Oregon back in title contention

Oregon charged back into national championship contention, jumping to fourth place in the BCS standings Sunday after its big victory over Stanford.


Louisiana State University and Oklahoma State, both unbeaten, have the top two spots locked down and are on a path to meet in the BCS title game if they can stay perfect. The Tigers and Cowboys are also 1-2 in the Associated Press poll.

LSU was a unanimous pick at No. 1, the first time since 2008 that a team has accomplished that feat.

Alabama is third hoping for a stumble by the top two, Oregon jumped from seventh last week to fourth with its 53-30 victory against Stanford.

The losses by Stanford and Boise State allowed Oklahoma to inch into fifth.

Boise State’s loss dropped the Broncos to 10th and gives them little hope to reach the BCS again. Undefeated Houston from Conference USA is 11th, solid position to be this year’s BCS buster if it can keep winning.

In the AP poll, Clemson moved up two spots to No. 7, while Georgia jumped one spot to No. 13 and South Carolina is right behind at No. 14.

Georgia Tech dropped out of the poll after losing to Virginia Tech on Thursday.


AUBURN: Cornerback T’Sharvan Bell is out for the season with a knee injury.

Coach Gene Chizik said Sunday that Bell will have surgery during the upcoming week and won’t be back for either the final two regular season games or a bowl.


ILLINOIS: Linebacker Trulon Henry will miss the rest of the regular season after he was shot in the hand during a shooting at a large house party near campus hours.

Henry had surgery Sunday to repair the injury.


COURTS: Charles Scott Jr., a running back at LSU from 2006 through 2009, is accused of rape.

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office says he was arrested early Sunday after a disturbance at his home and was charged with rape.

The 23-year-old is accused of raping an 18-year-old woman at his home in the Baton Rouge suburb of Prairieville.

Scott graduated from LSU with 2,317 yards rushing.


CINCINNATI: Quarterback Zach Collaros will have surgery for a broken right ankle, sidelining him for the Bearcats’ last three regular-season games.


TEXAS: Senior running back Fozzy Whittaker’s college career is over after tearing ligaments in his right knee early in the Longhorns’ loss at Missouri.



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