It was certainly Florida State's night.
Oregon's offense works extremely well against almost all of the elite teams in college football. But against the few teams who are able to stockpile NFL talent on the lines of scrimmage, it has often been abysmal. Thursday night was yet another example, as the Ducks, poised to jump Florida State in the BCS for the No. 2 spot, were physically beaten by Stanford, which amassed a 23-0 lead before Oregon scored.
Oregon made it close late with a score on a blocked field goal, and an onside kick.
In truth, Stanford saved Oregon from a greater embarrassment in a BCS title game against a team with similar line play and better quarterbacking and skill talent than Stanford.
Florida State, if it stays undefeated, will keep its No. 2 ranking in the BCS and play for the BCS title against an opponent that will be determined as the season goes on.
Quarterback Jameis Winston also moves to the front of the Heisman race, as Oregon's Marcus Mariota, perhaps battling an existing knee injury, was brutal, producing by far the worst performance of either quarterback on the year.
Florida State plays at Wake Forest Saturday at Noon.
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