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USC, LSU, Oklahoma top Coaches' polling

Posted: Sunday December 7, 2003 3:09PM; Updated: Sunday December 7, 2003 3:09PM
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Sugar looking like LSU-Oklahoma

When is moving up to No. 1 in both polls -- as USC did Sunday -- not a good thing?

When it looks like you're going to get shut out of the Sugar Bowl.

While voters moved the Trojans up to the top spot, USC is likely to drop to No. 3 in the final BCS standings, creating an LSU-Oklahoma Sugar Bowl and a USC-Michigan Rose Bowl.

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  • MCLEAN, Va. (Ticker) -- The coaches have spoken, picking Southern California and Louisiana State as the top two teams in the latest coaches' poll released Sunday. (Complete poll)

    Following lopsided wins Saturday, USC (11-1) and LSU (12-1) both moved up one slot to first and second, respectively, which may not even be a factor when the all-important final Bowl Championship Series standings are released later Sunday.

    The Trojans picked up 37 first-place votes and 1,542 points while the Tigers collected 18 first-place nods and 1,516 points.

    Oklahoma (12-1) dropped from first to third after its blowout loss against Kansas State, but still received eight first-place votes and 1,449 points.

    The only question remaining is how the coaches' poll will affect the BCS. The top two teams in the standings will meet for the national title in the Sugar Bowl on January 4.

    Michigan (10-2) remained fourth in the poll, followed by Texas (10-2), Ohio State (10-2), Tennessee (10-2), Florida State (10-2), Miami Florida (10-2) and Kansas State (11-3).

    Moving up five spots, the Wildcats had their hand in the BCS mess, routing the Sooners, 35-7, in the Big 12 championship game. They already had accepted a bid to the Fiesta Bowl against a BCS team.

    After suffering a 34-13 loss to LSU in the Southeastern Conference title game, Georgia (10-3) dropped from fifth to 11th and was followed by Iowa (9-3), Purdue (9-3), Washington State (9-3) and Miami Ohio (12-1).

    Boise State (12-1) was 16th, ahead of Florida (8-4), Mississippi (9-3), Texas Christian University (11-1), Minnesota (9-3), Nebraska (9-3), Oklahoma State (9-3), West Virginia (8-4), Maryland (9-3) and Utah (9-2).

    The Utes were the only newcomers to the poll. Bowling Green dropped out after losing the Mid-American Conference championship game to Miami Ohio.

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