You don't need Nielsen to know Oregon at Stanford will be the highest-rated television show in Tallahassee on Thursday night. FSU is rooting hard for Stanford to put a first loss on Oregon, which would clear a BCS title-game path for the Seminoles.
FSU moved back into second place in the BCS standings released Sunday night, edging past idle Oregon behind first-place Alabama. But the Seminoles' lead is thin, and their stay at No. 2 could be short again.
The Seminoles and Ducks have exchanged positions in the BCS standings the past two weeks. An Oregon victory over Stanford likely would push the Ducks back into second.
The top two in the final standings play in the BCS Championship Game.
FSU (.9525 BCS average) is third in the coaches poll and the Harris poll, though the Seminoles gained ground on the Ducks. FSU is No. 1 in the computer ratings.
Oregon is second in the polls and third in the computers.
Alabama is first in the polls by a hefty margin and second in the computers with five weeks left in the regular season. But like Stanford, LSU also can shake up the BCS standings. The Tigers play at Alabama on Saturday.
Ohio State is fourth in the standings and needing help to get to the title game even if it finishes unbeaten because the Big Ten is having a down year. The Buckeyes rank 81st in strength of schedule, lagging behind Alabama (47), Oregon (62) and FSU (54). Ohio State's remaining schedule features Illinois (3-5), Indiana (3-5) and Michigan (6-2).
Miami (7-1) fell four spots to No. 11 after its loss at FSU. The Hurricanes are looking up at five other one-loss teams: No. 5 Stanford, No. 7 Clemson, No. 8 Missouri, No. 9 Auburn and No. 10 Oklahoma.
Louisville (20th) and Central Florida (21st) are the highest-ranked teams from the American Athletic Conference, which gets an automatic BCS bowl bid.
In the Associated Press poll, idle Alabama received a season-low 52 first-place votes. Oregon got two, and FSU received a season-best six firsts. Notre Dame moved back into the rankings at No. 24, and Michigan fell out.
Miami RB Johnson (ankle) out for season
CORAL GABLES — Hurricanes leading rusher Duke Johnson is out for the season after fracturing his right ankle Saturday in a loss to FSU. Surgery is planned this week.
"He ran the ball well (Saturday),'' coach Al Golden said. "He's starting to impose himself in games now, so I'm really disappointed for him."
The Hurricanes will turn to backs Dallas Crawford, Gus Edwards, Eduardo Clements, Maurice Hagens and Walter Tucker, who have a combined 621 yards rushing. Johnson has 920 yards on 145 carries.
Miami will also have to make adjustments on special teams, where Johnson has a team-high 396 yards on kickoff returns.
In other news, the ACC announced that Miami's game against Virginia Tech on Saturday will start at 7 (ESPN).
TEXAS A&M 57, UTEP 7: Johnny Manziel threw four touchdown passes and ran for two scores in less than three quarters for the host Aggies.
FRESNO ST. 41, NEVADA 23: Derek Carr threw for 487 yards to break the school career passing record and lead the host Bulldogs to an 8-0 start for the first time since 1989. Carr has 10,821 yards passing to surpass Kevin Sweeney's mark. The Wolf Pack has lost four straight in a season for the first time since 2001.