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Why FSU could be shut out of title game; teams in line for every BCS bid

Updated: November 4, 2013, 12:52 PM ET
By Brad Edwards | ESPN Insider

SeminolesJohn David Mercer/USA TODAY SportsFlorida State could find itself shut out of the BCS title game at season's end.

With only five weekends left in the regular season, the pool of potential BCS teams is shrinking, but we're still far from having a clear picture of which teams are likely to be playing in the five major bowls.

Let's take a look at the teams in line for each of the 10 spots. Numerous factors affect how bowls select their participants, and some of those factors are already putting a few teams in a better position than others.

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Vizio BCS National Championship Game

Current prediction: Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Oregon Ducks

Next in line for BCS No. 1 and No. 2 spots: Florida State, Ohio State, Baylor, Stanford

Although the battle for the No. 2 spot in the BCS standings is tight right now, Alabama and Oregon are the clear-cut favorites because of their comfortable margins in the polls and relatively strong remaining schedules, which will help them climb a little more in the computer rankings.

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