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Alabama, Florida Remain 1-2 in College Football’s BCS Rankings

Oct. 22 (Bloomberg) -- The University of Alabama and University of Florida remain the top two teams in the Bowl Championship Series rankings, while Kansas State climbed one spot past fellow unbeaten Oregon into third.

Defending champion Alabama was No. 1 in the season debut of the BCS standings last week, followed by Southeastern Conference rival Florida. The Crimson Tide rolled to a 44-13 road win at Tennessee two days ago and the Gators matched them at 7-0 with a 44-11 rout of then-seventh ranked South Carolina.

Alabama has a .963 rating out of 1.000 in the standings, which are determined using the USA Today coaches’ poll, Harris Interactive poll and six computer rankings. Florida is at .931.

Kansas State (7-0) jumped Oregon in the BCS after a 55-14 road victory at West Virginia, which had been ranked 13th.

Oregon is also 7-0 after opening a 43-7 halftime lead in its 43-21 win at Arizona State on Oct. 18. Kansas State has a .911 BCS average, with Oregon at .897.

Notre Dame (7-0) is fifth in the BCS standings at .851, followed by Louisiana State, which at 7-1 is the highest-ranked one-loss team. Oregon State (6-0) is ranked seventh, followed by Oklahoma (5-1), Southern California (6-1) and Georgia (6-1).

Unbeaten Mississippi State is ranked 11th, while Rutgers University and Louisville -- also both 7-0 -- are 15th and 16th in the BCS standings, respectively.

The top two teams in the final BCS standings on Dec. 2 will play in the national championship game on Jan. 7 in Miami. Alabama and Florida don’t play each other during the regular season, yet could meet in the Southeastern Conference title game on Dec. 1 if both remain atop their respective divisions.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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