Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Colleges

FSU falls behind Oregon to No. 3 in BCS

Oregon passed Florida State and moved into second place behind Alabama in the BCS standings released Sunday. Oregon's 42-14 win against UCLA gave the Ducks the boost they needed.

Oregon moved up to third from fourth in the computer ratings and remained second in both the coaches' poll and the Harris poll to give it a .9517 BCS average.

FSU, after routing North Carolina State 49-17, has a .9211 BCS average. The Seminoles are third in each poll, though they gained a little ground on the Ducks, and second in the computer ratings. Alabama is first across the board.

The long-term forecast looks good for the Ducks, with the Pac-12 generally rated tougher than the ACC. FSU has a chance to gain on Oregon when it hosts seventh-place Miami on Saturday. Oregon's next game is against fifth-place Stanford on Nov. 7.

After Miami, FSU has Wake Forest, Syracuse, Idaho, Florida and a possible ACC title game. After Stanford, Oregon has Utah, Arizona, Oregon State and a possible Pac-12 title game.

Alabama's remaining schedule is LSU, Mississippi State, Chattanooga and Auburn before a possible SEC title game. If the Crimson Tide runs the table, it will likely play in a third straight BCS championship game, and fourth in five years.

Ohio State remained fourth. The Buckeyes' remaining games are against Purdue, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, and they are in great shape for a Big Ten title game appearance. Still, Ohio State probably need two e teams ahead of it to lose to move up.

UCF is No. 23 in the BCS.

In the Associated Press poll, the first four remained unchanged: Alabama, Oregon, FSU and Ohio State. Baylor moved up to No. 5, its best ranking in 60 years.

Michigan State is ranked for the first time this season at No. 24, a week ahead of a big game against No. 23 Michigan.

AUBURN: Quarterback Nick Marshall, who left Saturday's game with a right shoulder injury, practiced Sunday and is expected to be ready for this week's game against Arkansas.

nebraska: Quarterback Taylor Martinez, who returned from a left foot injury Saturday, said he still is not at full strength. Martinez said the injury was inaccurately described as turf toe, a sprain of the ligaments around the big toe joint. The injury is to his second and third toes.

Late Saturday

STANFORD 20, OREGON ST. 12: Tyler Gaffney ran for three touchdowns for the visiting Cardinal. The Beavers trailed 20-9 with less than four minutes remaining and nearly forced overtime. Down by eight, Oregon State drove to the Stanford 7 with 30 seconds remaining, but four consecutive incompletions stopped the rally and ended the Beavers' six-game winning streak.

FRESNO ST. 35, SAN DIEGO ST. 28, OT: Marteze Waller ran for a 1-yard touchdown on the visiting Bulldogs' first overtime possession, then cornerback Derron Smith knocked down a fourth-down pass. The Aztecs had a chance to win in regulation, but Seamus McMorrow's 37-yard field goal was blocked by Marcel Jensen. Asked if it his toughest loss ever, San Diego State coach Rocky Long said: "Oh, I've been around losses as tough as that one, sure. I'm an old man. I've been around a lot of them."

Texas 30 TCU 7: The visiting Longhorns overcame a lightning delay that lasted three hours, six minutes — longer than it took to play the game that ended early Sunday morning. While Texas is tied atop the Big 12 standings with Baylor, the Horned Frogs have to win three of their last four just to be bowl eligible.

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