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Boise State gains in BCS standings

cool it, coach: That’s what Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman plans to tell coach Bo Pelini, right, who spent Saturday yelling at officials and his players during a loss at Texas A&M.

Associated Press

cool it, coach: That’s what Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman plans to tell coach Bo Pelini, right, who spent Saturday yelling at officials and his players during a loss at Texas A&M.

NEW YORK — Boise State pushed closer to third-place TCU in the BCS standings released Sunday and seems primed to pass the Horned Frogs with one more big victory.

Oregon and Auburn remained at the top of the standings. Both were off last week, as was TCU.

Boise State routed Fresno State 51-0 Friday night, which helped the Broncos gain support in both the Harris and coaches' polls. Boise State was already third in both polls, a spot ahead of TCU, last week, and extended their points lead over the Horned Frogs.

Boise State's computer ranking also went up this week to fifth for a BCS average of .8860.

TCU is fourth in both polls and third in the computer rankings with a BCS average of .8995.

TCU has one game left, against weak New Mexico. Boise State has two games, starting Friday at Nevada, which is 19th in the latest standings.

Oregon and Auburn have tough opponents left on their schedules and if either drops a game Boise State or TCU would become the first team from a conference without an automatic BCS bid to play in the BCS national title game.

Oregon plays Arizona and Oregon State. Auburn plays Alabama and South Carolina in the SEC Championship Game.

Even if the title game is out, the Broncos and Horned Frogs are competing for a BCS bid that could be to the Rose Bowl.

The Pac-10 remained the top-ranked conference in the Sagarin Ratings, followed by the SEC, Big 12 and Big Ten.

polls: Florida State moved back into the Associated Press poll at No. 22 as Miami fell out, and the Sunshine State avoided being without a team in the Top 25 for the first time since 1982.

Southern California dropped out, and Nebraska took the biggest fall, from No. 9 to 16th after a 9-6 loss at Texas A&M.

boston college: Running back Montel Harris' status for this week against Syracuse is uncertain. BC's leading rusher sustained cartilage damage in his left knee against Virginia.

colorado: Former Oregon coach Mike Bellotti had expressed interest in the Buffaloes' opening, but told the Denver Post he is not a candidate because the timing isn't right and he isn't sure about the fit.

Georgia: Freshman quarterback Aaron Murray, a former Plant standout, is recovering from a bruised knee and a bruised sternum and coach Mark Richt hopes he can practice today. Richt said a rivalry with Georgia Tech is more important for this week's game than becoming bowl eligible. "It's most important because we're playing Georgia Tech," Richt said. "I really mean that. That's the motivating factor for me regardless of whether or not it has bowl implications for us."

Kent State: Coach Doug Martin is resigning effective after the final game Friday against Ohio. His record is 28-53 in seven seasons.

Nebraska: Chancellor Harvey Perlman said coach Bo Pelini's verbal assault of officials during Saturday's loss did not reflect well on the university or the football program. "I think it was very unfortunate," Perlman said, "and I think it's something we'll have to address with Bo." Perlman spoke Sunday morning with athletic director Tom Osborne about Pelini's conduct, and wouldn't speculate on possible discipline. Pelini, who was called for unsportsmanlike conduct and also ripped into quarterback Taylor Martinez on the sideline, declined comment. The Cornhuskers can still clinch the Big 12 North by beating Colorado on Friday.

Notre Dame: Linebacker Manti Te'o, by far the team's leading tackler, had a broken nose set Sunday and was cleared to play Saturday against Southern California.

Tennessee: Quarterback Doak Raulston was suspended after he was charged with DUI early Saturday. The redshirt freshman is sitting out the season after transferring from Louisiana Tech.

USC: Coach Lane Kiffin hopes Matt Barkley will play against Notre Dame after X-rays on the quarterback's sprained left ankle showed no broken bones. Barkley missed the second half of a loss at Oregon State with a high ankle sprain. Mitch Mustain will start if Barkley can't play. In other news, the Trojans have no update from the NCAA on the status of tailback Dillon Baxter, who was left home after accepting a ride in a golf cart from a USC student who might be an agent.

rob lytle dies: Rob Lytle, an All-America running back at Michigan who scored a touchdown in the 1978 Super Bowl as a Broncos rookie, died at age 56. He had a heart attack Saturday night in Fremont, Ohio, Memorial Hospital spokeswoman Chasity O'Neill said.

"He was a special guy who was a mentor to me,'' former Michigan teammate Rick Leach said. "He was one of the toughest guys I ever played with and one of the best leaders."

Lytle finished third in voting for the Heisman Trophy — behind Pittsburgh's Tony Dorsett and USC's Ricky Bell — in 1976 when he was the Big Ten's MVP and an All-American. He helped the Wolverines win three Big Ten titles and ran for 3,317 yards, a school record at the time — and scored 26 touchdowns. He later was a bank vice president in Fremont.

Late Saturday

Utah 38, San Diego St. 34: Jordan Wynn threw for a career-high 362 yards and Greg Bird's blocked punt set up the go-ahead score for the host Utes. The Utes were trailing 34-31 in the fourth quarter when Bird blocked Brian Stahovic's punt and Utah took over at the 3. Eddie Wide scored from the 1 three plays later to give Utah its first lead.

Boise State gains in BCS standings 11/21/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 1:23pm]
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