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Ray's Top 25: Stanford drops in rankings

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Ray's Top 25: Stanford drops in rankings

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 Six, 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 Six rankings

1AlabamaNot sure what you're expecting from them other than 42-102OregonTook the week off to enjoy their castorian brethren whip BYU3Kansas StateWinning at Iowa State is a statement that Wildcats have already made4FloridaBeating Vanderbilt wasn't as helpful as the other teams in their pod going down hard5OklahomaAsk Texas if Oklahoma is overrated6Notre DameAnother strong but not overwhelming win7Florida StateCrushing Boston College is essentially holding serve8Louisiana State21 is a lot for them to give up, even against South Carolina. 23 is a lot more for them to score9Oregon StateThe Civil War is now the Big Game10South CarolinaA little less time worrying about mean old writers is on the OBC's to-do list11Mississippi StatePutting a hard boot into Tennessee's fading dreams is worth a step up12Ohio StateThey barely beat Indiana. Indiana, for God's sake.13RutgersSyracuse by eight is just acceptable enough14GeorgiaDid nothing. Didn't have to.15Texas TechWest Virginia got a face full of howdy16ClemsonIdle by design17West VirginiaFirst hard lesson about the Big 12 has just been delivered18Southern CaliforniaWashington at Seattle has shown itself to be a tough ask19LouisvilleThe showdown with Cincinnati is in 12 days20Texas A&MThey needed all 59 to beat Louisiana Tech21CincinnatiSee two slots above22OhioThe state of Ohio is 33-6, and that includes Miami being 3-4.23Louisiana TechNobody loses better24Texas ChristianWinning at Baylor by four scores is a hard thing to do25Arizona StateThis may be a short stay, as Oregon is Thursday

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