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updated: 11/24/2013 8:00 PM

NIU reaches 14th in BCS standings

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  • Northern Illinois running back James Spencer (34) receives congratulations from quarterback Jordan Lynch (6) and fullback Rob Sterling (47) after scoring a touchdown against Toledo in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game in Toledo, Ohio, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013.

      Northern Illinois running back James Spencer (34) receives congratulations from quarterback Jordan Lynch (6) and fullback Rob Sterling (47) after scoring a touchdown against Toledo in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game in Toledo, Ohio, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013.
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Northern Illinois moved ahead of Fresno State in the BCS standings and up to No. 14 as the Huskies and Bulldogs jockey to be the last BCS buster.

NIU jumped two spots Sunday and Fresno State slipped one to 16th.

The top three teams in the BCS standings were unchanged: Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State -- the remaining undefeated teams in BCS automatic qualifying conferences.

The other major college unbeatens, Northern Illinois and Fresno State, are fighting for one automatic bid. They have to finish in the top 12 of the last BCS standings, which comes out Dec. 8, or finish in the top 16 while ranking ahead of an AQ-conference champion.

Central Florida is in position to win the American Athletic Conference auto-bid, but is 19th in the latest standings.

BCS standings:

1. Alabama 2. Florida St. 3. Ohio St. 4. Auburn 5. Missouri 6. Clemson 7. Oklahoma St.

8. Stanford 9. Baylor 10. South Carolina 11. Michigan St. 12. Arizona St. 13. Oregon 14. N. Illinois 15. Wisconsin 16. Fresno St. 17. LSU 18. Oklahoma 19. UCF 20. Louisville 21. Texas A&M 22. UCLA 23. Southern Cal 24. Duke 25. Notre Dame

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