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College football roundup: Alabama stays No. 1 in polls

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There was not much movement in the major polls as Alabama held on to the No. 1 spot.

The Associated Press media and USA Today coaches polls were released Sunday.

The top 14 teams in the AP poll stayed in the same position as last week.

Alabama did lose a few first-place votes. The Crimson Tide slipped from 59 top votes to 56. No. 2 Oregon, which did not play, picked up the remaining four first-place votes.

In the coaches poll, Alabama received 59 first-place votes and Oregon got the three remaining votes.

Alabama struggled against Colorado State for three quarters before pulling away for a 31-6 victory Saturday. The Tide led 17-6 heading into the fourth.

In the coaches poll, the top 13 included the same teams as last week but the order slightly changed. No. 6 LSU and No. 7 Louisville switched spots. The biggest mover in the top 25 was Michigan falling three spots to No. 17.

Arizona State was the only team to fall from the AP top 25. Fresno State moved into the rankings at No. 25.

---University of Cincinnati freshman offensive lineman Ben Flick was killed in an auto accident on Saturday night in Oxford, Ohio.

Two other Cincinnati players were injured in the one-vehicle crash that occurred after the Bearcats' 14-0 win over Miami of Ohio.

Flick, of Hamilton, Ohio, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Wide receivers Mark Barr of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Javon Harrison of Dayton, Ohio, were taken by helicopter to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Barr was in critical condition and Harrison was stable.

All three players are redshirting and did not travel with the team.

---Rutgers running back Paul James, who entered this weekend's games as the nation's leading rusher, will miss at least the next two games because of a lower leg injury sustained Saturday in the victory over Arkansas.

The school reported James will be out "a few weeks," according to CollegeFootballTalk.com, although it did not give a definitive prognosis or provide details of James' injury.

James led the country in rushing with 493 yards through the first three games. He had 80 against Arkansas, giving him 573 rushing yards and an average of 7.3 yards per carry. James dropped to second in the nation in rushing behind Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon.

--- Texas' leading tackler and arguably its best defensive player, Jordan Hicks, will miss the rest of the season with an Achilles injury suffered in Saturday's 31-21 win over Kansas State, multiple outlets reported.

The Ohio native leads the beleaguered Longhorns defense with 41 tackles. He recorded 2 1/2 tackles for loss against Kansas State before being carted off the field in the second half on Saturday.
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