Oregon back to No. 2

Ducks handle UCLA and pass Florida State in BCS Rankings
Oct. 28, 2013 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
Byron Marshall celebrates one of this three touchdowns Saturday.
AP photo.

The University of Oregon football team moved back to where most of the nation and all of Oregon want it to be Sunday when the second BCS Rankings were reveleased - right behind Alabama.

Following a decisive 42-14 win over No. 12 UCLA, Oregon edged past Florida State, which dominated North Carolina State 49-17 Saturday, but still dropped as the Wolfpack were unranked.

Oregon, 8-0, plays at No. 5 Stanford, 7-1, Nov. 7 with a victory essentially assuring the team a spot in the National Championship game, Jan. 6, as long as it wins out from there.

Two-time defending national champion Alabama remained No. 1, with unbeaten Ohio State at No. 4.

UCLA dropped to No. 20.

Oregon State fell out of the national rankings after its 20-12 loss to Stanford Saturday. The Beavers, who had their six-game win streak snapped and dropped to 6-2, play host to USC, 5-3, Friday night.

Oregon's Marcus Mariota continued to move toward an invitation to the Heisman Trophy ceremony by throwing for 230 yards and a touchdown Saturday. Mariota has yet to throw an interception this season.

Byron Marshall ran for 133 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Oregon ground game, which racked up 323 total yards.