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Sooners take sole possession of second

Oklahoma is the only No. 2 in both polls now.

After a week of sharing the No. 2 ranking with Auburn, Oklahoma
edged ahead of the Tigers in The Associated Press Top 25 on Sunday.

No. 1 Southern California lost some support during a bye week,
dropping three first-place votes to 48. Still, the Trojans have a
comfortable lead in the rankings with 1,603 points.

Oklahoma has nine first-place votes, one more than last week,
and 1,541 points. No. 3 Auburn got two more first-place votes than
last week, increasing its total to eight, and 1,536 points.

The Sooners defeated Baylor 35-0 Saturday, and Auburn rallied
in the second half to beat Alabama 21-13.

Oklahoma decided to rest its starters once it got a big lead
against the Bears instead of piling it on to impress voters. Last
week, Sooners coach Bob Stoops did the opposite against Nebraska.

"I'm comfortable in the fact that we chose to run the clock
out," Stoops said. "Anyone that doesn't see the dilemma we're in
is not being totally fair. We're in a bad, bad position right
now."

In the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll, USC is still No. 1 and No. 2 Oklahoma added two points to its lead over No. 3 Auburn.

The Tigers (10-0) needed to pull way out in front of the Sooners
in the polls to make up ground in the Bowl Championship Series
standings, a new version of which will be released Monday.

The Sooners are second behind USC in the BCS standings because
of strong computer ranking. To make up for Oklahoma's large
advantage in the computers, Auburn needs to be a clear No. 2 in the
polls.

No. 4 California, No. 5 Utah and No. 6 Texas all held their
positions from last week in the new rankings.

Louisville moved up to No. 7, followed by Georgia, Miami and
Boise State. Florida State dropped 10 spots to No. 20 after losing
to Florida, 20-13. The Gators moved back into the rankings at No.
25. Michigan, which was upset by Ohio State 37-21, dropped six spots
to No. 13.

Virginia Tech is No. 11, and Iowa, the co-Big Ten champ along
with the Wolverines, is No. 12. No. 14 is LSU, followed by
Tennessee, Virginia, Boston College and Arizona State.

Wisconsin is down to No. 20 after its second straight loss, a
30-7 defeat at Iowa that dashed the Badgers Rose Bowl hopes.

No. 21 West Virginia, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and UTEP join
Florida in the final five.