- The Washington Times - Monday, October 8, 2007

From combined dispatches

Virginia Tech linebacker Vince Hall was to undergo surgery for a broken left wrist yesterday and is expected to miss four to six weeks.

Athletic trainer Mike Goforth said surgeons at Montgomery Regional Hospital were to insert a plate into Hall’s wrist to help stabilize it.

The leading tackler was injured in Virginia Tech’s 41-23 win over Clemson on Saturday, when he collided with fellow linebacker Xavier Adibi. He led the Hokies with 11 tackles.

Hall is fourth in the ACC in tackles a game and has 61 this year.

His replacement in the staring lineup has not been announced.

POLL: No doubt about it, LSU is No. 1.

As for the rest of the Top 25, five wild weeks of college football have taken quite a toll.

The Tigers were a unanimous choice for the top spot in the Associated Press rankings, receiving all 65 first-place from the media panel. The last unanimous No. 1 during the regular season was Ohio State in December.

LSU is one of just four teams that started the season ranked in the top 10 and remain there. The others are No. 6 Oklahoma, No. 8 West Virginia and No. 10 Southern Cal, which became the latest team to take a tumble after a startling loss to an unranked opponent.

The Trojans lost to Stanford 24-23 on Saturday, then dropped eight spots in the rankings.

California is the new No. 2, with its best showing in the AP Top 25 since 1951, when the Golden Bears were No. 1.

Ohio State is No. 3, and No. 4 Boston College has its highest ranking since Doug Flutie led the Eagles to fourth in 1984. South Florida, which entered the poll for the first time three weeks ago, is now No. 5.

A week before the first Bowl Championship Series standings are released, LSU is a unanimous No. 1 in all the major polls. In the coaches’ poll, the rest of the top five includes California, Ohio State, Boston College, and Oklahoma and South Florida are tied for fifth.

On Saturday, a week after half the top 10 and nine ranked teams lost, another four top-10 teams and 11 ranked teams overall went down Saturday.

As a result, there are 10 teams in the latest rankings, including four in the top 10 (Boston College, South Florida, No. 7 South Carolina and No. 9 Oregon), that were unranked to start the season.

Coach Steve Spurrier has led South Carolina to its highest ranking since Dec. 12, 1984, when the Gamecocks were also seventh.

It’s nice, very nice, Spurrier said. We appreciate it. Obviously it’s good for our football program, for our university and all that. But we realize that it’s almost exactly halfway through the season, six games. A lot can happen in the next six.


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