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NCAA FOOTBALL: Florida St. takes hold on second

on November 11, 2013 10:50 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — 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.

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 and Florida State benefited.

The Seminoles (.9619) are a solid second in the USA Today 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 Florida State.

Seminoles move to No. 2 in poll

NEW YORK (AP) — Florida State is No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll, the Seminoles’ highest ranking since 2000.

Alabama remains No. 1 and received 56 first-place votes from the media panel. But the other national championship contenders right behind the Crimson Tide took advantage of Oregon’s loss to Stanford on Thursday night and moved up.

Florida State got the other three first-place votes. The Seminoles were last ranked this high during the first half of the 2000 season, the year after they won their most recent national title.

Ohio State is No. 3, followed closely by Baylor. Stanford is fifth. Oregon dropped to No. 6.

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