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Oregon New No. 2 In BCS

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As expected, Oregon jumped Florida State and moved to No. 2 in the BCS standings released Sunday.

Alabama strengthened its hold on No. 1, claiming the top spot in both human polls and four of the six computer rankings.

The Ducks dominated the competition all year, but hadn't faced any regarded teams until beating then-AP No. 12 UCLA. Quarterback Marcus Mariota and his teammates will have a chance to distance themselves even more from No. 3 FSU if they can exact revenge on Stanford this week. The Cardinal are No. 5 in the latest BCS standings.

Alabama (.9937), Oregon (.9517) and Florida State (.9211) have a stronghold on the two BCS championship spots. It's unlikely the Seminoles will play for a national title if all three win out, and it seems guaranteed that teams like Ohio State (.8840), Stanford (.7918), Baylor (.7645) and Miami (.7560) need varying degrees of help to have a chance at the final BCS-orchestrated title.

Missouri and Texas Tech, previously unbeaten, fell to No. 9 and 15, respectively, after losing Saturday.

The ACC has three teams in the top eight, including Clemson (No. 8).

There are several big games on the horizon, including the aforementioned No. 2 Oregon/No. 5 Stanford, No. 3 Florida State/No. 7 Miami, No. 6 Baylor/No. 10 Oklahoma and No. 1 Alabama/No. 13 LSU.