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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.
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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?
CFB: (15) Wash. at (5) Stanford
Before Sunday, this appeared to be a fairly straightforward matchup -- one fueled by the two Pac-12 teams' high rankings, their thirst to contend with No. 2 Oregon in the North division, and -- for the No. 5 Stanford Cardinal -- revenge-filled thoughts after last season's loss to the Washington Huskies in Seattle. Then came USC's decision to fire Lane Kiffin, and suddenly UW coach Steve Sarkisian became caught up in the rumblings. The coach says it won't make a difference. We shall see ...
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