Florida is first BCS No. 1 team

Florida is first BCS No. 1 team

Published Oct. 25, 2009 12:44 a.m. ET

The Gators were the top-ranked team in the first BCS rankings of the 2009 season, holding a slight lead over their SEC rivals, .989 to .953. Despite struggling to get past unranked Arkansas on Saturday, Florida was ranked No. 1 in each of the three components used to determine the BCS standings -- the Harris poll, the coaches poll and the computer rankings.

Alabama was No. 2 in each of those three components. The Tide also held a comfortable lead over No. 3 Texas in the BCS standings, which seems to suggest that it's at least a possibility that Florida and Alabama could meet in both the SEC title game and the BCS Championship (provided both teams run the table until then).

That being said, a couple of potential spoilers are lurking at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively, in the standings.

Would-be BCS buster Boise State is ranked fourth, and has strong support from both the human voters (No. 5 in both the Harris and the USA Today polls) and the computers (No. 5). Cincinnati, meanwhile, is ranked fifth, and the Bearcats are looking like a decent bet to finish the season undefeated.


Undefeated Iowa is ranked No. 6, in large part because of the strength of its showing in the computer polls; the computers have the Hawkeyes ranked No. 3, while the human voters are considerably less enamored of the Big Ten frontrunner.

USC, TCU, LSU and Miami round out the rest of the top 10.