Florida State University regained the No. 2 spot in college football’s Bowl Championship Series standings behind top-ranked Alabama after a 41-14 rout of previously-undefeated Miami.
Florida State was second in the initial BCS standings two weeks ago and was overtaken by the University of Oregon in last week’s rankings following the Ducks’ 42-14 win over UCLA.
FSU moved past Oregon this week after outscoring Miami 20-0 in the second half to improve to 8-0 for the first time since 1999, when the Seminoles won the national championship.
Alabama (8-0) has a .980 rating out of 1.000 in the BCS standings, which determine the two teams to play for the national championship on Jan. 6 in Pasadena, California. Florida State is at .953, followed by Oregon (8-0) at .944.
Oregon will get a chance to move past Florida State again as the Ducks visit fifth-ranked Stanford (7-1) on Nov. 7.
Florida State next plays Wake Forest (4-5) on Nov. 9, when two-time defending national champion Alabama hosts 13th-ranked Louisiana State (7-2).
Ohio State (9-0) is ranked fourth in the BCS standings, which are determined by the Harris Interactive Poll, the USA Today coaches’ poll and an average of six computer polls. Stanford, Baylor (7-0), Clemson (8-1), Missouri (8-1), Auburn (8-1) and Oklahoma (7-1) round out the top 10. Miami (7-1) fell to 11th from seventh with its loss at Florida State.