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USC back at highest peak in top 25

NEW YORK — By staying away from cupcakes, Southern California earned a slim new ranking.

USC jumped two spots to No. 1 Tuesday in the AP top 25, rewarded by voters for opening with a dominant road win over a BCS conference opponent.

Georgia and Ohio State, the preseason Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, started with glorified scrimmages at home against Division I-AA teams. USC won 52-7 at Virginia. Georgia fell to No. 2 and Ohio State to No. 3.

NEBRASKA: Offensive lineman Andy Christensen, 23, was found not guilty of first degree sexual assault charges stemming from a March incident.

OHIO STATE: Running back Beanie Wells, who left last week's Youngstown State game with a right foot injury, is doubtful for Saturday's game against Ohio, coach Jim Tressel said.

VIRGINIA TECH: Coach Frank Beamer, who had intended to redshirt quarterback Tyrod Taylor, said Taylor would again alternate with Sean Glennon.

OKLAHOMA BRAWL: Police said football defensive end Frank Alexander and basketball guard Ray Willis were stabbed at a nightclub during a brawl Sunday night that reportedly involved guns, knives and tire irons.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Keon Lawrence, a former high school standout in Newark, N.J., has transferred from Missouri to Seton Hall. Lawrence can practice with the Pirates this season, but can't play until 2009-10.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: FSU's schedule includes 11 games against 10 NCAA Tournament teams. The non-conference slate features UConn in the Caribbean Classic in Cancun, Mexico (Dec. 18-21), at LSU on Dec. 28, and Texas A&M on Jan. 5. All three reached the Elite Eight with UConn and LSU making the Final Four at the St. Pete Times Forum. Full schedule at blogs.tampabay.com/seminoles.

Times staff writer Brian Landman contributed to this report.

USC back at highest peak in top 25 09/02/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 3:37pm]
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