Alabama, Florida top BCS standings

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Alabama and Florida are at the top of the season’s first BCS standings, making it yet another all-Southeastern Conference top two, with Oregon and Kansas State close behind the Gators.

Running back Kenyan Drake and Alabama are No. 1 in the initial BCS standings. The defending national champs are undefeated.  L.G. PATTERSON/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Running back Kenyan Drake and Alabama are No. 1 in the initial BCS standings. The defending national champs are undefeated.

The Crimson Tide in first was no surprise. Alabama is an overwhelming No. 1 in both polls used in the BCS formula.

Florida in second was less anticipated. The Gators are No. 3 in the polls, but rated best by the computer rankings That gave them a slight edge over Oregon and Kansas State when the numbers were crunched.

Florida’s BCS average is .9092. Oregon’s is .8993 and Kansas State’s is .8963.

Notre Dame is fifth and not too far back at .8774.

Despite the strong showing by the Southeastern Conference, another all-SEC national championship game is still a long shot. Oregon’s schedule is backloaded with strong opponents and the Ducks will likely be able to close the gap in the computers if they keep winning.

The Ducks play Arizona State on Thursday (5-1) and still have games against Southern California and Oregon State left, and a possible Pac-12 title game.

With half the season still to play, there are plenty possibilities and teams still alive.

Teams with one loss, such as sixth-place LSU, seventh-place South Carolina, ninth-place Oklahoma and 10th-place are still very much
in the race as long as they keep winning.

Oregon State is in eighth, the lowest rated of the unbeaten teams.

Georgia is 11th and Clemson is 19th.

This is safe to say: If Alabama keeps winning, the Tide will play for its second consecutive national title, and third in four seasons.

Alabama has never before been first in the initial standings. Seven times since the Bowl Championship Series was implemented in 1998, the team that was first in the initial standings went on to play in the BCS title game.

Seven times the team that started second played for the BCS title.

And only twice has neither of the teams that were in the top two spots in the first standings reached the title game.

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Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 10/15/12 - 03:48 am
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I was shocked when I read

I was shocked when I read Florida was ranked #2. And, if you look at their future schedule, the only "maybes" they have left are Georgia and Florida State....and even that depends on which Georgia and FSU teams show up to play'em! Florida's not a powerhouse this season, by any means, but they'be beaten who've they've needed to have beaten.

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malcolm33 10/15/12 - 08:15 am
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Florida Schedule

They have to play Georgia and South Carolina back to back. They will not survive.

F4therTime
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F4therTime 10/15/12 - 08:22 am
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None of the 3
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Are powerhouse teams. Alabama as the National Champion. The only team that can defeat Bama is Bama.

etlinks
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etlinks 10/15/12 - 09:23 am
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F4therTime

Are you a Bama fan,if not what team do you support?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 10/15/12 - 09:43 am
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Very Knowledgeable

Obviously F4thertime knows more about this stuff than the AP, Harris, and Coaches Polls. Not to mention the computer.

F4therTime
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F4therTime 10/15/12 - 10:22 am
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I am a
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Georgia fan...so you know I am being honest. I don't claim to be an expert. Just giving my opinion just like everyone else on here does :)

justthefacts
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justthefacts 10/15/12 - 10:27 am
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F4time

That's cool. But, just don't see how you can say UF, SC, and UGA are not powerhouses. Is there only one? Bama?

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F4therTime 10/15/12 - 11:24 am
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I meant..
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This year they aren't..tho I think usually the SEC is the powerhouse of college football.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 10/15/12 - 11:48 am
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Really?

Please, who is?

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F4therTime 10/15/12 - 01:04 pm
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They are stronger than most other teams but not the usual powerhouses they are. I don't think you have anyone that really stands out this year other than Bama. Of course the worst thing about being in the SEC is you have to play the SEC almost every week. I just don't think those 3 are the caliber they usually are this year. Just my opinion though. I just remember years where 4 or 5 teams in the SEC could be top 5 teams.

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