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Mariota's Heisman chances
Thursday's 26-20 loss to Stanford dealt a severe blow to Oregon's BCS title aspirations, but how will it impact Marcus Mariota's Heisman hopes? The Ducks' superstar quarterback delivered an underwhelming performance against the No. 5 Cardinal. Does Mariota still have a shot at the Heisman? Who gets your vote right now?
Is Alabama vs. FSU inevitable?
Suddenly, the college football landscape looks a lot less rocky. Gone (presumably) from the national-title discussion are the Oregon Ducks -- they of the No. 2 BCS ranking a week ago -- thanks to a deceptively close 26-20 loss to the fifth-ranked Stanford Cardinal on Thursday night. Cemented (presumably) are No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Florida State. Then again, Baylor is unbeaten and made a statement. Ohio State also is undefeated and unlikely to be tested much. And in college football, you never know.
CFB: (3) Oregon at (5) Stanford
Last week's Miami-Florida State tilt was just the appetizer to the month's real heavyweight matchup. The No. 3 (for now?) Oregon Ducks will travel south for a Thursday night game against No. 5 Stanford with huge national championship implications on the line. A win for the Ducks likely would bump them back up to No. 2 in the BCS standings. For Stanford, a win over Oregon could help diminish an ugly loss to Utah and possibly result in a Rose Bowl berth should the Cardinal keep winning. Stanford stole a game at Oregon last season even though the Ducks were 20-point favorites. How do you see this year's game playing out, and has the Ducks-Cardinal rivalry turned into a great one?
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CFB: (6) Stanford at (25) Oregon St.
Two weeks ago the Stanford Cardinal reinforced the notion that college football isn't so much about if you lose but rather when you lose. A horrible loss to Utah could have derailed any hopes at a championship, but just one week later, six teams in the top 10 lost, vaulting the Cardinal up to No. 6 in the first BCS standings. They'll need some more good luck with teams above them losing, but there is a small light at the end of the tunnel. Will it keep shining after a date with Oregon State?