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Duke finds itself just in time

Oct 30, 2001 5:23 AM

For one shining moment, it appeared Duke had victory in sight and an escape from the Dirty Dozen top spot.

Then, reality set in. Vandy responded to the pressure and handed the Dirt Devils a 21-point loss that has Duke fans counting the days to the college basketball season.

Another near hit occurred at Toledo, where Navy threw a major scare into the Rockets before finally falling, 21-20. The imperfect season is still alive, but the Middies did gain much respect against the best team of the Mighty Mac.

Five schools entered the poll, including old buddies Nevada, Buffalo (not the Bills) and La-Monroe. Meanwhile, the BCS is bound to be in chaos if Miami winds up being denied a spot in the top two. Should OU be rated over the Hurricanes, the Dozen has room.

GT DIRTY DOZEN

   W-L   ATS
1 Duke   0-8   2-6
2 California   0-7   0-6
3 Navy   0-6   2-3
4 Tulsa   1-6   0-6
5 Houston (new)   0-7   2-5
6 Idaho (new)   0-8   3-5
7 Nevada (new)   1-6   4-3
8 Indiana   1-5   1-5
9 Buffalo (new)   1-7   4-4
10 Ohio (new)   1-6   2-5
11 Miss State   1-5   2-4
12 LA Monroe (new)   1-6   4-2

Dozen record: 7-77 SU, 26-54 ATS
Also receiving votes: Monti Rock III, Howard Stern, Don Imus, Osama bin Laden.

BCS RANKINGS

   PTS   REC
1 Nebraska   2.02   9-0
2 Oklahoma   7.59   7-1
3 Miami   7.71   6-0
4 Michigan   11.75   6-1
5 Texas   14.25   7-1
6 Stanford   14.57   5-1
7 Tennessee   15.37   5-1
8 Florida   16.44   6-1
9 UCLA   18.83   6-1
10 Oregon   23.88   7-1
11 Washington   24.55   6-1
12 Wash State   31.30   7-1
13 BYU   32.73   8-0
14 Purdue   33.93   5-1
15 Virginia Tech   34.89   6-1

The official poll was due to be released late Monday night.