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Alabama Win Keeps Tide on Top of BCS Standings

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Alabama's thrilling comeback win over LSU on Saturday evening solidified the Crimson Tide's hold on the top spot in this week's BCS Standings. Kansas State remains in the No. 2 position while Oregon jumps to No. 3 after pulling away from USC on the road for a 62-51 victory. Notre Dame slipped one spot after escaping against unranked Pittsburgh in overtime, while Georgia, which can clinch the SEC East title with a win over Auburn on Saturday, rounds out the top five.

The SEC adds three more teams just behind Georgia as Florida moves up to No. 6, followed by LSU, which only slips to No. 7 after giving the top-ranked Crimson Tide its toughest challenge of the season. South Carolina is No. 8 after its bye week. Louisville is No. 9 as the Big East frontrunner remains undefeated after rolling over Temple in the second half on Saturday. Florida State is the top ACC team in the standings as the Seminoles check in at No. 10 this week.

The fastest rising team is UCLA, which jumps from being unranked all the way to No. 18 after a blowout of previously-ranked Arizona. With Boise State losing and dropping out of the rankings, the top-ranked school from a non-automatic qualifying conference is Louisiana Tech, which jumped from No. 25 to No. 20. The Bulldogs will receive an automatic bid to the BCS if they reach the top 14, or if they are in the top 16 and ahead of the champion from an automatic-qualifying league.

Also joining the rankings this week are Rutgers (No. 23), Northwestern (No. 24) and Toledo (No. 25). The Rockets will have their hands full on Tuesday evening as they host Ball State in a Tuesday evening game on ESPN2.

While the SEC remains the conference with the most representatives at seven, the Pac-12 has moved into the second slot with five ranked teams. The Big 12 has four ranked programs, followed by the Big East, the ACC and the Big Ten with two each. The Western Athletic Conference and the Mid-American Conference both have one ranked team.

This week's top games which could have significant impacts on the standings include the top-ranked Crimson Tide hosting No. 15 Texas A&M and its dynamic redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel, as well as the seventh-ranked LSU Tigers hosting No. 21 Mississippi State. Despite the Bulldogs having lost their last two games, they are still in the mix for the number two spot in the Sec West. On the West Coast, No. 14 Stanford hosts No. 11 Oregon State with the winner moving into better position for a possible BCS bid, while likely knocking the loser out of the BCS picture.

November 4, 2012 BCS Standings

1.     Alabama (9-0)- Last Week: 1

2.     Kansas State (9-0) - 2

3.     Oregon (9-0) - 4

4.     Notre Dame (9-0) - 3

5.     Georgia (8-1) - 6

6.     Florida (8-1) - 7

7.     LSU (7-2) - 5

8.     South Carolina (7-2) - 8

9.     Louisville (9-0) - 10

10.   Florida State (8-1) - 9

11.   Oregon State (7-1) - 11

12.   Oklahoma (6-2) - 12

13.   Clemson (8-1) - 13

14.   Stanford (7-2) - 14

15.   Texas A&M (7-2) - 16

16.   Nebraska (7-2) - 20

17.   Texas (7-2) - 23

18.   UCLA (7-2) - NR

19.   USC (6-3) - 17

20.   Louisiana Tech (8-1) - 25

21.   Mississippi State (7-2) - 15

22.   Texas Tech (6-3) - 18

23.   Rutgers (7-1) - NR

24.   Northwestern (7-2) - NR

25.   Toledo (8-1) - NR

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