LSU, Alabama are 1-2 in BCS standings again

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Louisiana State Univer­sity-Alabama Round 2 is just a few victories away.

A weekend filled with upsets left the Southeastern Conference rivals in the top two spots in the BCS standings released Sunday.

And Arkansas is third, further increasing the possibility of an all-SEC BCS championship game Jan. 9 in New Orleans.

Though if the Tigers can beat Arkansas on Friday, then Georgia in the SEC title game on Dec. 3, and the Crimson Tide beat Auburn on Saturday, it’s almost a lock that LSU-Alabama will play again, this time at the Superdome.

LSU beat Alabama 9-6 in overtime Nov. 6.

Oklahoma State, which suffered the most surprising loss of the weekend, fell to fourth place.

GEORGIA SOUTHERN: The pairings for the 20-team Football Championship Sub­division playoffs were announced Sunday and, as expected, the Eagles received one of the 12 first-round byes.

Georgia Southern will be in action on Dec. 3 at home against the winner of the Norfolk State-Old Dominion game.

Norfolk State (9-2) won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular-season title. Old Dominion (9-2) tied for second in the Colonial Athletic Association.

“We’re glad to get a week off, but we’ll have to prepare for two teams so it’s a little different,” Georgia Southern coach Jeff Monken said.

The Eagles (9-2), who enter the playoffs as the third seed, will be making their 18th appearance in the FCS playoffs. They won their division-best sixth title in 2000.

ARKANSAS: The team was in mourning Sunday following the death of backup tight end Garrett Uekman.

The university said in a statement that Uekman was pronounced dead at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville.

The cause of death wasn’t immediately known, but the university said Uekman was found unconscious and unresponsive in his dorm room on campus at approximately 11:15 a.m. Sunday. He was last seen playing video games by a roommate approximately an hour earlier.

When emergency services personnel arrived, Uekman was in cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead at 12:10 p.m.

MIAMI: The Hurricanes are not going to a bowl this season, self-imposing a ban that school officials say was “necessary” in response to an ongoing NCAA investigation into the university’s compliance practices.

“I’m clearly disappointed,” said Miami coach Al Golden. “I believe it’s the right decision and I’m 100 percent behind the decision. ... We’re one step closer to putting these issues behind us.”

ALABAMA: Safety Will Lowery is out for the season with a torn knee ligament.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Sunday that Lowery has a torn ACL and will have surgery.

Lowery was hurt Saturday against Georgia Southern.


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