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BCS Standings
Avg Prev
1. Alabama .9937 1
2. Oregon .9517 3
3. Florida St. .9211 2
4. Ohio St. .8840 4
5. Stanford .7918 6
6. Baylor .7645 8
7. Miami .7560 7
8. Clemson .6687 9
9. Missouri .6096 5
10. Oklahoma .6064 15
11. Auburn .6025 11
12. Texas A&M .4812 16
13. LSU .4630 13
14. South Carolina .4486 21
15. Texas Tech .3749 10
16. Fresno St. .3669 17
17. N. Illinois .3335 18
18. Oklahoma St. .3113 19
19. Louisville .2599 20
20. UCLA .2338 12
21. Michigan .1875 22
22. Michigan St. .1811 NR
23. Central Florida .1789 23
24. Wisconsin .0993 NR
25. Notre Dame .0928 NR

Oregon passes Florida St. in BCS rankings

Oregon passed Florida State and moved into second place behind Alabama in the BCS standings.

The Ducks jumping the Seminoles was not a surprise. Florida State had a slim lead on the Ducks in the first standings last week. Oregon’s convincing 42-14 victory against UCLA gave the Ducks the boost they needed.

Oregon moved up to third from fourth in the computer ratings and remained second in both the USA Today coaches’ poll and the Harris poll to give it a .9517 BCS average.

Florida State, after routing North Carolina State 49-17, has a .9211 BCS average. The Seminoles are third in each poll, though they gained a little ground on the Ducks, and second in the computer ratings.

Two-time defending national champion Alabama is first across the board.

Alabama’s remaining schedule is LSU, Mississippi State, Chattanooga and Auburn before a possible Southeastern Conference championship game. If the Crimson Tide run the table, it’ll likely play in a third straight BCS championship game, and fourth in five years.

Florida State has a chance to gain on Oregon this week when it plays seventh-place Miami on Saturday. The Ducks are off, but Oregon’s next game comes against sixth-place Stanford on Nov. 7.

Florida State’s schedule after Miami has Wake Forest, Syracuse, Idaho and Florida before a possible Atlantic Coast Conference championship game. Oregon’s schedule after Stanford has Utah, Arizona and Oregon State before a possible Pac-12 championship game.

The long-term forecast looks good for the Ducks, with the Pac-12 generally rated tougher than the ACC.

Ohio State is still fourth in the standings after its 63-14 victory against Penn State. The Buckeyes’ remaining games are against Purdue, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, and are in great shape for a Big Ten championship game appearance, too. Still, the Buckeyes probably need two of the teams ahead of them to lose to move up.

Stanford is sixth in the standings, followed by unbeaten Baylor and Miami.

Fresno State, in 16th-place, and Northern Illinois, in 17th, are maneuvering to become the final BCS busters, in this the last year of the Bowl Championship Series.

Fresno State, from the Mountain West Conference, or NIU, from the Mid-American Conference, can earn an automatic BCS bid by reaching the top 12 in the final BCS standings. Both will likely need to remain unbeaten to have a shot.

Louisville, in 19th place, and Central Florida, in 23rd place, are currently the highest ranked American Athletic Conference teams in the standings.

Notre Dame moved into the standings at 25th place after beating Air Force on Saturday.

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