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The 2012 college football season's second set of BCS standings are out, with Alabama and Florida still in line to play for the national title (nevermind that they probably, you know, have to play each other first). The real drama begins at spot No. 3. Scroll down for the complete Top 25. Follow @SBNationCFB
The top of the Week 9 Harris Poll remained relatively unchanged from last week, as the top six teams held at their respective positions. South Carolina, who last week was No. 7, dropped to No. 16 in the Week 9 poll that goes toward the BCS rankings. Florida rolled the Gamecocks 44-11 on Saturday.
Alabama is still heavily favored atop the poll with 109 first-place votes, and Oregon comes in at second. Florida earned one first-place vote this week but sits at third, while Kansas State and Notre Dame round out the top-five.
Last week's No. 8 team, Florida State, fell to No. 10 after an unimpressive, 33-20 victory against the Miami Hurricanes.
Oklahoma jumped two spots from 10th to eighth while South Carolina fell eight spots to 17th and West Virginia dropped to 25th in the Week 9 AP Poll.
Florida defeated South Carolina, 44-11, on Saturday which resulted in them getting a single first place vote but they remain in third behind Oregon and Alabama in the poll. The top six teams from Week 8 all maintained their positions as Alabama remained in the top spot and LSU is the highest-ranked one-loss team at sixth.
Alabama remained in the top spot of the poll with a 44-13 win on the road versus Tennessee on Saturday. The Crimson Tide will host No. 13 Mississippi State and No. 6 LSU in the next two weeks.
No. 5 Notre Dame will travel to play No. 8 Oklahoma and No. 3 Florida will host No. 12 Georgia this Saturday in games that will have strong implications for next week's polls.
The top five teams in the USA Today Coaches Poll remained the same in Sunday's latest edition, although Florida and Kansas State swapped positions. The Gators were ranked No. 4 last week and moved up to No. 3 with a 44-11 win over South Carolina. Kansas State was No. 3 last week, and dropped down to No. 4. Alabama (No. 1), Oregon (No. 2) and Notre Dame (No. 5) all remained in the same spots.
South Carolina's loss to Florida dropped the Gamecocks from No. 8 last week to No. 16. Undefeated Oregon State, previously ranked No. 11, moved into the top 10 this week at No. 9.
Three previously unranked teams joined the top 25 this week. The unbeaten Ohio Bobcats from the MAC entered at No. 23. Texas and Wisconsin rejoined the rankings after falling out earlier in the season. The Longhorns are at No. 24 and the Badgers are at No. 25.
Florida and Kansas State vaulted ahead of Alabama based on the strength of their schedules so far. Florida already has wins over Texas A&M, LSU, and South Carolina, while Kansas State has notched victories over Oklahoma and West Virginia, and a respectable win over Iowa State. Alabama's only notable win this season is a victory over Michigan.
The Tide will face Mississippi State, LSU and Texas A&M in the coming weeks, so if they go undefeated through those games, they would probably rise back to No. 1. It's not a reason to panic yet for Tide fans, but simply a confirmation that KSU and Florida have played tougher schedules so far.
Here are the top-10 teams:
1. Florida 2. Kansas State 3. Alabama 4. LSU 5. Notre Dame 6. Oregon State 7. Oregon 8. Oklahoma 9. Ohio State 10. South Carolina
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College football's 2012 season is shaping to be one of those that could really, really benefit from a playoff, with at least five teams very much in line to play for the BCS National Championship. Projections for all 35 bowls herein.