Florida State and Ohio State are in position to play in the BCS National Championship Game, though Auburn and Missouri are close enough behind in the Bowl Championship Series standings to put pressure on Ohio State.
Team (previous rank) Avg.
Florida St. (2) .9948
Ohio St. (3) .9503
Auburn (4) .9233
Alabama (1) .8539
Missouri (5) .8428
Oklahoma St. (7) .7629
Stanford (8) .7069
South Carolina (10) .7037
Baylor (9) .6623
Michigan St. (11) .6529
Arizona St. (12) .5833
Oregon (13) .5321
Clemson (6) .5201
N. Illinois (14) .4812
Louisiana St. (17) .4213
Central Florida (19) .3858
Oklahoma (18) .3808
UCLA (22) .3506
Louisville (20) .2630
Duke (24) .2252
Wisconsin (15) .1988
Fresno St. (16) .1006
Texas A&M (21) .0995
Standings are based on an average of the USA Today coaches poll, Harris poll and computer rankings.
The Seminoles took the top spot in the BCS standings released Sunday after Alabama relinquished it for the first time this season.
The Crimson Tide’s wild 34-28 loss at Auburn dropped Alabama to fourth. Ohio State is second and Auburn is third. Missouri is fifth. Auburn and Missouri play in the Southeastern Conference championship game Saturday in Atlanta.
The winner should get a boost in the standings, but it might not be enough to catch the unbeaten Buckeyes.
Ohio State (12-0) faces Michigan State, 10th in the latest standings, in the Big Ten championship game Saturday in Indianapolis.
Florida State is first in both the USA Today coaches poll and Harris poll, and rated No. 1 in the compilation of six computer rankings used in the BCS standings.
The Seminoles’ .9948 BCS average makes them a lock to get to the title game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 6 if they can beat Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game Saturday.
Ohio State (.9503) is second in the polls and second in the computers.
Auburn (.9233) is third in each. Missouri (.8428) is fifth in each. But each of those SEC Tigers is 11-1. Ohio State is riding a 24-game winning streak.
An unbeaten team from a BCS automatic-qualifying conference (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC and Big East, now American Athletic Conference) has never been shut out of BCS title game in favor of a team with a loss.
Jerry Palm, who analyzes the BCS for CBSSports.com, said there is no reason to expect the unprecedented to happen.
“I think the voters would have to abandon Ohio State, and that has never happened in the history of the BCS,” Palm said Sunday.
Alabama supports kicker Foster
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama senior kicker Cade Foster was inundated with support from teammates and thousands of fans on social media after missing two field-goal attempts and having a third blocked in the Crimson Tide’s loss to Auburn.
The initial negative backlash after Saturday’s setback mostly turned supportive by Sunday. A fan page titled “Bama fans supporting Cade Foster” was started on Facebook after the game and had 66,114 “likes” by Sunday night. It included a message that negative posts would be deleted.
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron posted on Twitter that “we win & lose as a team. If u blame this on 1 guy U aren’t a true fan!”
Linebacker C.J. Mosley was more emphatic, with a tweet urging “fake” and “spoiled” fans to “stop sending threats to my teammates.”
Some fans reacted angrily to Foster on his Twitter account in the game’s aftermath.
One tweet urged him to “drink bleach” and another said: “Cade foster I’m gonna kill you and your family just FYI.”
Entering Saturday’s game, Foster was 11 for 12 on field-goal attempts.
Wyoming fired coach Dave Christensen, who was 27-35 in five seasons.
The 52-year-old Christensen, who served as a graduate assistant offensive-line coach at Washington in 1988 and 1989, has three years remaining on his contract and will get a buyout of $570,024.
“We have come to a point where our football program has not achieved at the level of success that we expect, and we know from past experience that we can be successful,” Cowboys athletic director Tom Burman said in a statement.
Wyoming lost five of its last six games this season to finish 5-7.
Florida went 4-8, its first losing season since 1979, and coach Will Muschamp fired offensive coordinator Brent Pease and offensive-line coach Tim Davis less than 24 hours after the Gators lost 37-7 to Florida State.
Pease is a former Walla Walla Community College and NFL quarterback. Davis is an ex-Walla Walla CC offensive coordinator.