Buckeyes take over top spot in rankings

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Hit the reset button on the college football season.

Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor has passed for 15 touchdowns and run for seven in leading the Buckeyes to a 6-0 record this year. 
  Associated Press
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Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor has passed for 15 touchdowns and run for seven in leading the Buckeyes to a 6-0 record this year.

There's a new No. 1 team in Ohio State and uncertainty at the top of the rankings for the first time all season, after Alabama's 19-game winning streak ended at South Carolina.

The Southeastern Conference, which has won the past four national championships, has some catching up to do in the 2010 title chase.

The Buckeyes and No. 2 Oregon have a couple of BCS busters in No. 3 Boise State and No. 4 TCU on their tails. And for the first time in about a decade, Nebraska is a legitimate national championship contender.

The Buckeyes moved up one spot in The Associated Press poll after preseason No. 1 Alabama lost for the first time since the 2009 Sugar Bowl. The Crimson Tide fell 35-21 on Saturday.

Auburn is the highest ranked SEC team at No. 7.

An SEC team, either Florida or Alabama, had held the top spot in the past 29 AP polls, dating to Nov. 2, 2008. The last time the highest ranked SEC team was this far away from No. 1 was Oct. 22, 2006, when Auburn was ranked seventh.

The Crimson Tide slipped to No. 8 -- and second in the state -- while LSU was No. 9 and South Carolina moved up nine spots to 10th after the program's first win against a top-ranked team.

The last time Ohio State was No. 1 was the final regular-season poll of 2007.

The first BCS standing of the season are due out next Sunday. It uses the coaches' poll, Harris poll and computer rankings to order the teams. The latest coaches' poll had the same top five as the AP, except Nebraska was No. 4 and TCU was No. 5. The first Harris poll was the same 1-9 as the AP Top 25.

KENTUCKY: Running back Derrick Locke is questionable for Saturday's game against 10th-ranked South Carolina with stingers in both shoulders.

Wildcats coach Joker Phillips said Sunday that Locke would "probably not" play against the Gamecocks if his condition doesn't improve by Saturday.

Locke, a senior and Kentucky's leading rusher, was injured on the Wildcats' first second-half drive in Saturday's 37-34 loss to No. 7 Auburn.

VANDERBILT: Coach Robbie Caldwell apologized for what he described as an accidental onside kick recovered by the Commodores.

Caldwell says he wasn't trying to run up the score against Eastern Michigan on Saturday when freshman Jordan Matthews caught the kick with Vanderbilt leading 38-6. The Commodores took the ball and scored on a 56-yard touchdown drive.

Caldwell says the play was supposed to be a sky kick, but the play misfired and "it happened to fall right into our hands."

Vanderbilt went on to win the game 52-6.

EJECTIONS: Police say 50 people were ejected from Camp Randall Stadium for poor behavior or for breaking the law during the University of Wisconsin's 41-23 win over Minnesota.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports the UW-Madison Police Department says 29 of the 50 ejected Saturday were UW-Madison students.

Citations were issued to 26 of the 50 people -- 24 for underage drinking, one for possession of alcohol and one for resisting or obstructing police.

Behavior that led to ejections without citations included possession of alcohol, throwing objects, body passing and disputes over seats.


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