Florida takes top spot in first BCS standings

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NEW YORK - Florida, Alabama and Texas hold the top three spots in the first BCS standings and control their fates in the national championship race.

The Gators (.988) are in first, just ahead of the Crimson Tide (.952). Texas (.891) is third.

Boise State (.808) is fourth, but the Broncos still seem to be a long shot to play for a national championship.

Florida is No. 1 in the two polls used by the Bowl Championship Series - the USA Today coaches' poll and Harris poll - and rated highest by the computers. The polls make up two-thirds of a BCS grade and a compilation of six computer ratings accounts for the other third.

Alabama is second in all the components. Texas is third in the two polls and sixth in the computer ratings.

With the strength of their remaining schedules, the Gators, Tide and Longhorns just need to win out to reach the BCS title game on Jan. 7 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., according to BCS analyst Jerry Palm.

Alabama and Florida would play each other in the Southeastern Conference championship game if each remains undefeated.

While the top teams in the standings are in good position, history is not on their side.

In the first 11 years of the BCS, the top two teams in the first standings have reached the title game once. Texas and Southern California did it in 2005 season. Overall, 10 of the 22 teams that were ranked first or second in the first standings made it all the way to the championship game.

That would seem to be good news for unbeaten Boise State, but the Broncos have other problems.

"The national championship is not realistic for them," Palm said. "They're going to get past. Their support in the polls is eroding each week."

Poll points, not rankings, are used in the BCS formula. Boise State lost 17 points in the coaches' poll despite moving up a spot to No. 5 this week. In the Harris poll, Boise State lost 75 points.

Palm said fifth-place Cincinnati, sixth-place Iowa, both unbeaten, and seventh-place Southern California, which has lost a game, are all in position to pass the Broncos if they keep winning because those three teams play tougher schedules the rest of the way.

Boise State, from the Western Athletic Conference, does not have another ranked team on its schedule.

The Broncos are trying to reach the BCS from a league without an automatic bid for the second time. To earn an automatic bid, teams from the WAC, Mountain West Conference, Sun Belt, Mid-American Conference and Conference USA need to finish in the top 12 of the final BCS standings.

But only one team from those leagues can bust the BCS and Boise State has competition.

"The only team that matters to Boise is TCU," Palm said.

Undefeated TCU is in eighth place. If the Horned Frogs run the table in the Mountain West, Palm said they have a good chance to pass Boise State.

If I had to bet I would bet TCU eventually does," Palm said. "Because they're going to win a better league."

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wildman
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wildman 10/19/09 - 04:36 am
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Florida can thank the refs

Florida can thank the refs for two horrible calls against Arkansas.

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WhippingPost 10/19/09 - 05:59 am
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Not to mention the two VERY

Not to mention the two VERY obvious offensive pass interference calls against Florida that were not made. While I was rooting for Florida, I was disappointed they weren't allowed to win or lose on their own merits.

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TakeAstand 10/19/09 - 12:14 pm
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oh please, there were many

oh please, there were many calls not made against Ark either! The pass interference against Florida that was called a fumble, the face masks by Ark that wasn't called. We can go on and on about the BS the ref calls. Though it wasn't their best game, it was not given to them. They had to fight for it, they did, and pulled it out in the very end when it counted! Goooo Gators! Chomp chomp!!!!

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imdstuf 10/19/09 - 12:37 pm
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Even Terrel Owens (a

Even Terrel Owens (a receiver) called BS on the pass interference call and said the refs were giving UF the game..and he is not affiliated with either school. NBC wrote an article about the officiating. This is not just some fans TakeAstand. It is obvious to most everyone that the SEC wanted UF to win because they want a team in the national title game again If they can help keep UF and Bama undefeated until the SEC title game they know they will again have a team playing for it all.

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Pistol 10/19/09 - 12:54 pm
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Why would anyone EVER listen

Why would anyone EVER listen to Terrel Owens, much less quote him!

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 10/19/09 - 01:39 pm
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Haha Pistol, good point! What

Haha Pistol, good point! What about the BS calls against Florida imd, or the ones not called on Ark? Those don't count? What about all the other games the refs were railroading Florida and they still won? It happens and always will and all we can do is b$%^& about it. This surely wasn't their best performance, but they did what needed to be done in the end, and over all you can't take anything from the Gators as they have earned every bit of what they have achieved by being a bad azz team! Chomp Chomp!! Gooooo Gators!!!!!

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foopey 10/19/09 - 06:33 pm
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Oh, come on. Ref's make

Oh, come on. Ref's make mistakes every game. What we see on TV is a very different perspective than the ref's see during the game. What about the Ark TD where the line judge was on the 5 yard line and called a TD, when it was obvious from our perspective he was stopped on the one yard line. Give over and suck it up. Bad calls are a part of the game as much as bad no-calls are. You don't hear the head coaches whining the way you sore losers do!

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