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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

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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