2012 BCS standings, Week 8: Alabama, Florida top season's first official rankings

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The first official BCS standings of 2012 came out Sunday night, with Alabama and Florida now officially holding the national title contention inside track.

After seven weeks, the BCS' first Top 25 rankings have the Alabama Crimson Tide and Florida Gators up top, followed by the Oregon Ducks. This makes it 13 weeks in a row that a SEC team has held down the top spot and, of course, Bama's own second week in a row. Florida hasn't been to the Top 5 since 2009. For the Ducks, it's their highest ranking since their national title bid in 2010.


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Both of the top two teams have potentially challenging road games up next, with Bama heading to Knoxville for the Third Saturday in October and Oregon getting Arizona State on the road this Thursday night. As always, mayhem looms, whether it arrives via these games or otherwise.

Elsewhere, K-State makes its highest BCS showing since the system's second year in 1999, while Notre Dame hasn't been ranked this high since November of 2006. And how about the Big East putting in three while the Big Ten gets shut out?

The year's first BCS standings, followed by some FUN FACTS:

BCS Harris Poll USA Today Computer Rankings
Rank Team Avg Pvs Rk Pts % Rk Pts % Avg A&H RB CM KM JS PW %
1 Alabama .9761 NR 1 2870 1.0070 1 1475 1.0000 3 5 1 3 4 1 3 .930
2 Florida .9092 NR 3 2554 .8961 4 1297 .8793 1 1 5 2 2 2 2 .960
3 Oregon .8993 NR 2 2758 .9677 2 1414 .9586 6 6 3 6 8 6 10 .780
4 Kansas State .8963 NR 4 2538 .8905 3 1307 .8861 4 2 4 5 3 3 1 .920
5 Notre Dame .8774 NR 5 2427 .8516 5 1251 .8481 2 3 2 1 1 4 4 .940
6 LSU .7522 NR 6 2263 .7940 6 1179 .7993 9 17 6 12 11 5 8 .670
7 South Carolina .6930 NR 7 1992 .6989 8 1012 .6861 7 8 7 8 10 9 9 .700
8 Oregon State .6808 NR 10 1850 .6491 11 839 .5688 5 4 9 4 5 7 5 .830
9 Oklahoma .6664 NR 9 1860 .6526 7 1021 .6922 10 15 10 14 6 8 6 .660
10 USC .5959 NR 11 1820 .6386 9 995 .6746 15 12 8 17 17 10 20 .480
11 Georgia .4980 NR 12 1574 .5523 12 806 .5464 17 14 14 18 18 14 19 .400
12 Mississippi State .4846 NR 14 1348 .4730 16 671 .4549 12 7 21 9 16 13 13 .530
13 West Virginia .4793 NR 15 1291 .4530 15 677 .4590 12 11 12 13 9 17 15 .530
14 Florida State .4277 NR 8 1898 .6660 10 919 .6231 28 0 0 0 0 23 0 .000
15 Rutgers .4083 NR 17 947 .3323 17 495 .3356 11 10 20 10 15 11 12 .560
16 Louisville .4061 NR 16 1228 .4309 14 695 .4712 19 16 0 16 20 19 17 .320
17 Texas Tech .3572 NR 21 534 .1874 20 274 .1858 7 9 11 7 7 21 7 .700
18 Texas A&M .3379 NR 19 674 .2365 19 397 .2692 14 18 23 11 12 12 11 .510
19 Clemson .3341 NR 13 1437 .5042 13 741 .5024 28 0 22 0 0 0 0 .000
20 Stanford .2654 NR 20 634 .2225 23 215 .1458 16 13 16 15 14 16 21 .430
21 Cincinnati .2483 NR 18 793 .2782 18 456 .3092 21 21 0 21 24 15 22 .160
22 Boise State .1978 NR 23 488 .1712 22 271 .1837 20 20 13 20 22 18 23 .240
23 TCU .1377 NR 22 514 .1804 21 272 .1844 26 0 18 0 25 22 0 .050
24 Iowa State .1139 NR NR 24 .0084 NR 5 .0034 18 19 17 19 13 0 16 .330
25 Texas .0640 NR 25 188 .0660 NR 54 .0366 23 0 24 0 19 20 25 .090

From the National Football Foundation:

  • First-time school(s) in the BCS Standings: Iowa State. A total of 84 schools have appeared in the BCS Standings since they were created in 1998.
  • The following schools boast the highest-ever Week 1 debut in the BCS Standings: Alabama (No. 1), Kansas State (tied all-time highest Week 1 debut at No. 4), Oregon State (No. 8), Rutgers (No. 15), and Iowa State (No. 24, first appearance ever).
  • Alabama becomes the 10th different school to be ranked No. 1 in the first BCS Standings of the season. They are the third school from the SEC to accomplish this feat, joining Florida (2009) and LSU (2011).
  • In the 14 previous BCS seasons, the team ranked No. 1 in the first BCS Standings has gone on to play in the title game seven times: Florida State (1999), Oklahoma (2003), USC (2004-05), Ohio State (2006-07), and LSU (2011).
  • Teams debuting at No. 1 and No. 2 in initial Standings have made it to the BCS National Championship Game twice: No. 1 LSU, No. 2 Alabama (2011) and No. 1 USC, No. 2 Texas (2005).
  • Teams debuting at No. 10 or below (lower) in the initial Standings have made it to the BCS National Championship Game twice: No. 12 LSU (2003) and No. 10 Florida (2008).

Also, just for comparison, here's this week's full Associated Press Top 25, which does not factor into the BCS standings (but does include Ohio State, which isn't eligible for the postseason this year):

Rank Team (First-place votes) Record Points Last Week
1 Alabama (60) 6-0 1500 1
2 Oregon 6-0 1436 2
3 Florida 6-0 1361 4
4 Kansas State 6-0 1296 6
5 Notre Dame 6-0 1283 7
6 LSU 6-1 1153 9
7 Ohio State 7-0 1071 8
8 Oregon State 5-0 1050 10
9 South Carolina 6-1 1042 3
10 Oklahoma 4-1 994 13
11 USC 5-1 874 11
12 Florida State 6-1 836 12
13 Georgia 5-1 753 14
14 Clemson 5-1 673 16
15 Mississippi State 6-0 591 19
16 Louisville 6-0 574 18
17 West Virginia 5-1 552 5
18 Texas Tech 5-1 444 NR
19 Rutgers 6-0 405 20
20 Texas A&M 5-1 379 22
21 Cincinnati 5-0 294 21
22 Stanford 4-2 242 17
23 Michigan 4-2 177 25
24 Boise State 5-1 133 24
25 Ohio 7-0 104 NR

Dropped: Texas 15, Louisiana Tech 23

Others receiving votes: Arizona State 92, TCU 88, Louisiana Tech 38, Texas 25, North Carolina State 11, Northwestern 6, Washington 6, Wisconsin 6, Nebraska 4, North Carolina 2, Tulsa 2, Penn State 1, Arizona 1

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