Two SEC teams remain atop college football’s BCS standings this week, but there was a change immediately behind them.
Kansas State moved ahead of Oregon for the No. 3 spot, trailing No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Florida, in the season’s second set of BCS standings, released Sunday night.
Kansas State’s 55-14 win at West Virginia on Saturday moved the needle enough in the computer rankings — one of three components of the BCS formula — for the Wildcats to swap positions in the standings with Oregon, which won 43-21 at Arizona State on Thursday.
Two once-beaten SEC teams join Alabama and Florida in this week’s top 10: LSU at No. 6, same as last week, and Georgia at No. 10, up from No. 11 last week despite an unimpressive 29-24 win at Kentucky.
Oregon is No. 2 in both human polls that are part of the BCS formula, but the Ducks’ average position of No. 6 in the computer rankings dropped them to fourth in the standings. Florida is No. 3 in the human polls and No. 1 in the computers, while Kansas State is No. 4 in the polls and No. 2 in the computers.
The top five teams in the BCS are undefeated. Like last week, Notre Dame is No. 5.
South Carolina, which was No. 7 last week, tumbled to 13th after its 44-11 loss at Florida. The Gamecocks, who have lost two games in a row after starting the season 6-0, now trail Georgia in the BCS standings despite a 35-7 victory over the Bulldogs on Oct. 6.
Defending national champion Alabama remains solidly in the No. 1 spot with a BCS score of .9625. Florida’s score is .9310, Kansas State .9111 and Oregon .8966.
The BCS standings will be updated each Sunday through the remainder of the regular season and again after the conference championship games. The Nos. 1 and 2 teams in the standings Dec. 2 will play in the BCS title game Jan. 7 in Miami.
The standings, often controversial, 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.
Even if Alabama and Florida win all of their remaining regular-season games, it is doubtful they would meet in the BCS title game. That’s because they first would meet in the SEC Championship game Dec. 1 in the Georgia Dome, and the loser of that game probably would fall out of the BCS top two, particularly if the loser entered the game No. 2.
Both Alabama and Florida face opponents this week that are ranked among the BCS’ top dozen teams: Alabama will play at home against No. 11 Mississippi State, while Florida will face Georgia in Jacksonville. On Nov. 3, Alabama will play at LSU in an SEC West showdown and rematch of last season’s BCS title game.