Alabama remains No. 1 in BCS as key week looms

Alabama remains No. 1 in BCS as key week looms

November 4th, 2013 by David Paschall in Sports - College

BCS STANDINGS

1) Alabama

2) Florida State

3) Oregon

4) Ohio State

5) Stanford

6) Baylor

7) Clemson

8) Missouri

9) Auburn

10) Oklahoma

Alabama remained No. 1 in the latest BCS standings released Sunday night, while there was another flip-flop for the No. 2 spot.

Florida State, which routed Miami 41-14 on Saturday night, supplanted Oregon for second place behind the Crimson Tide. The Seminoles and Ducks have taken turns at No. 2, with Oregon likely to retake the position next week should the Ducks win Thursday night at Stanford.

Stanford is No. 5 in the BCS standings, one spot behind Ohio State.

The FSU-Miami game was college football's lone marquee matchup this past weekend, but this Thursday night alone provides Oregon at Stanford and No. 10 Oklahoma at No. 6 Baylor. The Ducks were 10.5-point favorites over the Cardinal as of Sunday night, while the Bears were 14-point favorites over the Sooners.

Baylor is a healthy favorite despite being just 1-21 lifetime against Oklahoma.

Saturday's showcase game is LSU at Alabama, which will kick off shortly after 8 p.m. on CBS. The Crimson Tide are early 11-point favorites over the Tigers, who are No. 13 in the BCS standings.

Alabama's schedule to this point has included just one team in the BCS standings, No. 15 Texas A&M, but the Crimson Tide have remaining matchups with LSU and Auburn, which moved up to No. 9 this week. Should the Tide win out and reach the SEC championship game, they could face another highly-ranked foe if Missouri or South Carolina wins the East Division.

Missouri is No. 8 in this week's BCS standings, while South Carolina is No. 11.

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