USC rocked the national championship race late Saturday night, knocking off rival Stanford to shake up the pecking order at the top.
|Rank||Team (first place votes)||Record||Points||B/R Ranking|
|2||Florida State (6)||10-0||1487||2|
Stanford was the only Top 10 team to stumble in Week 12 and is officially out of the BCS national championship picture with two blemishes now on its resume. But the stunning result was just as meaningful for Ed Orgeron's Trojans, who have reentered the Top 25 after picking up their fourth win in a row. Orgeron said the following, per USCTrojans.com:
It was a tremendous effort by the organization and the coaching staff. For some reason on Monday was a belief that we were going to prepare as well as we could and find a way to win the game. I'm awfully proud of our men. This is something we've wanted for the past Trojans and coaches that fought hard. This is for the Trojan Family.
USC remains one game back of Arizona State in the Pac-12 South division race.
The Top Four remains unchanged as Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State and Baylor all won comfortably by double digits on Saturday.
The two-time defending national champions found themselves in a dogfight with Mississippi State in Starkville, but the Tide were able to overcome four turnovers thanks to yet another dominant defensive performance and an impressive 160-yard rushing effort from T.J. Yeldon.
The Crimson Tide will host Chattanooga this coming weekend before wrapping up the regular season against bitter rival Auburn in the Iron Bowl.
Meanwhile, Heisman Trophy candidate Jameis Winston threw for 277 yards and two touchdowns to power Florida State to a 56-point win over Syracuse in Tallahassee. Winston did all that damage in just one half of action, as he sat the second half.
The Seminoles are a lock to improve to 11-0 overall next Saturday when they host Idaho.
Unlike the Tide and 'Noles, Ohio State is still on the outside looking in at a potential BCS title game berth. The Buckeyes earned another convincing victory in Week 12 to advance to 10-0 for the second straight season under head coach Urban Meyer. The Big Ten powerhouse steamrolled Illinois behind a career day from running back Carlos Hyde, who rushed for 246 yards and four touchdowns.
The Buckeyes will host Indiana on Senior Day next weekend before concluding the regular season at Michigan.
A handful of other national championship hopefuls won big in Week 12. Baylor overcame a slow start to hang 63 points on Texas Tech, Clemson cruised past Georgia Tech in prime time on Thursday night and Oregon crushed Utah behind a bounce-back effort from quarterback Marcus Mariota.
With several dangerous teams still in the hunt as Week 13 approaches, the excitement is nearing a fever pitch.
While there aren't many intriguing matchups that jump out on the schedule this coming weekend, there will be plenty at stake and another opportunity for an upset when undefeated Baylor travels to Oklahoma State and Arizona State visits UCLA.
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