Florida State No. 2 In Initial BCS Standings
It seemed unthinkable a month ago, but Oregon and Ohio State both could finish undefeated and left out of the final BCS championship.
That's because Alabama and Florida State are No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in the initial BCS standings released Sunday.
The infamous BCS-affiliated computers like FSU even ahead of Alabama, ranking the Seminoles No. 1 in three of six polls. Alabama claimed two No. 1 spots and Missouri got the other.
Florida State (.935) holds a slight advantage over Oregon (.932), though the Ducks should assume the No. 2 spot by beating BCS No. 12 UCLA and BCS No. 6 Stanford in the next two weeks.
Oregon also could face UCLA or Arizona State in the Pac-12 championship, while Florida State could get a boost by facing BCS No. 7 Miami in two weeks, Florida at the end of the regular season and either Miami or BCS No. 14 Virginia Tech in the ACC championship.
Multiple scenarios still remain on the table and either team could lose in the meantime, but FSU has a good chance to finish at No. 2 in the BCS standings if Alabama, Oregon and the Seminoles win out.
The Tide (.984) has a comfortable advantage at No. 1 in the BCS standings, while Ohio State (.855) and Missouri (.822) are a distance from Oregon.
The computers even favor Missouri over Oregon at this point.
The ACC, with Clemson at No. 9, is the only conference with three teams in the BCS Top 10.
Baylor is the Big 12's top team at No. 8, while the Mountain West's Fresno State (No. 17) is the highest-ranked school outside the Power Five conferences. Louisville, considered an outside shot for the BCS championship before the season, tumbled to No. 20 in the initial standings after a loss to UCF.