Alabama, Florida stay atop BCS poll

12:27 AM, Oct 22, 2012   |    comments
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Irving, TX (Sports Network) - Alabama and Florida, both 7-0 after convincing wins on Saturday, remained No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in this week's BCS poll.

Alabama, the top seed in both human polls used in the BCS formula, again cruised this weekend with a 44-13 win at Tennessee. The reigning national champs have a home game against undefeated Mississippi State next Saturday before playing at LSU in a rematch of last season's BCS title game.

LSU's only loss this season came at the hands of the Florida Gators, who continued their unblemished start with a 44-11 thrashing of nationally-ranked South Carolina on Saturday.

The lopsided win solidified Florida's No. 1 ranking in the computers and kept the Gators ahead of Kansas State, Oregon and Notre Dame, all undefeated programs that round out the top-five.

Kansas State jumped Oregon for the No. 3 spot this week.

Alabama and Florida will play each other in the SEC Championship Game if both teams run the table, making it highly unlikely they will meet in Miami on January 7.

LSU holds the sixth position and is followed by Oregon State, Oklahoma, USC and Georgia, which plays its rival -- Florida -- on Saturday.

The BCS poll is computed by averaging the percentage totals of the Harris Interactive poll, USA Today poll and computer rankings.

Since 1998, the top two teams in the poll following the conference title games squared off for the BCS Championship.

Last season it pitted teams from the same conference, as the Crimson Tide avenged a regular season loss to LSU by beating their SEC rival, 21-0.

Things will change in two years, however, when a four-team playoff system goes into effect. The BCS presidential oversight committee approved the change in June, and will be used for 12 years beginning in 2014.

 

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