Tide Remains Atop BCS Championship Poll

There was a little adjustment this week in the Bowl Championship Series Standings, including Alabama getting a slightly stronger hold on the top spot. The Crimson Tide is a clear number one following its 45-10 win over Tennessee, and Oregon State moved into a solid number two spot ahead of previous second-rated Florida State.

Alabama continued to be number one in both the Harris poll and the USA today rankings, which make up two-thirds of the BCS calculations, and also took over the number one spot in the cumulative six computer rankings.

Following No. 1 Bama and No. 2 Oregon were Florida State, Ohio State, Stanford, Baylor, Miami, Clemson, Missouri, and Oklahoma.

Alabama has been ranked number four or higher for 18 consecutive weeks in the BCS rankings, which begin about mid-season. The BCS poll is the only one that dewtermines the national championship contenders. As BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock pointed out, "Eight unbeaten teams remain. Last year at this time there were ten undefeated teams, but only Notre Dame finished the regular season without a loss. With six weeks to go, it will be interesting to see how many teams finish the season undefeated." •

Only once in the history of the BCS has neither No. 1 nor No. 2 in the Week 2 Standings played in the BCS National Championship Game. Texas and Alabama were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 respectively on Oct. 26, 2008 (Week 2), and neither team played in the national title game.

The teams ranking No. 1 and No. 2 in Week 2 of the Standings have gone on to play in the BCS Nationa Championship Game four times: 2004 (USC and Oklahoma); 2005 (Texas and USC); 2010 (Auburn and Oregon); and 2011 (LSU and Alabama).

To the surprise of no one, Alabama maintained a strong grip on number one in the Associated Press poll. Bama received 55 of 60 first place votes in leading Oregon (three first place votes) and Florida State (two first place votes).

Ohio State is fourth, following by Baylor, Stqanford, Miami, Auburn, Clemson, and Mssouri.

Alabama is also number one in the Coaches Poll conducted by USA Today. The Crimson Tide received 56 of 62 first place votes with Oregon receving the other six. The Coaches Poll was remarkably similar to the AP rankings. The Coaches had Bama followed by Oregon, Florida State, Ohio Stat, Baylor, Miami, Stanford, Clemson, Oklahoma, and Missouri. Alabama is also number one in the Coaches Poll conducted by USA Today. Alabama has an open date this week. The Crimson Tide returns to action a week from Saturday, on November 9., hosting LSU. LSU is 11th in the AP poll and 13th in the BCS rankings.

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