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FSU's spot in BCS poll could be short lived

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston (5) outruns Miami

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston (5) outruns Miami defensive lineman Anthony Chickillo (71) during the first quarter. (Nov. 2, 2013) (Credit: AP)

Florida State fans need to make sure that their celebration is subdued. The Seminoles made a huge statement after a 41-14 thrashing of Miami by vaulting Oregon and taking the No. 2 slot in the latest BCS standings.

Their joy could be short lived.

Third-ranked Oregon plays at No. 5 Stanford (7-1) on Thursday night, while Florida State visits Wake Forest (4-5). A win for Oregon would guarantee them the No. 2 spot in next week’s BCS standings. The Ducks could even see themselves at No. 1 if Alabama loses to No. 13 LSU (7-2). For the Seminoles to even think about keeping their current place, they can’t mess around against Wake Forest.

What about Ohio State? Well, the Buckeyes need two of the top three to lose for them to have a shot at the BCS national title game. Ohio State fans can thank the rest of the Big Ten for being down this season. Michigan State (17) is next highest ranked Big Ten school in the BCS standings. After that it's Wisconsin at No. 24. The Buckeyes' regular season finale at Michigan won't mean much since the Wolverines are not in the lates BCS standings. In fact, Michigan isn't in the AP or Coaches polls this week.

Mid-major report: It wasn’t the best of weekends for No. 16 Fresno State (8-0) or No. 18 Northern Illinois (9-0). Fresno State held at No. 16 after a 41-23 home over Nevada, while Northern Illinois actually dropped a spot, despite a 63-19 win at UMASS. The spotlight and pressure will be on Northern Illinois the next three games, which will all be broadcast on ESPN 2. For a non-BCS conference school to automatically qualify for a BCS Bowl, it must finish at least 12th in the final standings. Both teams face an uphill battle.

1. Alabama (8-0) .9797
2. Florida State (8-0) .9525
3. Oregon (8-0) .9435
4. Ohio State (9-0) .8720
5. Stanford (7-1) .7930
6. Baylor (7-0) .7745
7. Clemson (8-1) .7277
8. Missouri (8-1) .6890
9. Auburn (8-1) .6686
10. Oklahoma (7-1) .6084
11. Miami, Fla. (7-1) .5246
12. South Carolina (7-2) .5111
13. LSU (7-2) .4525
14. Oklahoma State (7-1) .4395
15. Texas A&M (7-2) .4365
16. Fresno State (8-0) .3675
17. Michigan State (8-1) .3394
18. Northern Illinois (9-0) .3169
19. UCLA (6-2) .2904
20. Louisville (7-1) .2510
21. Central Florida (6-1) .2151
22. Arizona State (6-2) .1770
23. Notre Dame (7-2) .1662
24. Wisconsin (6-2) .1288
25. Texas Tech (7-2) .0986
 

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