Alabama Falls to Third in BCS Standings After 9-6 Loss to Top-Ranked LSU

The University of Alabama fell one spot to third in the Bowl Championship Series standings following a 9-6 overtime loss to top-ranked Louisiana State. Oklahoma State is now second in the rankings.

LSU and Alabama had been ranked Nos. 1 and 2 respectively in the first three weeks of college football’s BCS standings, which determine the two teams that will play for the national championship on Jan. 9 in New Orleans.

LSU improved to 9-0 two days ago in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, as Drew Alleman kicked a 25-yard field goal in overtime. Alabama fell to 8-1 after missing four field goals, including a 52-yard attempt in overtime.

Even with one loss, the Crimson Tide remain ahead of unbeaten Stanford (9-0) and Boise State (8-0), which are fourth and fifth respectively. Stanford plays this week against seventh-ranked Oregon (8-1).

Oklahoma State improved to 9-0 in the BCS with a 52-45 win against Kansas State two days ago.

The Cowboys have a .944 BCS average out of 1.000, with LSU at .993. Alabama has a .883 average, ahead of Stanford at .874 and Boise State at .847.

The BCS standings are determined using the USA Today coaches’ poll, Harris Interactive poll and six computer rankings. The University of Houston, which is the only other undefeated team at college football’s top level, is 11th in the BCS with a 9-0 record.

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