Georgia soared to No. 6 in this week’s Bowl Championship Series standings after Saturday’s victory over previously No. 2 Florida.
Ranked No. 10 last week, the Bulldogs also benefited from losses by three other teams that had been ahead of them in the BCS standings — Oregon State, Oklahoma and USC.
Alabama remained a solid No. 1 in the latest set of standings, released Sunday night. Kansas State moved up one spot to replace Florida at No. 2. Notre Dame jumped two spots to No. 3, while Oregon remained No. 4. The top four teams are undefeated.
Four SEC teams fill the Nos. 5 through 8 positions this week — LSU, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina in that order. LSU, Georgia and Florida have one loss apiece. South Carolina has two losses.
The top two teams in the BCS standings after the regular season and conference championship games will meet for the national title Jan. 7 in Miami.
In addition to Georgia’s upset win over Florida, other movers of the BCS standings this week were Oregon State’s loss to Washington, Oklahoma’s loss at home to Notre Dame and USC’s loss to Arizona. Oregon State dropped from No. 7 last week to No. 11 this week, while Oklahoma fell from No. 8 to No. 12 and USC from No. 9 to No. 17.
This week’s schedule features more games that will be important in shaping the BCS standings — particularly Saturday night’s SEC West showdown in Baton Rouge between Alabama and LSU, a rematch of last season’s national title game. Also this week, Kansas State is at home against Oklahoma State and Oregon plays at USC.
The BCS 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.
Oregon is ranked No. 2 (behind Alabama) in the USA Today and Harris polls, as well as in the Associated Press media poll, which is not part of the BCS formula.
But the Ducks are behind Kansas State and Notre Dame, trailing the latter by just .0011 point, in the BCS standings because their strength of schedule thus far has resulted in a lower ranking from the six computers. Kansas State and Notre Dame are tied for No. 1 in average computer ranking, while Oregon is No. 5.
Georgia (7-1, 5-1 SEC) also moved up sharply Sunday in the Associated Press poll, climbing five spots to No. 7, and USA Today poll, up five spots to No. 6.
The Bulldogs, who have won 17 of 18 regular-season games since starting 0-2 last season, play Ole Miss in Athens at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The game will be Georgia’s second in a row to be nationally televised on CBS.
The BCS standings will be updated each Sunday through the remainder of the regular season and again after the conference championship games.
– Tim Tucker
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