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Stanford jolts Oregon and OSU's hopes in BCS race
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Stanford's win over Oregon Thursday night means as much to some other teams in the national championship race as it does to the Cardinal.
Here are five things to know about the BCS chase after Oregon's loss.
SEMINOLES SITTING PRETTY: No. 3 Florida State is looking good. The Seminoles were second in the BCS standings behind Alabama, but conventional wisdom was that Oregon, thanks to a Pac-12 schedule that is tougher than Florida State's Atlantic Coast Conference slate, would pass FSU. With Oregon out of the undefeated mix the race becomes between Florida State, Ohio State and Baylor. That's a race the Seminoles have a much better chance to win.
BEARS IN HUNT: Baylor isn't going away. That was not exactly a vintage Oklahoma team the Bears beat 41-12 in Waco, Texas, in Thursday's other spotlight game, but the Sooners are solid and Bryce Petty and high-scoring Baylor overwhelmed them. The Bears still have games against Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Texas. If they can get through unbeaten and do so with more lopsided victories, they'll have a nice resume to matchup against Florida State's.
BUCKEYES IN A BIND: Ohio State needs more help. The Buckeyes can blowout all the Big Ten foes they can, and it's still going to be hard for them to draw poll votes away from Florida State. It's not that the Big Ten is any worse than the ACC, but Florida State's impressive and easy victories against ranked Clemson and Miami, compared to Ohio State's close win against ranked Wisconsin will likely keep the Buckeyes behind the 'Noles if both keeping winning.
TOUGH ROAD: What about Stanford? The Pac-12 from top to bottom is very good, but losing to Utah will make it tough for the Cardinal to work their way into a BCS title game even if three of the top-four (Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State and Baylor) lose.
TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS: And Alabama? Just win, baby. The Crimson Tide have no one to worry about but themselves, starting with No. 10 LSU on Saturday night in Tuscaloosa.
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