Kansas State, Oregon on course for title game

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Kansas State and Oregon are now on track to play for the BCS national championship.

Oregon 's Colt Lyerla, at left with ball, celebrates his 14-yard touchdown reception with teammates during the second half.  MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ/ASSOCIATED PRESS
MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Oregon 's Colt Lyerla, at left with ball, celebrates his 14-yard touchdown reception with teammates during the second half.

After Alabama was upset by Texas A&M, the new BCS standings have the Wildcats (.9674) first and the Ducks (.9497) second.

Notre Dame (.9396) is third, but most likely in need of a loss by Oregon or Kansas State to reach the title game on Jan. 7 in Miami.

Five SEC teams follow Alabama in the standings: Georgia, Florida, Louisiana State, Texas A&M and South Carolina. But it will take a couple of upsets to give the SEC champion a shot to reach the BCS title game.

PLAYOFFS: Conference commissioners will meet today, hoping to come to a decision on whether to have a six- or seven-game format for the new college football playoff.

Support has waned for adding a seventh marquee bowl game to the semifinal rotation. But there is still a strong possibility some type of automatic access to the system will be given to the Big East and four other conferences currently without a bowl of their own.

GEORGIA: There’s an “outside chance” that defensive end Abry Jones could return to play in the Bulldogs’ bowl game after undergoing ankle surgery last month, coach Mark Richt said on his radio show Sunday night.

WASHINGTON STATE: President Eldon Floyd has asked the athletic department and the Pac-12 separately to review recent allegations about the football program.

The move comes one day after star receiver Marquess Wilson quit the team, blaming the coaching staff for what he called abuse of players.

Wilson says he left the program because of the actions of first-year coach Mike Leach and his staff. Wilson says the new staff has “preferred to belittle, intimidate and humiliate us,” and that included physical abuse.


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