Oregon jumps Florida State to No. 2 in BCS; Alabama stays No. 1
After Florida State debuted at No. 2 in the first round of BCS standings, Oregon jumped the Seminoles on Sunday.
The Ducks landed at No. 2 in the second round of BCS rankings after dropping No. 12 UCLA at home on Saturday. Alabama again stood strong at No. 1, with Florida State (3), Ohio State (4) and Stanford (5) rounding out the top five.
The complete BCS rankings:
3. Florida State
4. Ohio State
12. Texas A&M
14. South Carolina
15. Texas Tech
16. Fresno State
17. Northern Illinois
18. Oklahoma State
22. Michigan State
25. Notre Dame
A few thoughts:
• Oregon’s jump over Florida State comes despite the Seminoles’ own dominant performance in a 49-17 win over NC State. But in reality, both the Ducks and the ‘Noles could make compelling arguments for the No. 2 spot. Each program has taken advantage of weak spots on their schedules while also passing major tests along the way. The question is what happens if both teams finish the season without a loss — a serious possibility for both teams.
• Thanks to Missouri’s last-second loss to South Carolina at home, the previously unbeaten Tigers dropped to No. 9 in the latest BCS standings. Mizzou can take solace in remaining the unexpected leader in the SEC East, but the Tigers’ loss paved the way for Stanford to move into the BCS top five at No. 5, making the Cardinal the highest-ranked one-loss team in the country.
• Notre Dame made its first appearance in the BCS rankings in the thick of a disappointing season. One year after losing in the BCS National Championship, the two-loss Irish appeared in the standings after losses by No. 24 Nebraska and No. 25 Oregon State.
• Undefeated Fresno State climbed one spot to No. 16 in the latest set of rankings. If the season ended today, the Bulldogs of the Mountain West would earn an automatic BCS berth because they rank higher than the leader of an automatic-qualifying conference. UCF, the likely champion from the American Athletic Conference, remained at No. 23.