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FSU solidifies No. 2 BCS ranking

Florida State took firm hold of second place in the BCS standings behind top-ranked Alabama and grabbed the inside track to the national championship game.

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The Seminoles were second last week but seemed likely to get passed by Oregon if the Ducks could have remained unbeaten. Stanford, however, handed Oregon its first loss of the season Thursday night.

FSU (.9619) is a solid second in the coaches' poll and Harris poll, and second in the computer rankings that make up the final third of a BCS average.

Ohio State (.8926) is third in the polls but fourth in the computers. The Buckeyes are closer to fourth-place Stanford (.8689) than FSU. Unbeaten Baylor (.8618) is fifth, not far behind the Cardinal (.8689).

"Just win," BCS analyst Jerry Palm of cbs.com said of the Seminoles. "They control their own destiny now."

The Buckeyes haven't had a chance to change the momentum because they haven't played ranked opponents since beating Wisconsin and Northwestern in back-to-back weeks in late September and early October.

"Ohio State never had a game where they could get some juice with the voters, get the voters' attention," Palm said.

Palm said it's likely if Alabama or FSU — or both — stumble, it would be Ohio State or Baylor moving into the top two spots.

The Buckeyes finish with Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, with a possible Big Ten title game against Michigan State. FSU finishes with Syracuse, Idaho and Florida, with an ACC title game against Virginia Tech, Miami, Georgia Tech or Duke.

In the Associated Press poll, Texas Tech, once 7-0 and ranked No. 10, is now unranked after its third straight loss. Notre Dame also fell out of the rankings. No. 23 Texas and No. 25 Georgia moved in. LSU dropped eight spots to No. 18 after losing at Alabama, the Tigers' worst ranking since the first regular-season poll of 2010 when they were 19th.

UF game time set: Saturday's game at South Carolina begins at 7 (ESPN2). Receiver Solomon Patton, the Gators' most consistent offensive player, is expected to be okay after he left a loss to Vanderbilt with a knee injury.

Valparaiso: Coach Dale Carlson was fired a day after a 72-12 loss to Butler. Carlson, in his fourth season, was 3-40.

Late Saturday

UCLA 31, ARIZONA 26: Freshman linebacker Myles Jack played offense, too, rushing for 120 yards on his first six carries of the season and scoring on a 66-yard run for the Bruins. On defense, Jack, 6 feet 1, 225 pounds, had eight tackles as the Bruins won in Tucson for the first time since 2003.

FRESNO ST. 48, WYOMING 10: Derek Carr threw for 366 yards and four touchdowns and the visiting Bulldogs scored 48 straight. The Cowboys are 0-15 against ranked teams under fifth-year coach Dave Christensen.

Women's soccer: FSU wins ACC title 1-0

CARY, N.C. — Dagny Brynjarsdottir scored in the first half and Florida State beat Virginia Tech 1-0 in the ACC title game. The Seminoles (18-1-3) likely clinched a No. 1 region seed in the NCAA tournament.

FSU defender Kassey Kallman was named tournament MVP.

Gators fall: Florida (17-4-1) lost 2-1 to Texas A&M in the SEC title game in Orange Beach, Ala. The Gators will wait for today's 64-team NCAA tournament announcement at 4:30.

Volleyball

HCC takes tournament: Hillsborough Community College beat State College of Central Florida 26-24, 15-24, 26-24, 21-25, 15-12 to win the Florida College System Activities Association State Tournament. Mariam Moldonado was the tournament MVP. The Hawks will represent Florida at the National Junior College Athletic Association National Championship Tournament in Casper, Wyo. on Nov. 21-23.

FSU solidifies No. 2 BCS ranking 11/10/13 [Last modified: Monday, November 11, 2013 12:20am]
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