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Alabama tops first BCS poll; Florida grabs second spot

The Sports Network

10/15/2012 9:39:47 PM

Irving, TX (Sports Network) - As expected, Alabama sits atop the first BCS standings of the season.

An overwhelming No. 1 in both polls used in the BCS formula, Alabama is fresh off a 42-10 thumping of Missouri on Saturday.

Florida took the second spot following a 31-17 victory at Vanderbilt on Saturday.

The Crimson Tide and Gators, both 6-0, will not play against each other this season. However, they would meet in the SEC Championship if both maintain their perfect records.

Oregon, Kansas State and Notre Dame round out the top-five.

LSU holds the sixth position and is followed by South Carolina, Oregon State, Oklahoma and USC.

The second 10 consists of Georgia, Mississippi State, West Virginia, Florida State, Rutgers, Louisville, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Clemson and Stanford.

Cincinnati, Boise State, TCU, Iowa State and Texas are the last five teams in the standings.

The BCS poll is computed by averaging the percentage totals of the Harris Interactive poll, USA Today poll and computer rankings.

Since 1998, the top two teams in the poll following the conference title games squared off for the BCS Championship.

Last season it pitted teams from the same conference, as the Crimson Tide avenged a regular season loss to LSU by beating their SEC rival, 21-0.

Things will change in two years, however, when a four-team playoff system goes into effect. The BCS presidential oversight committee approved the change in June, and will be used for 12 years beginning in 2014.