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Sunday, October 27, 2013
BCS: FSU drops to No. 3 behind Oregon

By Heather Dinich

Let the dancing begin.

Florida State and Oregon will tango for the next few weeks, and whenever the music stops, we’ll find out who’s truly No. 2.

This week, it’s Oregon, as Florida State fell to No. 3 in the latest BCS standings. Elsewhere in the ACC, Clemson moved up a spot to No. 8 and Virginia Tech dropped out of the standings completely after its home loss to Duke.

The real contest, though, is between Florida State and Oregon.

Last week, the Noles were No. 2. After a convincing 42-14 win over then-No. 12 UCLA on Saturday, the Ducks jumped Florida State, which beat up on an unranked NC State team that is winless in ACC play. This is no reason for Florida State fans to panic, because FSU plays Miami -- which remained status quo at No. 7 -- on Saturday. If the Noles demolish the Canes the way they have each of their opponents in the past two weeks, odds are they jump back ahead of Oregon next week, as the Ducks have a bye.

Then it will be Oregon’s turn to take the No. 2 spot, assuming the Ducks can beat Stanford on Nov. 7. FSU also still has to play at rival Florida in the regular-season finale, and Oregon ends the season against Oregon State, which was No. 25 in last week's standings.

Bottom line: Florida State needs to keep winning, and winning convincingly. Clemson should hope it does, because if both teams win out, having FSU in the national title game would open the door to a BCS bowl for Clemson.