After a week at No. 3, Florida State returned to the No. 2 position in this week’s edition of the BCS standings.
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Florida State (8-0) handed Miami its first loss of the season on Saturday, giving it a big enough boost to surpass No. 3 Oregon.
Alabama (8-0) remained No. 1 in the country, while No. 4 Ohio State, No. 5 Stanford and No. 6 Baylor also stayed put.
Florida State earned a perfect rating from the BCS computers, earning the top spot in five of the six rankings. Alabama earned the other top ranking, but each team’s highest and lowest computer rankings are thrown out and not used in the BCS formula.
Miami (7-1) fell four spots to No. 11 after its loss. The Hurricanes are now looking up at five other one-loss teams: Stanford, No. 7 Clemson, No. 8 Missouri, No. 9 Auburn and No. 10 Oklahoma.
Auburn passed Miami and Oklahoma to move up two spots after cruising past Arkansas on Saturday. The Sooners did not play in preparation for a Big 12 showdown with unbeaten Baylor on Thursday night.
Oregon was also off Saturday ahead of another big Thursday night game. A win at Stanford should return the Ducks to No. 2.
Florida State debuted at No. 2 in the first edition of the BCS standings Oct. 20, then fell to third after Oregon beat UCLA and moved up to No. 2 last week.
If the season ended today, No. 16 Fresno State would earn a BCS berth. That’s because the 8-0 Bulldogs are ranked in the top 16 and ahead of teams from the American Athletic Conference.
Fresno State and No. 18 Northern Illinois are both ahead of No. 20 Louisville and No. 21 UCF, the only ranked teams from the AAC, formerly the Big East.
Texas A&M dropped three spots to No. 15 despite winning 57-7 over UTEP on Saturday. No. 12 South Carolina gained two spots by jumping A&M and No. 13 LSU, which had a bye week.
No. 14 Oklahoma State moved up four spots after pummeling Texas Tech 52-34, which fell 10 spots to No. 25.
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No. 17 Michigan State jumped five positions after controlling Michigan 29-6. The Wolverines were the only team to fall out of the standings this week.
No. 22 Arizona State (6-2) moved into the standings for the first time this year.
Notre Dame climbed two spots to No. 23. In an unusual twist for the Irish, Notre Dame is getting more love from the computers — ranks of 15, 16 and 21 were used in the formula — than from the polls, where the Irish are No. 25.