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Ray's Top 25: Boise State bouncing back

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Ray's Top 25: Boise State bouncing back

Every week, our Senior Decider votes in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, which of course makes all other opinions both superfluous and valueless (hey, dont say you never get your moneys worth here).

So here, after Week Seven, is the world of college football, whether you like it or not. And if you dont, theres a new one next week you might like better.

RELATED: Ratto's Week Seven rankings

1 Alabama Yeah, yeah, yeah. Blah, blah, blah. 2 Oregon If you just took first halves, an easy No. 1. Second halves, they'd be 63rd. 3 Kansas State Taught West Virginia a valuable lesson about moving costs. 4 Florida Edged South Carolina by almost five scores. 5 Oklahoma Kansas remains un-good. 6 Florida State At Miami is a good win. A very good win. 7 Louisiana State Texas A&M gave the Tigers all they could eat, but the Tigers ate all they needed. 8 Notre Dame The wins are nice, the opponents strong, the margins unsettling. 9 Oregon State Not their best game, but good enough. 10 Mississippi State The last gimme. 11 Rutgers They continue to decline the opportunity to be exposed. 12 Texas Tech Scored more in their overtime than Notre Dame did all day. 13 Southern California They're not back yet, but they can see it from where they're standing. 14 Georgia Kentucky by five? This is not an inspirational moment. 15 Clemson Virginia Tech must not be very Virginia Tech this year. 16 Ohio State Purdue in overtime, plus a catastrophic injury doesn't make anyone in Columbus happy. 17 South Carolina Quite the comeuppance for the Ol' Ball Coach. 18 Louisville Barely beat South Florida. 19 Texas A&M Doesn't deserve to drop after performance against LSU. 20 Toledo Second-best team in the state maybe? 21 Ohio Or is it these guys, who were off this week? 22 Boise State Quietly winning since early stumble. 23 Northern Illinois One loss, to Iowa. You make room for that. 24 Louisiana Tech 70 against Idaho is probably running it up, but sometimes it can't be helped. 25 Cincinnati This could have been lots of teams (Tulsa, West Virginia), but Toledo loss is no shame.

Limping Love leads Stanford to Big Game win over Cal

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Limping Love leads Stanford to Big Game win over Cal

BOX SCORE

PALO ALTO — Bryce Love rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown despite missing most of the fourth quarter after aggravating an ankle injury, and No. 20 Stanford held off California 17-14 on Saturday to keep its Pac-12 title hopes alive.

K.J. Costello completed 17 of 26 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown, Ben Edwards made a key interception in the fourth quarter and Cameron Scarlett rushed for 49 yards on the final drive in place of Love to help the Cardinal (8-3, 7-2 Pac-12) milk the clock and win its eighth straight Big Game.

Stanford can earn a spot in the Pac-12 championship game against USC but needs some help.

The Cardinal can get there if No. 15 Washington State loses to No. 16 Washington next week. If the Cougars — who beat Stanford 24-21 on Nov. 4 — beat the Huskies, they get the nod because of the tiebreaker.

The nation's leading rusher going into the game, Love was held in check most of the game by Cal's defense and sat out the final 11:43 after re-injuring his ankle that has bothered him for the past month. He did stay on the field long enough to score a 57-yard touchdown — his 11th run of 50 yards or longer this season.

Scarlett, Love's primary backup all season, also came up big for Stanford. Scarlett rushed for 61 yards, the majority coming on the Cardinal's last drive that took the final 7:25. Scarlett's 2-yard gain on 4th-and-1 kept the drive going.

Patrick Laird ran for 153 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries while Ross Bowers passed for 182 yards and a touchdown for California. The Golden Bears (5-6, 2-6) need a win in their final game to become bowl eligible in coach Justin Wilcox's first season.

THE TAKEAWAY

California: The Bears made the Cardinal sweat and kept the game a lot closer than many thought possible. Wilcox's defense did a good job bottling up Love most of the game but couldn't stop Scarlett on the final drive which was huge. Still, there are plenty of positives for Cal to take out of this one.

Stanford: It wasn't the best game for David Shaw's team but the Cardinal gritted it out and held off a pesky Cal team that had plenty to play for. The conference title can still happen but before that Stanford has a pretty big game coming up against Notre Dame.

UP NEXT

California: Ends the regular season at UCLA on Saturday.

Stanford: The Cardinal stay home and will host No. 9 Notre Dame on Saturday. Stanford has won the last two and six of last eight against the Irish.

Former Cal running back suffers scary spine injury, taken to hospital

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Former Cal running back suffers scary spine injury, taken to hospital

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The New Orleans Saints say running back Daniel Lasco has feelings in his extremities after suffering a spinal injury making a tackle on a kickoff return during today's game at Buffalo.

Lasco was loaded into an ambulance on the field and taken to a hospital.

He was hurt six minutes into the second quarter when he appeared to lower his head while tackling Bills returner Brandon Tate. 

Lasco played four seasons at the University of California, Berkeley. He gained 1,471 yards from scrimmage with 14 touchdowns his junior year. In 2015 as a senior, Lasco was limited to nine games and only totaled 355 yards. 

The Saints selected Lasco in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

The Associated Press contributed to this report