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Oregon overtakes Auburn in BCS

NEW YORK — Oregon and Auburn swapped spots atop the BCS standings, and Boise State was passed again, this time by Texas Christian.

The Ducks (8-0) moved into first place for the first time this season, which is interesting but not necessarily important. Auburn (9-0) grabbed the top spot last week, but Oregon jumped ahead after beating Southern California 53-32.

The top two teams in the final BCS standings Dec. 5 play in the championship game Jan. 10 in Glendale, Ariz. Right now, the Ducks and Tigers are in control of the title race.

"They're fighting over what color uniform to wear in the championship game," BCS analyst Jerry Palm said.

Oregon is No. 1 in the two polls used in the standings (the Associated Press media poll is not one of them) and No. 2 according to the computer ratings. Auburn is first according to the computers and No. 2 among the voters of the Harris and coaches polls.

The other three unbeatens, TCU (9-0), Boise State (7-0) and Utah (8-0), are next in the BCS standings, but they'll need Oregon or Auburn to lose to have a shot at the title.

Boise State had been No. 3 for two weeks, but as the Broncos beat up on the soft part of their schedule, others caught up. TCU jumped from fourth to third.

Alabama (7-1) is the highest rated one-loss team at sixth in the BCS. With a game against Auburn and a possible SEC title game, the defending national champion is alive to repeat.

"I don't think it's a slam dunk," Palm said. "If forced to make a prediction now, I'd guess Alabama would go over undefeated Boise State or TCU, but I'm not operating under the assumption that would happen."

Oregon, with 49 first-place votes, is No. 1 in the AP poll followed by Boise State, Auburn and TCU.

Florida State fell from No. 16 to 24 in the poll after its loss at N.C. State. Miami, which was No. 22, dropped out after its loss at Virginia.

Clemson: Running back Andre Ellington will miss at least two games with an injured toe.

Notre Dame: The team will play its last three games without quarterback Dayne Crist, who had surgery to reattach a torn tendon in his left knee. Top rusher Armando Allen, who has torn hip cartilage, might have surgery, which would end his college career.

Tennessee: Freshman defensive end Jacques Smith was arrested on a charge of assault with bodily injury after an altercation with a student at a bar. Coach Derek Dooley plans to handle punishment internally.

Late Saturday

TCU 48, UNLV 6: Andy Dalton passed for 252 yards and two touchdowns as the visiting Horned Frogs rolled (9-0, 5-0 Mountain West).

Oklahoma 43, Colorado 10: Ryan Broyles broke the school record with 208 yards receiving as part of the biggest passing day in school history to lead the host Sooners (7-1, 3-1 Big 12). Landry Jones threw for 453 yards and four touchdowns, including three to Broyles. Jones' total was the second-best in school history, behind Sam Bradford's 468 vs. Kansas in 2008. When combined with backup Drew Allen's 35 yards, the Sooners passed Bradford's school mark from that day.

Oregon overtakes Auburn in BCS 10/31/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 1:02am]

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