Boise State loses despite not playing

Sunday, September 12, 2010; 8:36 PM

Boise State could be counted as one of Saturday's losers though it didn't even play.

The Broncos' defeat of then-No. 10 Virginia Tech at FedEx Field on Sept. 6 was supposed to be Exhibit A against those who suggested their schedule wasn't worthy of a national title contender. But after the Hokies' stunning loss to James Madison and impressive wins by No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Ohio State, Boise State lost seven of the eight first-place votes it held in the Associated Press top 25 poll. Though still ranked third, the Broncos trail the Buckeyes by 104 points in the poll, compared to 13 the week before. . . .

Georgia Coach Mark Richt said Sunday that he must plan to be without A.J. Green for a third straight week, but he's hoping the NCAA shortens the star wide receiver's suspension this week.

The NCAA ruled last week that Green must sit out four games to regain his eligibility after selling a game jersey for $1,000. Richt said he's not sure when the appeal will be heard and said "there's no guarantee we'd get an answer the same day." He said he has been told Tuesday is "the best-case scenario." . . .

Oklahoma running back Brennan Clay has been released from the hospital after being injured in the Sooners' win against Florida State.

Coach Bob Stoops said"everything has checked out well" for Clay, who was back at home on campus Sunday. However, he says it's still unclear how long the freshman will be sidelined.

Clay was carted off the field in the fourth quarter of Oklahoma's 47-17 win on Saturday. He had just made a six-yard reception to pick up a first down when he was leveled by Seminoles safety Nick Moody.

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