FSU drops one spot in BCS; Miami, UCF hold steady

The flip-flopping has begun.

Despite cruising to a 32-point win, Florida State slipped to the No. 3 spot in the BCS on Sunday night as Oregon slipped into the No. 2 position that the Seminoles had held in last week’s rankings.

The computer rankings, which had Florida State at No. 1 last week, have shifted and placed Alabama first, followed by Oregon and then the Seminoles.

With so much football left to play, it’s possible that Florida State and Oregon could change spots a few more times before the final BCS standings are released after the conference championship games.

Two-time defending champion Alabama (8-0) retained the No. 1 spot, followed by Oregon (8-0), Florida State (7-0), Ohio State (8-0) and Stanford (7-1). At No. 6 is Baylor, followed by Miami.

It’s clear that two regular-season games will shift the BCS. Miami plays at Florida State on Saturday, while Oregon and Stanford face off on Nov. 7.

Central Florida is 23rd.

Florida State and Miami both maintained their spots in the coaches’ poll on Sunday, with the Seminoles at No. 3 and the Hurricanes at No. 6. In the AP poll, Florida State is still No. 3 and Miami retained its No. 7 ranking. The teams will play in Tallahassee on Saturday at 8 p.m.

Central Florida (6-1) moved up two spots in the AP poll to No. 19. The Knights gained three spots in the coaches’ poll to No. 22.

The Seminoles (7-0) routed NC State 49-17 as Jameis Winston had three passing touchdowns and the Florida State defense kept the Wolfpack off the scoreboard in the first half.

The Hurricanes (7-0) needed a pair of Duke Johnson fourth-quarter touchdowns to escape with a 24-21 win over Wake Forest.

The Gators, who were off, are not ranked. Florida (4-3) will play Georgia on Saturday in Jacksonville.

The BCS rankings will be out later Sunday.