Florida State’s resounding 51-14 win over Clemson likely helped give the Seminoles a No. 2 spot in the initial BCS standings that were released on Sunday night.
While two-time defending national champion Alabama (7-0) took the top spot, the Seminoles landed at No. 2 just fractionally ahead of Oregon (7-0).
The difference is just .003, meaning the Seminoles and Ducks could easily win games the next few weeks and flip-flop in the order based on how the polls and computer rankings weigh the games each Saturday over the next seven weeks.
The computer rankings, a key component of the BCS standings, place Florida State at No. 1, followed by Alabama. So the computers, for at least a week, are one of the main reasons why the Seminoles are No. 2 in the BCS.
“I didn’t know if we would get quite to second,” Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said on the BCS announcement show. “But I thought we’d be around third, I really did. Maybe fourth at the lowest. Very happy with where we’re at.”
Florida State (6-0) earned its highest BCS ranking since Dec. 3, 2000. The Seminoles then played Oklahoma for the national title in the 2001 Orange Bowl, with the Sooners taking a 13-2 win.
Ohio State (7-0) and Missouri (7-0) rounded out the top 5. Stanford (6-1) came in at No. 6.
Miami (6-0) landed at No. 7 in the BCS, the highest the Hurricanes have been ranked in the BCS since they were No. 3 on Nov. 13, 2005.
UCF (5-1) opened at No. 23 in the BCS standings. Florida is not in the standings or ranked in the AP or coaches’ polls after suffering three losses this season.
Florida State and Miami will face off on Nov. 2 in Tallahassee in what will not only be a matchup of state rivals but could also go a long way toward sorting out the BCS standings.
Earlier in the day, both Florida State and Miami climbed up in the polls, and UCF joined them in the top 25 on Sunday afternoon.
The Knights are ranked No. 21 in the Associated Press poll and No. 25 in the coaches’ poll following Friday night’s stunning 38-35 win at Louisville in which Blake Bortles found Jeff Godfrey for the game-winning touchdown with 23 seconds left.
The Seminoles moved up two spots to No. 3 in both polls after Jameis Winston threw for a career-high 444 yards in a 51-14 rout of then-No. 3 Clemson on Saturday night.
And the Hurricanes have moved up four spots to No. 6 in the coaches’ poll after surviving on the road Thursday night and defeating North Carolina. Dallas Crawford had 137 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the Hurricanes’ 27-23 win. Miami is No. 7 in the AP poll.