Florida State is back in second place in the Bowl Championship Series standings, edging past Oregon behind first-place Alabama.
The Seminoles’ lead is thin and their stay at No. 2 could be short again. Third-place Oregon plays at Stanford on Thursday night, and a win is likely to push the Ducks back into second. The Seminoles and Ducks have exchanged positions in the BCS standings the past two weeks.
Florida State is third in both the USA Today coaches’ poll and Harris poll, though the Seminoles gained ground on the Ducks after a 41-14 victory over Miami on Saturday night. Florida State is No. 1 in the computer ratings.
Oregon is second in the polls and third in the computers.
Alabama is first in the polls and second in the computers with five weeks left in the regular season.
Ohio State is fourth in the standings.
What to watch this week
• You don’t need Nielsen to know Oregon at Stanford will be the highest-rated television show in Tallahassee, Fla., on Thursday night. Florida State is rooting hard for Stanford to put a first loss on Oregon.
• Is Baylor for real? After two months, we finally get to find out when the undefeated Bears play host to Oklahoma in another Thursday matchup of top-10 teams. Baylor is No. 93 in Sagarin’s strength-of-schedule rankings but closes its Big 12 schedule with Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas.
• Two-loss Louisiana State is likely out of the title chase but can shake up the BCS standings with a win at No. 1 Alabama on Saturday.