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For Jayhawks and Tigers, rise in poll a hint of what's to come

NEW YORK -- Kansas' improbable climb has the unbeaten
Jayhawks ranked higher than ever and preparing to play their
biggest game ever.

Kansas was No. 2 in The Associated Press Top 25 released Sunday
behind top-ranked LSU. Next up for the Jayhawks -- No. 3 Missouri.

The Tigers and Jayhawks meet Saturday in Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium. In a
rivalry that dates to 1891, the stakes have never been this high.
The winner takes the Big 12 North and will go to the conference
championship game with national title aspirations.

The Jayhawks moved up two spots this week and the Tigers jumped
three places after Oregon and Oklahoma both picked up their second
losses of the season.

The Jayhawks had never been ranked higher than No. 3, which they
did for three straight weeks in 1968, the year of their last
conference title.

Missouri has its highest ranking since the Tigers were No. 1 on
Nov. 14, 1960.

Oregon fell from No. 2 to No. 9 after losing 34-24 at unranked
Arizona on Thursday night. Oklahoma dropped from No. 3 to No. 10
after losing 34-27 Saturday night at unranked Texas Tech. Eleven
times this season a top-five team has lost to an unranked opponent.

LSU received 60 first-place votes Sunday out of a possible 65
from the media panel. Kansas got three first-place votes, Missouri
had one, as did No. 4 West Virginia.

Ohio State (11-1) moved up two spots to No. 5 after finishing
its regular season with a 14-3 victory over Michigan. The
Wolverines fell out of the rankings for the second time this season
after ending the season with two consecutive losses.

The Bowl Championship Series Standings were to be released later
Sunday with LSU and Kansas expected to be at the top.

No. 6 Georgia, No. 7 Arizona State and No. 8 Virginia Tech, join
Oregon and Oklahoma in the top 10.

Georgia has wrapped up its Southeastern Conference season and
plays rival Georgia Tech on Saturday. The Bulldogs can still earn a
spot in the SEC title game if No. 19 Tennessee loses at Kentucky.

Arizona State (9-1) now controls the Pac-10 race and plays No.
11 USC on Thanksgiving.

Virginia Tech can earn a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference
title game by beating No. 16 Virginia on Saturday.

No. 12 Florida and No. 13 Texas play rivalry games this week.
The Gators host Florida State on Saturday and the Longhorns are at
Texas A&M on Friday.

Unbeaten Hawaii dropped a spot to No. 14 after a 28-26 victory
at Nevada without star quarterback Colt Brennan. The Warriors face
No. 17 Boise State at home Friday night in a game that'll determine
the Western Athletic Conference champion and maybe a BCS bid.

No. 15 Boston College earned an ACC Atlantic Division title by
beating Clemson 20-17 Saturday and will play for the conference
title against either Virginia or Virginia Tech in Jacksonville,
Fla., on Dec. 1.

No. 18 Illinois and No. 20 Connecticut round out the second 10.

Clemson fell six spots to 21st after losing to BC. Wisconsin is
No. 22.

No. 23 BYU, the Mountain West champions, entered the rankings
for the first time this season. The Cougars finished last season
No. 12.

No. 24 Cincinnati slipped four spots after a 28-23 loss at home
to West Virginia, and Auburn moved back into the rankings at No.
25.

Also falling out this week was Kentucky, which lost 24-13 at
Georgia.

Northern Iowa, the top-ranked team in the Championship
Subdivision (formerly I-AA), received one point from the media
panel, a 25th-place vote from Ray Ratto of the San Francisco
Chronicle.

After Appalachian State beat Michigan this season, the AP
changed its policy to allow teams from all divisions to be
eligible for its Top 25.