The seventh edition of the BCS standings have been released tonight, and we have a new leader for the first time all season! Obviously, Alabama has been knocked out of the top spot, and the Florida State Seminoles will gladly accept it. Everyone has been waiting to see what would happen for the second spot, however -- would Auburn's win over the Crimson Tide be enough to make the Tigers jump Ohio State, or would voters and computers respect an unblemished record above all else?
Here are the newest rankings (full standings here) with your answer, for the moment at least:
1. Florida State (.995)
2. Ohio State (.950)
3. Auburn (.923)
4. Alabama (.854)
5. Missouri (.843)
6. Oklahoma State (.763)
7. Stanford (.707)
8. South Carolina (.704)
9. Baylor (.662)
10. Michigan State (.653)
It will be very interesting to see how a potential SEC Championship Game victory for Auburn would affect that gap between the Tigers and Buckeyes.
For a refresher, here is how the BCS rankings are determined:
A team's on-field performance during the regular season is the principal factor in determining its position in the BCS standings. The formula consists of three components, each weighted equally: the USA Today Coaches Poll, the Harris Interactive College Football Poll and an average of six computer rankings (Jeff Anderson and Chris Hester, Richard Billingsley, Wes Colley, Kenneth Massey, Jeff Sagarin and Peter Wolfe). Because the conference commissioners believe that teams should be judged on performance, there are no preseason BCS standings.