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December 1, 2013

National title hopefuls in SEC hoping for Ohio State collapse

(Continued)

NORMAN —

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer was asked Sunday to weigh-in on what looks like the latest and last BCS controversy before the Bowl Championship Series is retired and a four-team playoff is implemented next season.

Mostly, he side-stepped a chance to promote the Buckeyes, and then added: “I think America is ready for a playoff.”

Moving up: Duke moved up four spots to No. 20 after beating North Carolina to clinch the ACC Coastal Division and a trip to face Florida State.

The Blue Devils (10-2) earned their way to Charlotte, but haven’t played the toughest schedule. They missed both Florida State and Clemson from the Atlantic Division in the regular season. They are seventh in the league in both yards per play offensively and defensively.

“We’re not just fortunate,” coach David Cutlciffe said. “We’re a good football team.”

That might not be enough against the ‘Noles.

Moving Down: A second straight loss by Texas A&M sent the Aggies tumbling to No. 22 in the rankings, and they might be fortunate to still be ranked at all.

The Aggies played a cushy nonconference schedule and didn’t beat any of their best opponents (Alabama, Auburn, LSU or Missouri). To the Aggies credit, they did play close games against three teams currently ranked in the top five.

Also tumbling was Johnny Manziel’s chances to win a second straight Heisman Trophy. Manziel is still third in the nation in total offense at 368 yards per game, but in his last two games against LSU and Missouri he has accounted for 494 and two touchdowns.

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IN AND OUT

No. 23 Texas and No. 25 Georgia moved back into the rankings, while rivals Southern California and Notre Dame both slipped out again after losses.

FROM THE ARCHIVE

It’s probably no consolation to Alabama, but its string of consecutive top-five rankings is still going at 47 straight polls, breaking a tie for fourth with the early 1990s Miami teams that went 46 straight polls in the top five.

The record for consecutive top-five rankings in the AP poll is 55, held by Miami from 2000-2003.

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