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Ray's Top 25: No changes up top; Stanford slips

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Ray's Top 25: No changes up top; Stanford slips

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 Four, 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 Four rankings

1AlabamaThis has to get harder at some stage, doesn't it?2Florida StateIt took the Seminoles awhile to remember why they're here3OregonSame thing for the Ducks4GeorgiaAnd the Bulldogs nearly forgot entirely5Kansas StateIdleness is the devil's workshop, unless the devil is in the film room6LSUTowson State was just what you thought it was7TexasAn eye-opening win over Oklahoma State finally earns them a good spot8Notre DameNext up: Miami, Stanford, BYU and Oklahoma9FloridaIn the next four weeks, LSU, Georgia and South Carolina, all at home10South CarolinaActually, the SEC gets harder for everyone now11West VirginiaGeno Smith just won the Heisman, unless he quits football to join the chess team12RutgersUConn looked good against Buffalo, for what that may be worth13Oregon StateThe Civil War may end up being the best game on either team's card14OklahomaTexas Tech is next, and that's one of the easier games. Yikes.15Ohio StateA one-point win at Michigan State may not be pretty, but it's a one-point win at Michigan State16TCUSMU. Big deal.17Mississippi StateNobody at all. Big deal.18ClemsonBC was a tougher out than it should have been19WashingtonHelped expose Stanford's weaknesses for the unbelievers20StanfordAnd predictably, a week later David Shaw was ripped for being unimaginative. Sometimes, fans stink21Southern CaliforniaJust trying not to get kicked out of practice, that's all22LouisvilleNot impressive beating a substandard Southern Miss team, but it is the second of three straight roadies23Iowa StateAnother good showing, this time against Texas Tech24UCLAAfter review, beating Colorado still doesn't count25CincinnatiAnd we'd been led to believe the Big East was lousy

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