Stanford Eliminates Self From National Title Consideration

Stanford Eliminates Self From National Title Consideration

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It wasn’t supposed to happen this way. Stanford, recovering from a surprise loss to Utah on Oct. 12, had knocked off three straight nationally ranked Pac 12 teams including Oregon, keeping its slim national title aspirations alive.

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This past Sat. the Cardinal visited the USC Trojans and found itself on the wrong side of a 20 to 17 score. Now, with games left against California and Notre Dame, Stanford is playing for pride and perhaps for a New Year’s Day bowl appearance. But with its loss against USC, it will be probably be Oregon playing against Arizona State for the Pac 12 title, not the Cardinal.

Stanford’s loss did not cause a seismic shift in the most recent bowl rankings. Alabama and Florida State are firmly in the 1-2 spots in the BCS poll followed by Ohio State and Baylor. Oregon is now No. 5. And in possession of the No. 6 position are the Auburn Tigers. The Tigers have two weeks to prepare for their regular season ending finale against the Crimson Tide while Alabama has a tune up game against Chattanooga.

Alabama Looks Lethargic

Concerns about Alabama’s invincibility were commonplace during and after the Tide’s game against Mississippi State on Sat. Alabama played without passion, finding itself ahead of the Bulldogs by just 10 to 7 early in the third quarter. It was a game that should have been no contest, but became one as the Tide never found a way to annihilate the Bulldogs. The Tide should have no trouble against Chattanooga this Sat., but if they play the same way that they did against Mississippi State when they face Auburn, the BCS picture might suddenly change.

Florida State continues to demonstrate why they are the team most likely to play in the BCS title game that isn’t Alabama. After carpet bombing Syracuse on Saturday, they’ll play one of the worst teams in the nation when 1-9 Idaho comes to town. The Seminoles are averaging 52 points per game while Idaho is ceding 45 points per game on average. Expect the ‘Noles to rest much of team after the first half to reserve energy against Florida the following weekend.

Heimsan Hopeful Accusation

Speaking about Florida State, quarterback Jameis Winston is in the driver’s seat to win this year’s Heisman Trophy. Through 10 games he has thrown for 28 touchdowns and has run for three more. With 2,938 yards passing he’ll be looking to throw often against the Vandals on Sat. But there is a big distraction hanging over the freshman’s head: a sexual battery case filed in Tallahassee last Dec. has been getting plenty of publicity this past week. Winston’s attorney expects that his client will be exonerated reports USA Today.

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