touchdowns, and the Red Raiders snapped the Sooners' 39-game home winning streak. OU dropped to 75-3 at Owen Field in coach Bob Stoops' 13 years, also losing to Oklahoma State and TCU.

"When you go on the road and beat a No. 1 team, it is really special, almost impossible to do," Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said.

It was sweet for Tuberville, whose undefeated 2004 Auburn team got shut out of the BCS title game by USC and Oklahoma.

The Sooners aren't out of the title race, with remaining games at Kansas State this week and Oklahoma State on Dec. 3.

"Long ways to go, anything can happen," Oklahoma receiver Ryan Broyles said after the loss. "It's a long season."

Women's soccer: Redshirt junior Tiffany McCarty became FSU's all-time goal scoring leader in a 4-2 win over visiting Miami. McCarty, from Laurel, Md., has 41 goals to surpass Cindy Schofield.

BCS standings a little clearer 10/23/11 [Last modified: Sunday, October 23, 2011 11:51pm]
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