Florida Gators gain in BCS, AP polls

NEW YORK — Florida tightened its grip on second place in the BCS standings released Sunday, and in the Associated Press poll it got the lone first-place vote that didn't go to Alabama.

In the BCS, Kansas State moved ahead of Oregon to No. 3. The Ducks are No. 2 in the AP and coaches polls, but their BCS computer ratings are lagging.

The Crimson Tide, No. 1 in the AP poll, is still solidly in first in the BCS, and Florida was rewarded for a 44-11 win over South Carolina on Saturday. The Gators, ranked No. 3 in the AP poll, are tops in the BCS's computer ratings, and Kansas State is second.

In the AP poll, Doug Lesmerises of Cleveland's Plain Dealer gave UF a first-place vote, saying of the win over South Carolina: "That gave the Gators three wins over very good opponents, while Alabama still has that opening win over Michigan and then blowouts of lesser teams.''

UF VS. GEORGIA: Florida can clinch the SEC East and a spot in the SEC title game by beating Georgia on Saturday in Jacksonville (3:30, Ch. 10). If the Bulldogs win, they could wrap up the East with victories over visiting Mississippi and at Auburn.

Georgia's struggling defense likely will be missing end Abry Jones, who hurt his left ankle Saturday against Kentucky, but outside linebacker Jarvis Jones (right ankle sprain) is expected back after sitting out Saturday.

Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray said Georgia's season will be defined by the Florida game, not the margin of victory (29-24) against UK.

"We're not worried about it," the former Plant High standout said. "At the end of the day, it all depends on how we play next Saturday. We know we have to play an unbelievable game offensively, defensively and special teams."

UF coach Will Muschamp said the Gators would not treat the game any differently: "It's our next game. It's a critical game in the SEC East. We've really had a good approach this year as far as taking one game at a time."

Idaho: Coach Robb Akey was fired with the Vandals (1-7) coming off a 70-28 loss to Louisiana Tech. Offensive coordinator Jason Gesser becomes interim coach. Akey was 20-50 overall.

Maryland: Quarterback Perry Hills had an MRI exam scheduled today to determine the damage to his left knee, injured Saturday against N.C. State. Devin Burns and Caleb Rowe are the backups.

Oklahoma State: Starting QB J.W. Walsh is out for the rest of the season after playing through an early knee injury Saturday against Iowa State without disclosing it. Freshman Wes Lunt will likely become the starter.

South Carolina: Coach Steve Spurrier expects star running back Marcus Lattimore to start Saturday against Tennessee. Lattimore missed several practices last week with a hip bruise and had three carries for 13 yards against UF. Spurrier didn't want to risk aggravating the injury once the Gators opened a 21-3 lead in the second quarter.

Late Saturday

OREGON STATE 21, UTAH 7: The host Beavers (6-0, 4-0 Pac-12) have their best start since 6-0 in 1907, when the school was the Oregon Agricultural College. An interception and a fumble recovery led to two first-half touchdown runs by Storm Woods.

basketball: Minnesota assistant Saul Smith, son of coach Tubby Smith, was placed on indefinite unpaid leave by the school after his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Smith, 32, was pulled over early Saturday after leaving a restaurant and is scheduled in court Dec. 3, the school said. Athletic director Norwood Teague cautioned against quick judgment but said he and Tubby Smith were "taking this matter seriously."

Florida Gators gain in BCS, AP polls 10/21/12 [Last modified: Monday, October 22, 2012 12:49am]

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