Alabama, FSU stay 1-2 in BCS standings; Baylor moves up

ARLINGTON, Texas — A day after overcoming its first double-digit deficit of the season and turning that into another lopsided victory to stay undefeated, Baylor moved up a spot to third in Sunday's Associated Press football poll and up one spot to fourth in the BCS standings that determine the national title- game participants.

The AP poll ranking matches the Bears' highest ever, after a 6-0 start in 1953. The Bears (9-0, 6-0 Big 12) jumped ahead of Ohio State (10-0), which matched a school record with its 22nd win in a row. Two-time defending national champion Alabama and Florida State, both 10-0, stayed in the top two spots in the AP and coaches polls, and in the BCS standings.

Baylor extended its school-record winning streak to 13 with a 63-34 victory over Texas Tech.

Alabama remained the AP No. 1, with 55 first-place votes. Only six preseason No. 1 teams have had longer uninterrupted stays than the Tide, including Southern California in 2004 and Florida State in 1999, the only wire-to-wire champions.

Moving into the AP rankings were No. 23 Southern Cal, No. 24 Mississippi and No. 25 Duke. The Blue Devils were last ranked in December 1994.

Late Saturday: Andre Heidari kicked a 47-yard field goal with 19 seconds to play, and Southern Cal's defense came up big in a 20-17 upset of then-No. 5 Stanford. The Trojans (8-3, 5-2 Pac-12) have five wins in six games under interim coach Ed Orgeron. At least three fans went to the hospital after storming the field. … Robert Nelson returned his second interception 23 yards for a TD in the fourth quarter and No. 21 Arizona State (8-2, 6-1 Pac-12) beat visiting Oregon State 30-17.

USF wins AAC title

FRISCO, Texas — The USF men's soccer team earned a seventh consecutive berth in the NCAA tournament, beating UConn 6-5 in penalty kicks in the inaugural American Athletic Conference tournament.

Midfielder Duane Muckette scored the winner for the fifth-seeded Bulls (8-3-9), who got 10 saves from goalkeeper Brentton Muhammad against the top-seeded Huskies (11-2-6). Muhammad made three consecutive saves in the shootout, including stopping Kwame Awuah for the title.

Women's hockey: Minnesota's 62-game winning streak, the longest in women's and men's hockey history, ended with a 4-2 loss to visiting North Dakota. It was the Gophers' first loss since Feb. 17, 2012, 2-1 in overtime to North Dakota. The streak stretched over three seasons and included two national titles.

BCS standings

Harris USA Today Computer BCS

Rk Pts Pct Rk Pts Pct Rk Pct Avg Pv

 1. Alabama 1 2620 .9981 1 1544 .9961 t1 .980 .9914 1

 2. Florida St. 2 2517 .9589 2 1487 .9594 t1 .980 .9661 2

 3. Ohio St. 3 2375 .9048 3 1404 .9058 5 .850 .8869 3

 4. Baylor 4 2343 .8926 4 1386 .8942 t3 .870 .8856 5

 5. Oregon 5 2102 .8008 5 1231 .7942 6 .780 .7917 6

 6. Auburn 7 1967 .7493 7 1145 .7387 t3 .877 .7860 7

 7. Clemson 6 2019 .7691 6 1217 .7852 7 .750 .7681 8

 8. Missouri 8 1919 .7310 8 1129 .7284 t8 .710 .7231 9

 9. Stanford 11 1584 .6034 12 865 .5581 t8 .710 .6238 4

10. Oklahoma St. 9 1660 .6324 9 1030 .6645 14 .470 .5890 12

11. South Carolina 12 1459 .5558 11 882 .5690 10 .640 .5883 10

12. Texas A&M 10 1626 .6194 10 928 .5987 17 .400 .5394 11

13. Michigan St. 13 1269 .4834 13 729 .4703 15 .440 .4646 16

14. UCLA 15 1110 .4229 14 700 .4516 13 .510 .4615 13

15. Fresno St. 14 1126 .4290 16 622 .4013 16 .410 .4134 14

16. N. Illinois 18 864 .3291 21 418 .2697 12 .520 .3729 15

17. Arizona St. 22 570 .2171 22 352 .2271 11 .580 .3414 19

18. UCF 20 793 .3021 20 446 .2877 18 .320 .3033 17

19. Wisconsin 19 794 .3025 17 511 .3297 20 .240 .2907 22

20. Oklahoma 21 746 .2842 18 502 .3239 21 .220 .2760 18

21. Louisville 16 1010 .3848 15 627 .4045 26 .010 .2664 20

22. LSU 17 880 .3352 19 478 .3084 23 .150 .2645 21

23. Southern Cal 23 202 .0770 25 115 .0742 22 .170 .1070 NR

24. Mississippi 26 110 .0419 26 35 .0226 19 .250 .1048 NR

25. Minnesota 25 183 .0697 23 173 .1116 28 .000 .0604 NR

Alabama, FSU stay 1-2 in BCS standings; Baylor moves up 11/17/13 [Last modified: Monday, November 18, 2013 12:19am]

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