BCS Standings, Week 12: The Seminoles Stay at No. 2 as South Carolina Makes a Play

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The SEC now has four teams in the Top 10, including Alabama residing at No. 1. Meanwhile, LSU takes a plunge after its loss and guess where UCF is ranked

Now for the poll that matters. The one, the only BCS Top 10, which we look at once again following the Oregon loss. Will there be excitement? Will there be intrigue? How about adventure? Nah.

1 Alabama
2 Florida State
3 Ohio State
4 Stanford
5 Baylor
6 Oregon
7 Auburn
8 Clemson
9 Missouri
10 South Carolina

Florida State was pretty much expected to lock up the No. 2 spot if Oregon lost -- so the Seminoles have locked up the No. 2 spot for the foreseeable future. With their remaining schedule going Syracuse, Idaho and at Florida, it's going to take a massive upset for FSU to miss out on the title game. Good for them that nothing like that ever happens in college football in November.

The Stanford-Baylor knot is still something that you don't have to worry about too much at this moment. Particularly with Notre Dame's face-plant against Pitt, the Cardinal have probably played their most impressive football in the eyes of the computers. Baylor still has Oklahoma State and Texas, which being Texas is still a ranked team, to go. It's not impossible to see Stanford staying ahead of Baylor if both win out -- particularly if the Pac-12 South Champion ends up being impressive -- but it's also not the most likely thing in the world.

Missouri taking a slide surprises me a bit, but that's not the end of the world for the Tigers. Win out, including a victory against the Tide or Auburn in the Georgia Dome, and Mizzou will likely be the top one-loss team in the country. If they don't win all those games, I don't know that it matters a heck of a lot.

Meanwhile, by moving into the Top 10, South Carolina continues to position itself nicely for a possible at-large berth. In that case, it might actually behoove the Gamecocks not to go to the SEC Championship Game, where they would have to beat Alabama to lock up a BCS bid. Instead, they could watching Auburn and Missouri get slammed by Alabama -- assuming that happens -- and end up as the highest-ranked SEC team standing. They would still have to edge out Texas A&M and potentially LSU, but it's way too early to tell how everything plays out down the road. Beat Florida and Clemson, and if you miss the SEC title game, hope for the best.

The other SEC teams in the rankings, for now, are No. 11 Texas A&M, No. 21 LSU and No. 25 Georgia. LSU's a bit lower than you might expect, but blame the computers -- two of which didn't even rank the Bengals. And UCF is ahead of Louisville, which makes me happy as a clam. The computers end up being worth something after all. I love you, BCS.

BCS Harris Poll USA Today Computer Rankings
RK TEAM AVG PVS RK PTS % RK PTS % AVG A&H RB CM KM JS PW %
1 Alabama .9958 1 1 2625 1.0000 1 1546 .9974 1 1 1 2 1 2 1 .990
2 Florida State .9619 2 2 2514 .9577 2 1485 .9581 2 2 2 1 2 1 2 .970
3 Ohio State .8926 4 3 2373 .9040 3 1401 .9039 4 4 4 4 6 5 3 .870
4 Stanford .8689 5 5 2240 .8533 5 1307 .8432 3 5 3 3 3 3 4 .910
5 Baylor .8618 6 4 2304 .8777 4 1376 .8877 5 3 6 5 7 4 8 .820
6 Oregon .7665 3 6 1968 .7497 7 1162 .7497 6 6 5 8 5 7 6 .800
7 Auburn .7206 9 9 1843 .7021 9 1069 .6897 7 8 8 6 4 8 5 .770
8 Clemson .7200 7 7 1940 .7390 6 1164 .7510 9 9 7 9 10 13 9 .670
9 Missouri .7118 8 8 1855 .7067 8 1083 .6987 8 7 10 7 8 9 7 .730
10 South Carolina .5584 12 12 1417 .5398 12 830 .5355 10 10 9 12 13 10 12 .600
11 Texas A&M .5473 15 10 1582 .6027 11 898 .5794 13 15 16 13 12 17 14 .460
12 Oklahoma State .4671 14 11 1545 .5886 10 965 .6226 22 14 20 18 NR 22 25 .190
13 UCLA .4548 19 16 1026 .3909 15 641 .4135 11 13 13 17 11 11 11 .560
14 Fresno State .4317 16 13 1124 .4282 14 646 .4168 14 17 17 11 25 12 13 .450
15 Northern Illinois .3505 18 18 825 .3143 21 445 .2871 14 24 12 20 17 6 10 .450
16 Michigan State .3417 17 15 1090 .4152 16 620 .4000 21 18 21 15 22 23 22 .210
17 UCF .3411 21 19 791 .3013 19 468 .3019 16 16 11 14 19 16 16 .420
18 Oklahoma .2926 10 20 732 .2789 17 510 .3290 17 12 15 16 23 NR 23 .270
19 Arizona State .2833 22 22 475 .1810 22 262 .1690 12 11 23 10 9 18 15 .500
20 Louisville .2806 20 14 1104 .4206 13 653 .4213 28 NR 18 NR NR NR NR .000
21 LSU .2757 13 17 919 .3501 18 476 .3071 24 NR 19 NR 16 21 21 .170
22 Wisconsin .2612 24 21 674 .2568 20 460 .2968 18 22 22 NR 18 19 18 .230
23 Miami (FL) .1471 11 23 457 .1741 23 228 .1471 25 21 NR 21 21 NR 24 .120
24 Texas .1092 NR 24 247 .0941 24 176 .1135 25 20 14 24 24 24 NR .120
25 Georgia .0857 NR 25 102 .0389 NR 44 .0284 22 19 24 22 15 25 20 .190
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