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Baylor gains on No. 3 Ohio State in BCS standings

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Updated: 11/18/2013 6:28 am

Irving, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Alabama and Florida State still sit atop the BCS standings, but there was plenty of movement for those trying to sneak into the national title game.

Sunday's release of the standings revealed Ohio State stayed in front of Baylor for the coveted No. 3 spot, but even though both programs are undefeated and the Buckeyes currently hold a slight advantage in the BCS averages, the Bears have a stronger strength of schedule remaining.

Baylor (9-0, .8856) still has games against Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas on the horizon, while Ohio State (10-0, .8869) only has Indiana and Michigan left on its regular season slate.

Whichever program can stay perfect will benefit if either Alabama or Florida State suffers a loss, which did not happen this past weekend with their wins over Mississippi State and Syracuse, respectively.

The Crimson Tide (10-0, .9914) stayed No. 1 for the fifth straight week, though the Seminoles (10-0, .9661) gained a little ground for the top spot.

Stanford (8-2, .6238) took the biggest tumble in the standings after its surprising loss to USC. The Cardinal were coming off a victory over then- unbeaten Oregon and climbed to fourth in the standings with a slight chance of overtaking Ohio State.

But Saturday's setback dropped Stanford back to ninth, now four spots behind No. 5 Oregon (9-1, .7917).

Auburn, which plays Alabama in two weeks, came in at No. 6, Clemson and Missouri are seven and eight, respectively, and Oklahoma State rounds out the top-10.

No. 15 Fresno State (9-0) and No. 16 Northern Illinois (9-0) are the nation's top two squads from outside the automatic qualifying conferences.

This is the final year the national championship will be determined by the BCS standings, which factor in the USA Today Poll, the Harris Poll and six computer rankings.

A highly anticipated four-team playoff will be installed for the 2014 season.

Alabama and Notre Dame played in the BCS final last year, and the Crimson Tide won handily, 42-14, en route to their third championship in four years. The win also extended the SEC's streak to seven consecutive national champions.

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