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Alabama Is No. 1 in First BCS Standings With FSU Ahead of Oregon

Oct. 21 (Bloomberg) -- The University of Alabama is ranked No. 1 in college football’s first Bowl Championship Series standings of the season, while Florida State holds the No. 2 spot ahead of the University of Oregon.

Alabama, the two-time defending national champion, has a 7-0 record after routing Arkansas 52-0 two days ago.

Florida State (6-0) is ranked third behind Oregon (7-0) in both the Harris Interactive Poll and the USA Today coaches’ poll, yet grabbed the second spot in the BCS standings by being ranked No. 1 in the computer polls. The Seminoles two days ago rolled to a 51-14 win at Clemson, which had been 6-0, and Oregon defeated Washington State 62-38.

The BCS standings, which determine who plays for the national championship on Jan. 6 in Pasadena, California, factor in the USA Today coaches’ poll and Harris Interactive poll in addition to six computer rankings. Only twice in the past 15 years have the teams ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the initial standings gone on to play in the championship game, according to BCS executive director Bill Hancock.

“A lot can change over the next seven weeks,” Hancock said in a statement. “Let the roller coaster ride begin.”

Alabama has a .984 rating out of 1.000 in the BCS standings, with Florida State at .935 and Oregon at .932.

There’s then a drop to Ohio State (7-0), which is fourth with a .855 rating. Missouri (7-0), Stanford (6-1), Miami (6-0), Baylor (6-0), Clemson (6-1) and Texas Tech (7-1) round out the top 10.

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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