Cats fall out of Top 25

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.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

1. LSU (60) 10-1 1,619
2. Kansas (3) 11-0 1,541
3. Missouri (1) 10-1 1,469
4. West Virginia (1) 9-1 1,457
5. Ohio State 11-1 1,341
6. Georgia 9-2 1,246
7. Arizona State 9-1 1,219
8. Virginia Tech 9-2 1,131
9. Oregon 8-2 1,057
10. Oklahoma 9-2 1,031
11. USC 8-2 967
12. Florida 8-3 874
13. Texas 9-2 863
14. Hawaii 10-0 795
15. Boston College 9-2 678
16. Virginia 9-2 614
17. Boise State 10-1 597
18. Illinois 9-3 548
19. Tennessee 8-3 512
20. Connecticut 9-2 327
21. Clemson 8-3 294
22. Wisconsin 9-3 274
23. Brigham Young 8-2 158
24. Cincinnati 8-3 149
25. Auburn 7-4 100
Others Receiving Votes
Texas Tech 89, South Florida 73, Kentucky 38, Michigan 19, Arkansas 9, Air Force 7, California 6, Florida State 6, Oregon State 5, Penn State 4, Utah 4, UCF 2, Tulsa 1, Northern Iowa 1.
Dropped From Rankings
Kentucky 22, Michigan 23.