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Oregon falls to No. 2 in AP poll

12/5/2010

Auburn's performances in the SEC title game impressed voters more than Oregon's Civil War win at Oregon State.

Auburn eclipsed the Ducks in the AP poll. Oregon remained No. 1 with the Coaches Poll, which counts in the BCS standings, but the Tigers added 14 first-place votes.

What that means is the Tigers almost certainly will finish No. 1 in the BCS standings ahead of the No. 2 Ducks. They then can decided the matter on the field in the BCS national title game on Jan. 10 in Glendale, Ariz.

Oregon had been No. 1 in the AP poll for the past seven weeks. The Tigers whipped South Carolina 56-17 in Atlanta to finish 13-0. The Ducks are 12-0 after dumping the rival Beavers 37-20.

Auburn got 36 first-place votes in the AP poll, Oregon 23 and unbeaten TCU one. In the coaches poll, Oregon got 34 first-place votes, Auburn 24. The Tigers finished 13 points behind the Ducks.

Stanford remained No. 5 in both polls but it is expected to retain its No. 4 BCS ranking over Wisconsin, which is fourth in both polls, in the final BCS standings, which would guarantee the Cardinal an invitation to a BCS bowl, either the Orange (most likely) or Fiesta (still possible).