Missouri's double-overtime loss to South Carolina reduced the ranks of BCS contenders by one, and to some extent it solidified the pecking order for the teams vying for a shot at the national championship.
With Texas Tech also losing, there are now eight undefeated teams—and just six from BCS conferences. Only the ACC still has multiple unbeaten teams, but that will change next week when Florida State hosts Miami in the biggest game in this rivalry since 2000, when the Hurricanes were still in the Big East.
Florida State will come into the game ranked No. 3 in the BCS standings, having ceded the second spot to Oregon based on our projections. Thanks to a 42-14 victory over UCLA, the Ducks will gain enough in the computer rankings to overtake the Seminoles but won't surpass No. 1 Alabama.
Projected BCS standings:
1. Alabama, 2. Oregon, 3. Florida State, 4. Ohio State, 5. Stanford, 6. Baylor, 7. Miami (Fla.), 8. Clemson, 9. Missouri, 10. Oklahoma.
11. Auburn, 12. LSU, 13. Texas Tech, 14. Texas A&M, 15. Northern Illinois, 16. South Carolina, 17. UCLA, 18. Fresno State, 19. Oklahoma State, 20. Louisville.
Others: Michigan, Central Florida, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Michigan State.
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