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An official in the Big East told The Associated Press that conference leaders are slated to vote Monday on raising that fee, which will clear the way to invite six new members.

Along with Boise State, which would be invited only to play football in the Big East, the league also wants to invite Air Force and Navy as football-only members and Conference USA members Central Florida, SMU and Houston to join in all sports.

The Big East has only six football schools committed to the league beyond this season. The conference would like to get to 12 football members and split into two divisions, East and West, and play a championship game.

Boise State president Robert Kustra says the university’s responsibility is to get the Broncos as close as possible to an automatic qualifying status in the BCS.

The Broncos bolted the Western Athletic Conference to join the MWC this year.

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ROLLING TIGERS

Even when top-ranked LSU isn’t playing its best, the Tigers are still finding ways to dominate games.

Jarrett Lee and LSU got off to a slower start than usual against Tennessee but wore the Volunteers down in a 38-7 victory on Saturday. It was a record sixth straight victory over a Southeastern Conference East Division opponent for the Tigers, and their seventh consecutive win by a double-digit margin.

It was a departure in the series between the two teams in which three of the last four games have been decided by a touchdown or less, including last year’s bizarre finish in Baton Rouge when LSU scored the winning touchdown after the game was extended by a Tennessee penalty for too many men on the field.

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NUMBERS

2_Wins in a row by Oklahoma State in Austin after 12 consecutive years of excruciating defeats. The sixth-ranked Cowboys beat No. 22 Texas 38-26.

9_Wins with no losses by Utah against current teams in the Big East after a 26-14 win over Pittsburgh.

91_Points scored, most ever in the series between Appalachian State and The Citadel. The Mountaineers won 49-42.

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