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    Notes: Florida State, Ohio State top BCS standings

    Alabama drops to 4th with loss

    Chris Davis’s 100-plus yard return for Auburn shook up the top of the national polls.
    Chris Davis’s 100-plus yard return for Auburn shook up the top of the national polls.

    Florida State and Ohio State are in position to play for the BCS national championship, though Auburn and Missouri are close enough behind in the BCS standings to put pressure on the Buckeyes.

    The Seminoles grabbed the top spot in the BCS standings released Sunday after Alabama relinquished it for the first time this season.

    The Crimson Tide’s wild 34-28 loss at Auburn dropped Alabama to fourth. Ohio State is second and Auburn is third. Missouri is fifth. Auburn and Missouri play in the Southeastern Conference championship game Saturday in Atlanta. The winner should get a boost in the standings, but it might not be enough to catch the unbeaten Buckeyes.


    Ohio State (12-0) faces Michigan State, 10th in the latest standings, in the Big Ten championship game Saturday.

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    Florida State is first in the USA Today coaches’ poll and Harris poll, and rated No. 1 in the compilation of six computer rankings used by the BCS.

    The Seminoles’ .9948 BCS average makes them a lock to get to the title game in Pasadena, Calif., Jan. 6 if they can beat Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game Saturday.

    The Buckeyes (.9503) are second in the polls and second in the computers. Auburn (.9233) is third in each. Missouri (.8428) is fifth in each. But each of those SEC Tigers is 11-1. Ohio State is riding a 24-game winning streak.

    An unbeaten team from a BCS automatic-qualifying conference (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC, and Big East, now American Athletic Conference) has never been shut out of a national championship game in favor of a team with a loss.


    The SEC, which has won the last seven BCS championships, would like that to change.

    ‘‘Any one-loss team in the SEC [should be considered] just because of the strength of schedule,’’ Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said.

    Jerry Palm, who analyzes the BCS for, said there is no reason to expect the unprecedented to happen.

    ‘‘I think the voters would have to abandon Ohio State, and that’s never happened in the history of the BCS,’’ he said.

    Alabama (.8539) is fourth but the Tide would need both Florida State and Ohio State to lose to get back in the title conversation.

    Support for kicker


    Alabama kicker Cade Foster was inundated with support from teammates and thousands of fans on social media after missing two field goal attempts and having a third blocked in the Crimson Tide’s loss to Auburn.

    The initial negative backlash after Saturday’s defeat mostly turned supportive by Sunday. A fan page titled ‘‘Bama fans supporting Cade Foster’’ was started on Facebook after the game and was approaching 40,000 ‘‘likes’’ by Sunday afternoon. It included a message that negative posts would be deleted.

    Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron posted on Twitter that ‘‘we win & lose as a team. If u blame this on 1 guy U aren’t a true fan!’’

    Linebacker C.J. Mosley was even more emphatic with a tweet urging ‘‘fake’’ and ‘‘spoiled’’ fans to ‘‘stop sending threats to my teammates.’’

    Auburn wound up winning on the final play on Chris Davis’s 100-yard return of a missed 57-yard field goal attempt by Adam Griffith, who tried the potential winning kick in place of Foster.

    Meyer won’t suspend

    Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says the players ejected from Saturday’s 42-41 win over Michigan for fighting will not be suspended for the Big Ten championship game.

    Running back Dontre Wilson and offensive lineman Marcus Hall were kicked out of the game when a skirmish broke out after a kickoff return in the second quarter.

    Meyer said he will meet with athletic director Gene Smith and speak with Big Ten officials about the fight.

    A Big Ten spokesman said the league would have to review video before deciding if any players would be punished further.

    After Hall was ejected, he made an obscene gesture toward Michigan fans while heading to the locker room.

    Christensen fired

    Dave Christensen was fired as Wyoming’s coach after the Cowboys lost five of their last six games. He coached Wyoming for five years, taking the Cowboys to two bowl games. Wyoming finished 5-7 after starting 4-2. ‘‘We have come to a point where our football program has not achieved at the level of success that we expect, and we know from past experience that we can be successful,’’ AD Tom Burman said . . . Florida coach Will Muschamp didn’t wait long to start making changes, firing offensive coordinator Brent Pease and offensive line coach Tim Davis less than 24 hours after the Gators (4-8) completed their first losing season since 1979. Pease and Davis were the primary scapegoats for a dismal season that included a dreadful offense and the worst loss in school history. The Gators finished the season ranked 112th in total offense . . . Iowa State fired offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham and running backs coach Kenith Pope the day after the Cyclones closed out a 3-9 season . . . Officials with the New Orleans Bowl say Louisiana-Lafayette has accepted the bowl’s invitation to represent the Sun Belt Conference for a third straight year.