Oregon passes Florida State, second in BCS standings

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NEW YORK — Oregon passed Florida State and moved into second place behind Alabama in the Bowl Championship Series standings released Sunday.

BCS standings

Team (previous rank) Avg.

  1. Alabama (1) .9937

  2. Oregon (3) .9517

  3. Florida St. (2) .9211

  4. Ohio St. (4) .8840

  5. Stanford (6) .7918

  6. Baylor (8) .7645

  7. Miami, Fla. (7) .7560

  8. Clemson (9) .6687

  9. Missouri (5) .6096

  10. Oklahoma (15) .6064

  11. Auburn (11) .6025

  12. Texas A&M (16) .4812

  13. Louisiana St. (13) .4630

  14. South Carolina (21) .4486

  15. Texas Tech (10) .3749

  16. Fresno St. (17) .3669

  17. N. Illinois (18) .3335

  18. Oklahoma St. (19) .3113

  19. Louisville (20) .2599

  20. UCLA (12) .2338

  21. Michigan (22) .1875

  22. Michigan St, .1811

  23. Central Florida (23) .1789

  24. Wisconsin .0993

  25. Notre Dame .0928

Note: Standings are based on an average of the USA Today coaches poll, Harris poll and computer rankings.

The Ducks’ rise above Florida State was not a shock.

The Seminoles had a slim lead on Oregon in the first standings of the season, which were released last week. The Ducks’ convincing 42-14 victory against Pac-12 rival UCLA on Saturday gave them the boost they needed.

Oregon moved up to third from fourth in the computer ratings and remained second in both the USA Today coaches poll and the Harris poll to give it a .9517 BCS average.

Florida State, after routing North Carolina State 49-17, has a .9211 BCS average. The Seminoles are third in each poll, though they gained a little ground on the Ducks, and second in the computer ratings — down from first a week ago.

Two-time defending national champion Alabama is first across the board.

Florida State has a chance to gain on Oregon this week when it plays seventh-place Miami on Saturday.

The Ducks are off, but Oregon’s next game comes against fifth-place Stanford on Nov. 7.

The top two teams in the final standings after the regular season play in the BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 6 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. The BCS will be replaced by a four-team playoff after the 2014 regular season.

Florida State led North Carolina State 42-0 at halftime and Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher played backups for most of the second half.

But running up the score after halftime might have helped Florida State in the polls.

“I’m not going to go out there and embarrass this game, the integrity of how you’ve got to play,” said Fisher, who admitted to at least thinking about the team’s poll position when making key decisions during games. “If that’s the way they’re going to do it, they need to re-evaluate it.”

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