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College football rankings, Week 8: Florida tops Oregon in debut BCS standings

The first official BCS rankings of 2012 give Alabama and Florida the best chances of competing for the national championship.

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BlogPoll: No Florida over Oregon here

After returning to action in Week 7, Alabama's grip on the No. 1 spot in the BlogPoll got a bit tighter. And after returning to earth against Texas Tech, West Virginia dropped like a rock.


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Alabama and Oregon still 1, 2 in Harris Poll

Alabama is still No. 1 in the Harris Interactive Poll after a dominating win over Missouri. The Tide collected 110 out of 115 first place votes, with the other five going to No. 2 Oregon. Alabama has a healthy lead atop the poll with 2,870 points, ahead of Oregon's 2,758, and then there is a big drop off.

While Alabama and Oregon are both in the same spots as last week, the rest of the top five isn't. Losses by South Carolina and West Virginia shook things up and now Florida, Kansas St. and Notre Dame make up the rest of the top five.

LSU moved up to No. 6 after beating the Gamecocks, who are now No. 7. Florida St. follows them, while Oklahoma is ninth after crushing rivals Texas. Oregon St. rounds out the top 10 after beating BYU.

The only two new teams in the poll are Texas Tech, who beat Oklahoma St., and Arizona St., who topped Colorado. Louisiana Tech and Iowa St. fell out of the top 25.

1. Alabama
2. Oregon
3. Florida
4. Kansas St.
5. Notre Dame
6. LSU
7. South Carolina
8. Florida St.
9. Oklahoma
10. Oregon St.


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BCS computer likes Alabama, Florida, K-State

The first edition of the 2012 BCS rankings is to be released Sunday night, ranking the nation's college football teams for selection to the BCS Championship Game. The BCS rankings are based on two human polls -- the USA Today Coaches' Poll and the Harris Poll -- and six computer rankings. A weighted formula based on these polls determines who plays for the National Championship.

Both human and computer polls are given specific criteria to consider in ranking the teams. In particular, the voters and computers are required to disregard margin of victory. Jeff Sagarin of USA Today administers one of the computer rankings that makes up the BCS, but Sagarin's rankings include margin of victory. Therefore, Sagarin generates a second poll, known as ELO-CHESS, that removes margin of victory from the calculation.

Sagarin released his ELO-CHESS Sunday morning, listing Alabama as the nation's top team. Florida, Kansas State, Notre Dame and Ohio State are ranked second through fifth, though the Buckeyes are ineligible for postseason play. LSU, Oregon, Oregon State, Oklahoma and South Carolina round out the top ten.

Here are the top 25 teams:

1. Alabama
2. Florida
3. Kansas State
4. Notre Dame
5. Ohio State
6. LSU
7. Oregon
8. Oregon State
9. Oklahoma
10. South Carolina
11. USC
12. Rutgers
13. Texas A&M
14. Mississippi State
15. Georgia
16. Cincinnati
17. Stanford
18. West Virginia
19. Boise State
20. Louisville
21. Texas
22. Texas Tech
23. TCU
24. Florida State
25. Ohio

The full BCS standings will be released at 8:30 p.m. ET.


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