Alabama, it turns out, does not have a lock on the No. 1 spot in college football.
Oregon State, which has a 3-0 record after its 38-35 victory last Saturday night at Arizona, is No. 1 in two of the six computer indexes used in the Bowl Championship Series standings formula.
The Beavers are tops this week in the ColleyMatrix, which boasts “Bias Free Matrix Rankings.”
If Colley had its way, Oregon State today would play No. 2 Notre Dame for the national title. This would not bring back fond memories for Notre Dame, which was handed a humiliating 41-9 loss by Oregon State in the 2001 Fiesta Bowl.
Florida is No. 3 in Colley’s rankings, followed by Alabama (oh yeah, those guys), Florida State, South Carolina and Kansas State.
Ken Massey’s BCS rankings also have Oregon State and Notre Dame in the first two spots, followed by Texas Tech, Florida, Ohio State, South Carolina, Texas and Alabama.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said the Buckeyes have sent a tape to the Big Ten Conference office that he said shows a Michigan State player gouging at the eyes of Buckeyes defensive lineman Johnathan Hankins.
The short clip appears to show the Spartans’ Jack Allen or a teammate trying to thrust a gloved hand inside Hankins’ facemask during a pileup. At the same time, Hankins is trying to get his fingers inside Allen’s facemask.
Ohio State suspended linebacker Robert Reynolds for one game in 2003 after it was determined he tried to choke Wisconsin QB Jim Sorgi at the bottom of a pile.
A quarterback from the NCAA Division II Kentucky State Thorobreds was arrested Saturday in Chicago after police said he followed a housekeeper into a room at a hotel and rubbed his body against hers.
Martez James, 22, was arrested before he was to play in a game against Albany State University at Soldier Field. Kentucky State lost, 17-14.
He was charged with misdemeanor battery before being released and scheduled for a Nov. 15 court appearance.
Wide receiver DeAndrew White and running back Dee Hart are out for the season for No. 1 Alabama after both sustained knee injuries Saturday in a victory over Mississippi. … Kentucky sophomore QB Maxwell Smith is out indefinitely with a torn left ankle ligament, suffered in Saturday’s loss to South Carolina. He will need surgery. … South Florida has suspended sophomore wide receiver Chris Dunkley after he was arrested and charged with domestic battery several hours after the Bulls’ loss to Florida State on Saturday night.