Stanford’s first win of the season against a ranked team helped Andrew Luck and the Cardinal move up in the BCS standings.
While Louisiana State University (8-0), Alabama (8-0) and Oklahoma State (8-0) remained 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 (8-1) 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 championship game.
Oklahoma State is No. 3 in the Harris poll and No. 4 in the coaches’ poll, and Stanford is No. 4 and No. 3. But the difference between the Cowboys (.9310 BCS average) and the Cardinal (.8615) is the computer ratings.
LSU is No. 1 in both polls and Alabama is No. 2 in each. The Tigers and Crimson Tide are tied for the second-best computer rating.
MICHIGAN: Just when it looked as though Michigan’s hunt for a running back to carry the load and lessen the burden on Denard Robinson was over, coach Brady Hoke wasn’t ready to call off the search.
Fitzgerald Toussaint had career highs with 170 yards rushing and 20 carries and matched a personal best with two touchdowns in the Wolverines’ 36-14 win over Purdue on Saturday.
So, did he do enough to win the job?
“I don’t know,” Hoke insisted. “We’ll see.”
OBITUARY: Bob Barry Sr., the longtime play-by-play voice of Oklahoma football and men’s basketball games who also was a local sports anchor, died Sunday. He was 80.
KFOR-TV news director Mary Ann Eckstein said Barry was found dead in his Norman, Okla., home.