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Ohio State is new No. 1 in USA Today coaches' poll

October 10, 2010 |  9:38 am

Move over Alabama, there's a new No. 1.

Ohio State took advantage of Indiana on Saturday and then South Carolina's upset over Alabama to move into the top spot of Sunday's USA Today coaches' poll.

Ohio State is followed by Oregon, Boise State, Nebraska, Texas Christian, Oklahoma, Auburn, Alabama, Louisiana State and Utah.

The coaches' poll is one element of the Bowl Championship Series standings that are used to determine which two teams will play for the BCS title in January. The first BCS standings will be released next Sunday.

The coaches poll had its usual share of quirks and oddities. For one, Alabama stayed ahead of No. 12 South Carolina despite losing to the Gamecocks by two touchdowns.

Also, shockingly, Oregon State (3-2) did not crack the poll despite a win at No. 9 Arizona. The Beavers' only two losses have come against No. 3 Boise State and No. 5 TCU. Florida, though, stayed in the poll at No. 22 despite losing to No. 8 Alabama and No. 9 LSU.

The Associated Press poll will be released Sunday afternoon.

-- Chris Dufresne

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