Oregon win over UCLA lifts Ducks to No. 2 in BCS

McClatchy news servicesOctober 28, 2013 

Oregon passed Florida State and moved into second place behind Alabama in the BCS standings released Sunday.

The Ducks jumping the Seminoles was not a surprise. Florida State had a slim lead on the Ducks in the first standings last week. Oregon’s convincing 42-14 victory against UCLA gave the Ducks the boost it needed.

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

Florida State, 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.

Two-time defending national champion Alabama is first across the board.

Ohio State is still fourth after its 63-14 victory against Penn State. Stanford is fifth after beating then-No. 25 Oregon State, followed by unbeaten Baylor and Miami.

BAYLOR AT NO. 5 IN AP POLL

The Associated Press Top 25 poll matched the BCS standings with Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Ohio State in the top four spots, but placed Baylor at No. 5 after the Bears beat Kansas, 59-14, on Saturday.

It is Baylor’s best ranking in the AP Top 25 in 60 years.

Missouri fell five spots to No. 10 after losing 27-24 to South Carolina, which jumped from No. 20 to 14.

AUBURN QB SHOULD PLAY

Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall and his sore right, throwing shoulder should be ready to play against Arkansas this Saturday according to offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee.

Marshall hurt his shoulder early in the Tigers’ 45-10 victory over Florida Atlantic two days ago and didn’t return to the game.

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