College football roundup: Florida, Oregon State, USC drop in polls

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Alabama was a unanimous No. 1 in both major college football polls released Sunday and Kansas State and Notre Dame both moved up a notch. But Florida, Oregon State, USC and Rutgers all took a tumble after losing games on Saturday.

The Crimson Tide earned all 60 first-place votes in the Associated Press media poll and all 59 first-place votes in the USA Today coaches poll.

Oregon remained No. 2 in both polls, while Kansas State (which beat Texas Tech) and Notre Dame (which knocked off Oklahoma) moved up to No. 3 and 4, respectively, after beating teams that were ranked.

Ohio State moved up to No. 6 in the AP poll, but is ineligible to be ranked in the coaches poll.

Florida slipped from No. 3 to No. 8 in both polls after its loss to Georgia, and USC, which was 10th and eighth in the two polls last week, dropped to No. 18 in the AP poll and No. 17 in the USA Today rankings.

Oregon State fell from No. 7 in the AP poll and No. 9 in the coaches poll, to No. 13 in both polls after losing to unranked Washington.

Rutgers was ranked 15th in last week's AP poll, but dropped completely out of the top 25 with its loss to Kent State. The Scarlet Knights remained No. 25 in the coaches poll.

--South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier did not provide a lot of information on Sunday about the season-ending knee injury sustained by running back Marcus Lattimore on Saturday.

Spurrier did confirm in his Sunday teleconference that Lattimore had a dislocated kneecap, which was fairly evident in the replays of the gruesome injury.

But he deferred to medical experts regarding other issues, such as the extent of the ligament damage, so that remains unclear.

Although Spurrier said the team doctor said there's a chance Lattimore could return in 2013, he also said, "There could be a chance it could be two years down the road."

---Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron left Saturday's game against Mississippi State because of a back injury, but coach Nick Saba says McCarron is fine and could have returned to the game if needed. The Tide was already in control of the game and won 38-7. McCarron is expected to start in next Saturday's game at LSU.
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