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.

Humphrey scores 21 to help Stanford beat Oregon State 62-46

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Humphrey scores 21 to help Stanford beat Oregon State 62-46

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Michael Humphrey had 21 points and Marcus Allen added a career-high 12 to lead Stanford to a 62-46 victory Thursday night over Oregon State, keeping the Beavers winless in Pac-12 conference play.

It was the third straight win for the Cardinal (11-8, 3-4 Pac-12), coming off a pair of victories at home last week against the league's Washington schools.

Stephen Thompson Jr. led the Beavers (4-15, 0-6) with 15 points. Oregon State, which trailed by as many as 17 points late after jumping out to an early nine-point lead, has lost six straight games.

The Cardinal were without Reid Travis, the team's top scorer and rebounder with averages of 16.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. Reid injured his right shoulder in Stanford's 76-69 victory over Washington last Saturday. He had missed the previous two games with a similar injury.

The Beavers have struggled without top scorer Tres Tinkle, who was averaging 20.2 points a game before he broke his right wrist on Nov. 25 against Fresno State. Tinkle has missed 13 games.

But Oregon State did have forward Drew Eubanks, who was a game-time decision because of a thigh injury. Eubanks was averaging 14.6 points going in. He finished with eight points against Stanford.

Beavers coach Wayne Tinkle tweaked his starting lineup, giving sophomore Gligorije Ravocevic his first career start. Ravocevic replaced Matt Dahlen, who had started the last 10 games.

At least at the start, the Beavers had spark, going up 16-7 on three consecutive 3-pointers — two by Thompson and a third by JaQuori McLaughlin. Thompson hit another 3 to give Oregon State a 19-11 lead.

But Stanford closed the gap, pulling within 20-17 on Marcus Sheffield's jumper with a little more than five minutes left before the break.

Humphrey's dunk got Stanford within 25-23, and Allen's layup tied it. Humphrey made two free throws to give the Cardinal a 27-25 halftime lead.

Sheffield's 3-pointer made it 37-32 with 12:35 left as the Cardinal began to pull away. Humphrey's layup stretched the lead to 45-36 with 8:20 left.

BIG PICTURE

Stanford: The Cardinal won six of the previous eight meetings with Oregon State. ... Allen was making his first start of the season.

Oregon State: The Beavers have been hurt by injuries this season. Players have missed more than 40 games, including center Cheikh N'diaye, who has missed 10 games and is out indefinitely with an injured left shoulder.

UP NEXT

Stanford: The Cardinal visit No. 11 Oregon on Saturday. The Ducks defeated California 86-63 on Thursday, but preseason All-America forward Dillon Brooks injured his lower left leg late in the first half and did not return.

Oregon State: The Beavers host the Golden Bears on Saturday night.

Cal falls to No. 11 Oregon; Ducks lose Brooks

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Cal falls to No. 11 Oregon; Ducks lose Brooks

EUGENE, Ore. — Jordan Bell scored a career-high 26 points, Casey Benson had 15 on five 3-pointers and No. 11 Oregon rolled to an 86-63 victory over California on Thursday night.

The Ducks (17-2, 6-0 Pac-12) matched a 104-year-old school record with their 15th consecutive win, but they lost preseason All-America Dillon Brooks to a lower leg injury late in the first half.

Brooks, who had offseason surgery on his left foot, limped off the court as Oregon was building a 44-30 halftime lead. Oregon officials tweeted that Brooks had injured his lower left leg after he did not appear with his teammates for the second half.

Bell took up the scoring slack by shooting 11 of 12 from the field to go with six rebounds and four blocked shots.

Jabari Bird had 21 points to lead the Golden Bears (13-6, 4-3), who had won three straight and eight of their last 10 meetings with the Ducks.