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No surprise in latest BCS rankings

Florida State's Devonta Freeman looks for an opening

Florida State's Devonta Freeman looks for an opening against Maryland in the first quarter. (Oct. 5, 2013) (Credit: AP)

Oregon jumping Florida State in the latest BCS rankings shouldn’t be a shock. The Ducks ran roughshod over a talented UCLA team, 42-12, while the Seminoles beat a bad NC State team.

Sometimes voters let the “what-have-you-done-for-me-lately” scenario take over the decision-making part of their brains. There’s nothing wrong with that in this case because the Ducks (8-0, 5-0 PAC-12) thoroughly outplayed an excellent Bruins team.

Outside of Saturday’s tilt at Stanford and their regular-season finale against Oregon State, the Ducks might have the clearest path to the BCS national title game. Seminoles fans shouldn’t shed any tears, though. With Saturday’s home game against No. 7 Miami and its regular-season finale against Florida, there is still a chance Florida State could jump Oregon in the polls. But that chance will get a lot slimmer if the Seminoles don't beat the Hurricanes going away and Oregon rolls over Stanford the way it did Washington and UCLA.

On the mid-major front, Fresno State (7-0) and Northern Illinois (8-0) are 16 and 17, respectively, in the latest rankings. The only way for either squad to get an automatic bid to a BCS Bowl is by finishing 12th or better in the final BCS standings.

BCS STANDINGS

1. Alabama (8-0) .9937
2. Oregon (8-0) .9517
3. Florida State (7-0) .9211
4. Ohio State (8-0) .8840
5. Stanford (7-1) .7918
6. Baylor (7-0) .7645
7. Miami, Fla. (7-0) .7560
8. Clemson (7-1) .6687
9. Missouri (7-1) .6096
10. Oklahoma (7-1) .6064
11. Auburn (7-1) .6025
12. Texas A&M (6-2) .4812
13. LSU (7-2) .4630
14. South Carolina (6-2) .4486
15. Texas Tech (7-1) .3749
16. Fresno State (7-0) .3669
17. Northern Illinois (8-0) .3335
18. Oklahoma State (6-1) .3113
19. Louisville (7-1) .2599
20. UCLA (5-2) .2338
21. Michigan (6-1) .1875
22. Michigan State (7-1) .1811
23. Central Florida (6-1) .1789
24. Wisconsin (5-2) .0993
25. Notre Dame (6-2) .0928
 

Tags: Florida State , Alabama , Oregon , Miami , BCS

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