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Stanford gains as 1 vs. 2 LSU-Alabama clash nears

Stanford's first win of the season against a ranked team helped Andrew Luck and the Cardinal move up in the BCS college football standings.

While LSU (8-0), Alabama (8-0) and Oklahoma State (8-0) remain locked into the top three spots in the standings released Sunday, Stanford moved up two places to fourth after beating Southern California 56-48 in triple overtime.

Boise State (7-0) slipped a spot to fifth, while Clemson (7-1) fell from fifth to 11th after its first loss.

LSU and Alabama will play Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Ala., for first place and the inside track to the BCS national title game.

Oklahoma State seems to be in position to win out and reach the title game in New Orleans on Jan. 9. The computer ratings have the Cowboys No. 1.

The BCS standings use the Harris poll, the coaches' poll and computer ratings to determine which teams play for the national championship.

LSU is No. 1 and Alabama No. 2 in both polls. The Tigers and Crimson Tide are tied for the second-best computer rating.

In the Associated Press media poll, which does not factor into the BCS, the top five teams held their ground. Clemson slipped five spots to No. 11 after losing 31-17 at Georgia Tech and Kansas State fell seven spots to 17 after losing 58-17 to Oklahoma.

LSU received 47 first-place votes from the media panel, Alabama had 10 and No. 5 Boise State had one.

Once again, no Florida schools were ranked but FSU received four votes in the AP poll and 11 in the coaches' poll.

"That's not a goal. To win every game is the goal," FSU receiver Bert Reed said. "We went from No. 5 to not being ranked at all, so it's about winning games."

Texas Tech, which beat Oklahoma a week ago but lost to Iowa State this week, accomplished a rare feat, becoming the second team since the AP expanded to a Top 25 in 1989, to receive no votes in the rankings one week, be ranked the next week, then receive no votes the following week. The 2009 Huskies beat Southern Cal then lost to Stanford the following week.

Former Voice of Sooners dies: Bob Barry Sr., who was the radio play-by-play "Voice of the Sooners" football and basketball from 1961-1972 and from 1991-2010, died at age 80 at his home in Norman. He also called games from 1973-1990 at Oklahoma State. The cause of death has not yet been determined.

Late Saturday

Stanford survives scare: Luck engineered four late scoring drives as No. 4 Stanford, trailing for the first time all season, rallied for a 56-48 victory over No. 20 Southern California.

Stepfan Taylor ran for the tying touchdown with 38 seconds left in regulation and the go-ahead score in the third overtime, and Stanford's defense preserved its 16-game winning streak by forcing Curtis McNeal's fumble into the end zone.

Luck passed for 325 yards but threw an interception to Nickell Robey, who returned it 33 yards for a score to make it 34-27 with 3:08 left in regulation.

"For a couple of seconds, I wanted to go dig a hole and bury myself in it, but guys believed in me," said Luck, who then led a 76-yard TD drive. "I was so happy to still see time on the game clock. It was another chance to get out there."

Men's soccer: Snow in New Jersey postponed Sunday's USF-Rutgers match until 11 a.m. today. USF can clinch the Big East Red Division with win.

Women's Soccer: Jessica Price's goal in double overtime lifted FSU over North Carolina 1-0 and handed the host Tar Heels their first-ever defeat in the ACC Tournament. UNC had been 58-0-4. The sixth-seeded Seminoles will play second-seeded Virginia in a semifinal Friday.



BCS standings

Harris USA Today Computer BCS

Rk Pts Pct Rk Pts Pct Rk Pct Avg Pv

 1. LSU 1 2853 0.9923 1 1457 0.9878 t2 .940 0.9734 1

 2. Alabama 2 2775 0.9652 2 1434 0.9722 t2 .940 0.9591 2

 3. Oklahoma St. 3 2594 0.9023 4 1314 0.8908 1 1.000 0.9310 3

 4. Stanford 4 2552 0.8877 3 1323 0.8969 6 .800 0.8615 6

 5. Boise St. 5 2438 0.8480 5 1237 0.8386 4 .870 0.8522 4

 6. Oklahoma 7 2158 0.7506 7 1117 0.7573 5 .820 0.7760 9

 7. Arkansas 8 2015 0.7009 8 1046 0.7092 7 .700 0.7033 10

 8. Oregon 6 2266 0.7882 6 1175 0.7966 13 .490 0.6916 7

 9. South Carolina 11 1696 0.5899 10 919 0.6231 10 .640 0.6177 13

10. Nebraska 9 1918 0.6671 9 973 0.6597 12 .520 0.6156 14

11. Clemson 10 1697 0.5903 12 779 0.5281 9 .670 0.5961 5

12. Virginia Tech 12 1594 0.5544 11 871 0.5905 11 .560 0.5683 12

13. Houston 14 1320 0.4591 14 679 0.4603 13 .490 0.4698 17

14. Kansas St. 15 1126 0.3917 19 440 0.2983 8 .690 0.4600 8

15. Michigan 13 1426 0.4960 13 734 0.4976 17 .360 0.4512 18

16. Penn St. 16 1117 0.3885 15 646 0.4380 16 .380 0.4022 19

17. Michigan St. 17 1049 0.3649 16 528 0.3580 20 .200 0.3076 11

18. Georgia 20 724 0.2518 20 410 0.2780 19 .340 0.2899 22

19. Arizona St. 19 825 0.2870 18 445 0.3017 22 .120 0.2362 21

20. Wisconsin 18 960 0.3339 17 463 0.3139 29 .000 0.2159 15

21. Texas 24 323 0.1123 25 122 0.0827 15 .440 0.2117 24

22. Auburn 25 199 0.0692 27 41 0.0278 18 .350 0.1490 23

23. Georgia Tech 21 466 0.1621 23 193 0.1308 24 .090 0.1276 NR

24. West Virginia 22 456 0.1586 21 270 0.1831 29 .000 0.1139 25

25. Southern Miss 26 186 0.0647 24 160 0.1085 23 .110 0.0944 NR

 The BCS Average is calculated by averaging the percent totals of the Harris Interactive, USA Today Coaches and Computer polls. Team percentages are derived by dividing a team's actual voting points by a maximum 2875 possible points in the Harris Interactive Poll and 1475 possible points in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

Stanford gains as 1 vs. 2 LSU-Alabama clash nears 10/30/11 [Last modified: Sunday, October 30, 2011 10:27pm]

    

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