The University of Alabama and Florida State remain the top two teams in college football’s Bowl Championship Series standings for the third straight week, while Baylor pulled closer to No. 3 Ohio State.
Two-time defending national champion Alabama improved its record to 10-0 with a 20-7 win over Mississippi State on Nov. 16. The Crimson Tide has a .991 rating out of 1.000 in the BCS standings, which determine the two teams to play for the national title on Jan. 6 in Pasadena, California.
Florida State is also 10-0 after a 59-3 rout over Syracuse two days ago, the same score by which the Seminoles beat Wake Forest a week earlier. The Seminoles have a BCS rating of .966, with a dropoff to Ohio State (10-0) at .887.
Baylor (9-0) moved up one spot to fourth at .886 after a 63-34 win over Texas Tech coupled with Stanford’s 20-17 loss to the University of Southern California. Stanford (8-2) dropped five spots to ninth in this week’s BCS standings.
The University of Oregon (9-1) is the highest-rated one-loss team at No. 5, followed by Auburn (10-1), Clemson (9-1) and Missouri (9-1). Oklahoma State (9-1) rounds out the top 10 of the BCS standings, which are determined by the Harris Interactive Poll, the USA Today coaches’ poll and an average of six computer rankings.