Florida State takes over top spot in BCS, both polls

There’s a new No. 1 in college football.

Florida State (12-0) took over the top spot in the BCS standings on Sunday night after earlier in the day claiming the No. 1 spot in both the coaches’ poll and Associated Press poll.

The Seminoles are also No. 1 in the computer rankings. They jumped up to the top in the BCS and the polls a day after the previous No. 1, Alabama, fell to Auburn and the Seminoles routed Florida 37-7.

This is the first time that Florida State has been ranked No. 1 in the coaches’ poll since the final poll of the 1999 season. And it’s the first time the Seminoles have been on top of the AP poll since Oct. 1, 2000.

Florida State will play No. 20 Duke (10-2) for the ACC title on Saturday at 8 p.m. in Charlotte, N.C. If the Seminoles win, they will play for the BCS championship.

Who might the Seminoles play for the BCS title if they defeat Duke? For now, Ohio State (12-0) is in the driver’s seat. But that could all change Saturday night.

Ohio State is No. 2 in the BCS with a .950 average, followed by Auburn (11-1) at .923, Alabama (11-1) at .853 and Missouri (11-1) at .842.

The Buckeyes will play Michigan State in the Big Ten championship game, and Auburn (11-1) has a chance to make its argument if the Tigers can defeat Missouri in the SEC championship game Saturday afternoon.

It’s even possible that Auburn and Ohio State could both win on Saturday, and the polls and computer rankings could vault the Tigers to No. 2 based on wins over then-No. 1 Alabama and No. 5 Missouri. In what’s been a wildly unpredictable college football season, anything is possible.

The coaches’ poll and AP poll mirrored the BCS’ top 5: Ohio State is No. 2, followed by Auburn, Alabama and Missouri.

Central Florida (10-1) moved up three spots in the BCS to No. 16.

The Knights climbed two spots to No. 17 in the coaches poll and also two spots to No. 15 in the AP poll following its comeback 23-20 win over South Florida. UCF will play at SMU (5-6) on Saturday, and UCF will win the American Athletic Conference title outright with a victory.