Originally created 11/09/99

FSU-Tenn, 1-2 in BCS standings

Here's a familiar pairing: Florida State vs. Tennessee for the national championship.

The Seminoles (9-0) remained in first place in the latest Bowl Championship Series standings, released Monday, and the defending national champion Volunteers (7-1) jumped from fifth to second.

The final BCS standings on Dec. 5 determine which teams play in college football's designated national title game -- the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 4. The standings are based on a formula that considers The Associated Press media poll and the USA TodayESPN coaches' poll, eight computer rankings, strength of schedule and number of losses.

Last season, Tennessee won the national title with a 23-16 win over Florida State in the Fiesta Bowl in the first year of the BCS setup.

Virginia Tech (8-0) remained in third place despite Penn State's drop from second to seventh after the Nittany Lions (9-1) were beaten by Minnesota. A weak schedule, rated just 60th of 114 Division I-A teams, prevented the Hokies from advancing. Florida State's schedule was rated 16th toughest; Tennessee's ninth.

Rounding out the top five were Florida in fourth place and Kansas State in fifth place.

Florida State, No. 1 in both polls since the preseason, had 2.64 points in the standings -- 1 point for poll average, 1 point for computer rank average, 0.64 for strength-of-schedule, and zero for losses. Florida State did not play on Saturday.

Tennessee, ranked third in the AP media poll and the coaches' poll, had 7.07 points -- 3 for poll average, 2.71 for computer rank average, 0.36 for strength-of-schedule and 1 for losses. The Vols beat Notre Dame 38-14 Saturday night.

Virginia Tech, ranked second in both polls, had 7.40 points -- 2 for poll average, 3 for computer rank average, 2.40 for strength-of-schedule and zero losses.

While the Hokies failed to move up, they inched closer than they were last week. Virginia Tech trailed Penn State by 1.7 points a week ago; it trails Tennessee by .37 points this week.

On Saturday, Maryland is at Florida State; Miami at Virginia Tech and Tennessee at Arkansas.

Nebraska was in sixth place, followed by Penn State, Wisconsin, Alabama and Mississippi State.

Also on Saturday, Kansas State is at Nebraska; Mississippi State at Alabama; and Michigan at Penn State.


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