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SEC, Big 12 dominate top of first BCS standings

LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State hold the top four spots in the first BCS standings that were released Sunday, setting up two potentially huge conference games that could determine the national title game.

SEC rivals LSU and Alabama, first and second, respectively, meet Nov. 5 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

The Tigers host Auburn on Saturday, and the Crimson Tide is at Tennessee. Then both will be off for a week before a likely No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup.

Third-place Oklahoma and fourth-place Oklahoma State have their Bedlam rivalry set for Dec. 3 at Stillwater, Okla.

The only other time the top four teams in the first BCS standings of the season came from two conferences was 2000, with the Big 12 (Nebraska and Oklahoma) and the Big East (Virginia Tech and Miami).

The BCS standings combine the coaches' poll, Harris poll and a compilation of six computer rankings.

The team atop the initial BCS standings has gone on to play in the national title game six times in the 12-season history, but only twice — Florida State in 1999 and USC in 2004 — has the first No. 1 gone on to wear the crown.

This is the third time LSU has been at the top of the BCS standings. That's fourth-most among SEC schools, behind Florida (seven), Alabama (six) and Tennessee (five).

Texas is No. 24, its 87th time in the standings. That's the most of any school. UF, unranked this week, is second with 85.

The top four in the Associated Press Top 25, which is not part of the BCS formula, were LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. The AP's top 10 was unchanged.

lattimore out for year: South Carolina's top offensive player, running back Marcus Lattimore, is out for the year with a torn ligament and cartilage damage in his left knee. Surgery will be performed in several weeks after the knee stabilizes. The sophomore was injured while blocking; a Mississippi State player rolled onto his leg. "Our worst fears were realized," coach Steve Spurrier said. Freshman Brandon Wilds likely will start Oct. 29 at Tennessee, South Carolina's next game. The Gamecocks host UF on Nov. 12.

georgia: Coach Mark Richt said he talked with players and coaches who were involved in heated exchanges after a win at Vanderbilt on Saturday but didn't say if he would impose punishments. As the teams headed toward the middle of the field, Vanderbilt coach James Franklin exchanged terse words with Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, who last season made a choke sign as Florida lined up for the winning field goal. As they exchanged words, players were pulled apart by coaches and police.

mississippi: Two key starters are lost for the season: defensive end Wayne Dorsey (broken right arm) and cornerback Marcus Temple (fractured right ankle).

Late Saturday: OU's Broyles sets records

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Oklahoma routed Kansas 47-17 as receiver Ryan Broyles became the NCAA's career receptions leader and set two other records.

Broyles had 13 catches for a school-record 217 yards, including a 57-yard touchdown midway through the second quarter. The catch broke former Purdue standout Taylor Stubblefield's record of 316 receptions. Broyles finished with 326 in his career.

The senior from Norman, Okla., also broke the Big 12 record for touchdown catches.

Oregon 41, Arizona St. 27: Darron Thomas threw for 187 yards and two touchdowns before he left with a left leg injury as the host Ducks held on. His status is not known.

SEC, Big 12 dominate top of first BCS standings 10/16/11 [Last modified: Sunday, October 16, 2011 11:11pm]
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