Alabama, Florida rank 1-2 in first BCS standings

The SEC, which claimed college football’s past six national championships and accounted for both teams in last season’s title game, picked up right where it left off in the Bowl Championship Series standings.

SEC teams Alabama and Florida, both 6-0, were ranked Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, in this season’s first BCS standings, released Sunday night.

Defending national champion Alabama’s No. 1 perch was no surprise, but Florida’s vaulting of Oregon — also 6-0 and ranked No. 2 in the major human polls — raised some eyebrows. A No. 1 ranking in computer polls allowed the Gators to surpass the Ducks by a thin margin.

Oregon was No. 3 in the BCS standings, followed by two other unbeaten teams: No. 4 Kansas State and No. 5 Notre Dame.

The SEC placed four teams in the top seven and six in the top 12. Joining Alabama and Florida in the top dozen were No. 6 LSU (the highest-rated once-beaten team), No. 7 South Carolina, No. 11 Georgia and No. 12 Mississippi State. A seventh SEC team, Texas A&M, was No. 18.

Other teams in the top 10: No. 8 Oregon State, No. 9 Oklahoma and No. 10 USC.

The BCS standings, a frequently controversial blending of human and computer polls, will be updated each Sunday through the remainder of the regular season and again after the conference championship games. The teams ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in the standings on Dec. 2 will earn berths in the BCS title game on Jan. 7 in Miami.

The standings include three components, each counting one-third: the USA Today poll of current coaches; the Harris Interactive poll of former coaches, administrators and players and current and former media members; and an average of six computer polls.

Although Alabama and Florida have the pole positions, it will be difficult for both to remain in the top two in the standings that count on Dec. 2. If both teams win all of their remaining regular-season games, they will meet in the SEC Championship game in the Georgia Dome on Dec. 1. It is doubtful whether the loser of that game would remain in the BCS top two, particularly if the loser is No. 2 entering the game.

Last season, two SEC West teams reached the BCS title game — division champ LSU, which beat Georgia in the SEC title game, and division runnerup Alabama, which lost to LSU in the regular season but beat the Tigers in the national title game.

Alabama and Florida have strong tests ahead on their regular-season schedules. Alabama plays at LSU’s Death Valley, which LSU coach Les Miles has called “truly a place where opponents’ dreams go to die,” on Nov. 3. Florida’s next two games are against South Carolina on Saturday and Georgia on Oct. 27.

This marks the next-to-last season of the BCS system that college football fans have largely lampooned throughout its 14-year history. Beginning with the 2014 season, the national champion will be decided in a four-team seeded playoff.

– Tim Tucker


1. Alabama (.9761), 2. Florida (.9092), 3. Oregon (.8993), 4. Kansas State (.8963), 5. Notre Dame (.8774), 6. LSU (.7522), 7. South Carolina (.6930), 8. Oregon State (.6808), 9. Oklahoma (.6664), 10. USC (.5959), 11. Georgia (.4980), 12. Mississippi State (.4846), 13. West Virginia (.4793), 14. Florida State (.4277), 15. Rutgers (.4083), 16. Louisville (.4061), 17. Texas Tech (.3572), 18. Texas A&M (.3379), 19. Clemson (.3341), 20. Stanford (.2654), 21. Cincinnati (.2483), 22. Boise State (.1978), 23. TCU (.1377), 24. Iowa State (.1139), 25. Texas (.0640).

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October 14th, 2012
10:51 pm

So what else is new? Roll tide roll

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October 15th, 2012
7:05 am

Good start for the Gators but still a LONG way to go before this old Gator gets too excited about it. A lot of quality opponents to face before it’s all over.

Missing Man Formation

October 15th, 2012
7:12 am

Georgia is still overrated at 11.

Vampire Bill

October 15th, 2012
7:35 am

I can’t believe they have Georgia at 11 ?????? Drop those cupcakes out of the rankings.


October 15th, 2012
7:53 am

What a crock! Florida is so overated! Unimpressive against Vandy. Got the love cause of the SEC. Dawgs will spank them and I’m not a UGA fan.


October 15th, 2012
8:02 am

Next few weeks we will see how good everyone really is.

Missing Man Formation

October 15th, 2012
8:04 am

I can understand Florida’s ranking. They’re undefeated.

When was the last time Mark Richt coached an undefeated season?


October 15th, 2012
8:14 am

Like Florida is going to go undefeated? Impossible with that coach.

LHarding Dawg

October 15th, 2012
8:15 am

Missing Man. – Troll with no life!

Missing Man Formation

October 15th, 2012
8:20 am


It only becomes impossible after you lose.


October 15th, 2012
8:46 am

We are still on the outside looking in… We need FL to win this weekend and then spank that Gator butt in J-ville… We just have to put 4 quarters together. If all the dominoes fall we can make it to the championship game… Go Dawgs.


October 15th, 2012
8:48 am

Stiffneck and Big Daddy G said it best. The rest of you offer nothing.


October 15th, 2012
8:50 am

UF loses at least 2 more games


October 15th, 2012
9:21 am

Hate to say it but I think south Carolina takes the gators. We needed to beat them and we didn’t

5150 UOAD`

October 15th, 2012
10:08 am

Florida is overrated.
Georgia is overrated.
Miss State is Hugely overrated.

5150 UOAD`

October 15th, 2012
10:11 am

UGa needs to back into the SECCG and get killed again. That is maybe the ONLY way BOBO & maybe Richt will get fired.


October 15th, 2012
10:29 am

Curlyman…….I would have agreed w/ you last year about the Fl coach. Not so much this year. I believe he has changed for the better in the last 12 mons. He is more under control and his players are responding to the new WM. I now see them as dangerous and legit!

Go Dawgs

Dboy Scott

October 15th, 2012
10:36 am

I feel all of the naysayers about UGA are just scared that this team will get back the SEC title game. They know we are not as bad as the 35-7 score indicated. If anyone on here played major college or pro ball then they will know this is how the game is. You are never as good or bad as you think. Teams can get whipped 1 week and come back the next and whoop some one else. The margin doesnt matter because a loss is a loss. I think the SC was a eye opener for those players and will play the rest of the year with reckless abandon. I predict UGA will not lose another game. SC losses to FL and Clemson. UGA and Ala in the SEC championship Game with UGA stunning #1 Alabama to make it to the NC. I wont predict who wins that game. I will let that play out on the field. Just my two cents. Oh yea stop with all that UGA weak scehdule crap because the last time I check the East has 3 top tier teams in it. Ala doesnt play either one of them. So who has the weakest schedule?? The east is the best side this year for sure in the SEC.

The Truth

October 15th, 2012
10:40 am

It appears that Will and Urban have done a pretty good job, mean while…UGA stays the same average team.


October 15th, 2012
10:52 am

DaBo Scott,

“I predict UGA will not lose another game. SC losses to FL and Clemson. UGA and Ala in the SEC championship Game with UGA stunning #1 Alabama to make it to the NC. I wont predict who wins that game.”

You won’t predict who wins that game? man, you are a bad liar, everybody who reads your crap knows you are predicting UGA wins the NC. Come on, man, be honest. LOL.

Special K

October 15th, 2012
11:59 am

Dboy Scott. Keep drinking that kool-aid. 1980 anyone??????????????

Wilson Pickett

October 15th, 2012
12:05 pm

Will is the same coach as last year. The difference is the team understands just what he’s asking for!!!


October 15th, 2012
12:07 pm

UGA wins the game in Jax. Fresh legs always wins this game. We will have them, gators won’t. It is not a coincidence UF has had the week off before UGA 18 of the last 21 years and racked up wins.. We had it prior to 1990. It’s all about fresh legs when talent is equal. UF beats SC in the swamp for the same reason. SC’s legs will be dead after two emotional games.

Wilson Pickett

October 15th, 2012
12:08 pm

@Dboy….that one old trophy you own needs a dust cloth. The UGA players reflect the attitude of the HC.

funny how that works eh?

October 15th, 2012
12:27 pm

the over signing champs (CHEATERS) of the sec alabama and lsu dominate the bcs the last 4 years.

than we have uga that signs very very very good classes but doesnt oversign. always an also ran.

now here comes the game crocks. a team that has floundered under the tutelage of many top coaches over the years. no history. no legacy. one bowl game in a hundred years. even under spurrier they floundered until…..

they join alabama and lsu in the over signing wars.

up until recently it is not like sc under spurrier set the recruiting world on fire. for the most part sc was always pedestrian as far as recruiting goes even under spurrier. their standing in the sec pretty much was a roll of the dice. some years they did well and some they did ok. than they join alabama and lsu in the over signing wars and walla…..

they are a top 5 team. they beat the crap out of a uga team that out recruits them year in and year out. a team that does not over sign. co incidence? i think not.

if i had my way i would have 2 bcs championships. the cheaters championship and the championship for ‘everybody else’. heck do that and uga may have a real shot at a nc under the ‘everybody else’ bcs bowl. they recruit well enough.

teams with 85 players just can not compete with teams of 115 players. bear bryant proved that point when he was coaching and now his successor is repeating history.

certainly not like saban is all that as far as coaches go. he was a loser in the nfl and he didnt do squat at bama until he and les miles started stretching the rules.

time for a change folks. i want a real champion. not the best team that over signing can buy.

if ya cant win fair and square ya gotta cheat i tell ya.


October 15th, 2012
12:35 pm

Shhhhhhhh Mississippi State is Quietly closing in on a BCS game this bowl season but don’t tell anyone yet. #HAILSTATE

Special K

October 15th, 2012
2:06 pm

Easy J. You got a few more games to go. Including the “Egg Bowl”. Gonna be a better game than I thought with Ole Miss on the rise.


October 15th, 2012
2:22 pm


“UGA wins the game in Jax. Fresh legs always wins this game. We will have them, gators won’t. It is not a coincidence UF has had the week off before UGA 18 of the last 21 years and racked up wins.. We had it prior to 1990. It’s all about fresh legs when talent is equal. UF beats SC in the swamp for the same reason. SC’s legs will be dead after two emotional games.”

If only that were true….”fresh legs” for the Gators since 1990 are called coaching and attitude….UF has had and UGA has not most years since then. Should Georgia win this game it will be because they earned it. 18-20 year olds don’t normally need much time to recover their legs. Does every team that win championships have the only freshlegs around?


October 15th, 2012
3:33 pm

Athens -

UGA is 4 and 17 against ranked opponents since 2008. I guess they need more bye weeks for those “fresh legs.”




October 15th, 2012
3:38 pm

Lots of football left folks. Until we get out of October, this is just another year for the Gators. Which is why it makes sense to save your talking for December, not MAY.


October 15th, 2012
3:40 pm

Hail State #12 and moving up quick!! Look out Tuscalooser (Bama) here we come with Cowbells in hand!!

5150 UOAD`

October 15th, 2012
3:44 pm

Is 35:55minute MURRAY a Heisman Candidate still?

5150 UOAD`

October 15th, 2012
3:46 pm

msbully………….HAHAHAHAHAH……………One good 1/2 year and you think you are not Vandy, Kentucky or Ole Miss? Wake before the ALARM goes off.


October 15th, 2012
4:29 pm

@Funny, your an idiot!! I think that about sums it up!

Bob Dawg

October 15th, 2012
4:33 pm

Nonsense Comments ” Dawgs back in to the SECCG, fire CMR” so stupid…..I don’t care if he backs in, drives in,parks In, walks In, stumbles In….the bottom line is that if the Dawgs get In then what are you saying….fire a coach that got you to the championship game two years in a row….even if we don’t win the SECCG, at least we got a chance….yea, a bad loss to SC chickens, If you noticed there were alot of other bad loses this last weekend as well…..seems to be a trend. Play the games and then lets see. I’m not so much in a hurry to change a winning coach. If you are, then maybe UT should be your team. I’m sure they wish they had Fulmer back. Yes, I want to win it all, but its hard to do. I also remember the 90’s when we were not even in the picture. I’ll take complaining over a 1 or 2 loss team anytime….

Burbank Dawg

October 15th, 2012
4:37 pm

Herbstreit has already ensured the Dawgs will not get in the BCS Championship game, no matter how the Dawgs do the rest of the season.

Seriously, if by some miracle the Dawgs end up beating an undefeated Bama in the SECCG, Dawgs will still be left out because of that lopsided loss to SCar…the talking heads at ESPN will do us like they did in ‘07

5150 UOAD`

October 15th, 2012
5:07 pm

Burbank Dawg…………….don’t you MEAN UGa will do to ITSELF like Uga and be left licking itself while the really good teams play?


October 15th, 2012
6:15 pm

Ga upsets fla, wins the East! Fla loses to fla state, goes to a minor bowl again–book it.

Special K

October 15th, 2012
6:55 pm

1980 BOOK IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

funny how that works eh?

October 15th, 2012
7:13 pm

sec fan it would serve you well to get your ged. take a bath and get a job.

the truth hurts.


October 16th, 2012
3:31 am

Even if UGA runs the table and wins the SEC Championship game, they will not get in the BCS Championship game.

You will not get in that game with such a lopsided loss of 35-7. The best you can hope for is a # 2 or 3 rating in the BCS.


October 16th, 2012
7:55 am

UGA should be #1. The referees were against US in Columbia that day. I love Mark Rickt, he goes to church every week. Nick Saban is Nick Satan.

King Gator

October 16th, 2012
8:39 am

Lot of football left – but nice to see the Gators at #2. Go Gators!


October 16th, 2012
11:24 am

Flori-duh better watch out. Saint Rickt and his christian football gonna stomp that a$$. Muschump is a traitor. Saban cheats. UGA beat him 20 years ago.

Chi Town

October 16th, 2012
2:08 pm

u dumb georgia fans are so ignorant.