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Florida Gators fall to seventh in BCS standings

Linebacker Manti Te’o (5) and Notre Dame move to No. 3 in the BCS standings, up from fifth, after their 30-13 win over Oklahoma.

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Linebacker Manti Te’o (5) and Notre Dame move to No. 3 in the BCS standings, up from fifth, after their 30-13 win over Oklahoma.

Florida fell from second to seventh in the BCS standings Sunday after losing to Georgia, and Kansas State moved into second behind Alabama.

Notre Dame became the latest team to move past Oregon, taking third place. The Ducks remained fourth.

Alabama is locked in at No. 1, and if the Crimson Tide keeps winning, it will play for its third championship in four years. The Wildcats, Fighting Irish and Ducks need to remain unbeaten. The computer ratings are still holding the Ducks back because their strength of schedule lags behind the other contenders'.

Five of the top eight teams are from the SEC. It's the first time in BCS history five schools from the same conference are ranked this high.

Florida State's win over Duke moved it up three spots, from 12th to ninth. FSU is back in the top 10 for the first time since October 2005.

In the Associated Press poll, the Gators dropped from No. 3 to 8, and FSU moved up to No. 9 from 11. Alabama remained No. 1, getting all 60 first-place votes, followed by Oregon, Kansas State, Notre Dame and LSU.

Lattimore dislocates knee

South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore dislocated his right knee and sustained ligament damage against Tennessee, but coach Steve Spurrier believes the junior could eventually return to football.

Team doctor Jeffrey Guy said Lattimore's knee was hyperextended, which resulted in injuries to several ligaments. But there were no fractures, broken bones or other injuries, and Lattimore's surgically repaired left knee from torn ligaments last year was not affected, he said in a statement. "Marcus has already begun the process of prehabilitation prior to surgery and to his eventual return to football," the statement said.

Lattimore has not used a redshirt season, so he could take one next year and return to the Gamecocks in 2014.

"He knows what the road ahead is," said Spurrier, who visited Lattimore on Sunday and said the player had a good attitude. "We're all hoping and praying he'll be back."

In the second quarter against the Vols, Lattimore was wrapped up from behind on a 2-yard run when defensive back Eric Gordon came in low. Lattimore's right leg flopped over and slammed against the turf.

University President Harris Pastides visited with Lattimore on Sunday and said a rally would be held in the player's honor on campus today.

Senior Kenny Miles will be South Carolina's starter. Lattimore finishes with 662 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Gator facing charges: Redshirt freshman offensive lineman Trip Thurman, 20, is facing misdemeanor charges of having a fake ID and possession of alcohol stemming from a Sept. 27 arrest at a country music concert in Gainesville, the Miami Herald reported. Thurman has played in three games this season, mostly on special teams. The school did not respond to a Herald request for comment. Thurman is the 11th player to be arrested since Will Muschamp took over for Urban Meyer as coach in 2011.

Michigan: Quarterback Denard Robinson injured a nerve in his right (throwing) elbow against Nebraska, leaving him unable to grip the ball. Coach Brady Hoke said he wasn't concerned about Robinson's availability for Saturday against Minnesota.

Maryland: The team has lost a fourth quarterback to a season-ending injury. Freshman Caleb Rowe tore an anterior cruciate ligament against Boston College, coach Randy Edsall said. Either converted linebacker Shawn Petty or converted tight end Brian McMahon will start Saturday against Georgia Tech.

basketball: Wisconsin, ranked 23rd in the preseason AP poll, lost starting point guard Josh Gasser for the season when he tore his left ACL in practice Saturday.

Florida Gators fall to seventh in BCS standings 10/28/12 [Last modified: Monday, October 29, 2012 12:42am]
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