Irving, TX (Sports Network) - Alabama sits at its usual perch atop the BCS
standings, which were released Sunday for the first time this season.
The two-time reigning BCS champion Crimson Tide have been nothing short of
spectacular in rolling to a perfect 7-0 record, outscoring their opponents,
201-16, over the past five games.
The dominating display has Alabama No. 1 in the USA Today and Harris Poll and
an overall BCS composite of .984.
The second spot in the original standings went to Florida State (6-0, .935)
following its thorough 51-14 blowout of former title contender Clemson on
The strength of the Seminoles' schedule gave them the No. 1 spot in the
computer rankings and a slight edge over Oregon (7-0), which sits third at
.932 despite not being seriously tested thus far.
That may change Saturday when the Ducks host UCLA.
A weekend full of upsets resulted in a lot of changes in the polls, as
Clemson, UCLA, LSU, Texas A&M and Louisville all lost.
Ten unbeaten teams remain, including Ohio State and Missouri, which came in at
fourth and fifth, respectively, in the BCS poll.
Stanford, Miami-Florida, Baylor, Clemson and Texas Tech round out the top-10,
while potential BCS busters Fresno State (6-0) and Northern Illinois (7-0) sit
at 17 and 18, respectively. Stanford is the highest ranked one-loss team.
This is the final year the national championship will be determined by the BCS
standings, which factor in the USA Today Poll, the Harris Poll and six
A highly anticipated four-team playoff will be installed for the 2014 season.
Alabama and Notre Dame played in the BCS final last year, and the Crimson Tide
won handily, 42-14, en route to their third championship in four years. The
win also extended the SEC's streak to seven consecutive national champions.
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