FSU edges Oregon for No. 2 in latest BCS standings
Just three weeks in, the BCS standings have shifted yet again.
Florida State and Oregon have again flip-flopped, with the Seminoles vaulting marginally ahead of the Ducks on Sunday night. But Florida State’s lead is just .009.
The Seminoles were the top team in the BCS when the rankings debuted on Oct. 20. Then Oregon jumped in front last week. Now Florida State is ahead after routing Miami 41-14 in a top-10 showdown.
But for how long?
Oregon (8-0) will play Stanford (7-1) on Thursday night in a top-5 matchup that could sway voters and the computer rankings yet again.
Miami (7-1) fell to 11th in the BCS.
Central Florida (6-1) is 21st in the BCS.
Florida State remains No. 3 in both the coaches’ and Associated Press polls, but the Seminoles have now earned three first-place votes from the coaches.
The Seminoles’ 41-14 win over Miami on Saturday night clearly made an impression on a number of coaches. Florida State’s offense showed off its playmakers on a national stage, as Jameis Winston had his fifth 300-yard game of the season and tailback Devonta Freeman had three touchdowns.
It’s the first time this season that the Seminoles (8-0) have earned the top spot on any coach’s ballot. And it’s an indication that Florida State is closing the gap on No. 2 Oregon. Next up for the Seminoles is a road game with Wake Forest.
Miami (7-1) fell to No. 14 in both polls after the loss, in which Stephen Morris threw two second-half interceptions. The Hurricanes will try to rebound in a pivotal Coastal Division game at Sun Life Stadium against Virginia Tech.
Central Florida (6-1) remained at No. 19 in the AP poll, and gained one spot to 21st in the coaches poll. The Knights had a bye on Saturday and are now preparing to play Houston.
The top 5 in both polls remain the same — No. 1 Alabama leads the way, followed by Oregon, Florida State, Ohio State and Baylor.
The BCS rankings will be released later Sunday night.