Alabama and Texas Tech and their perfect records were on top of the BCS standings today. Texas, Florida and Oklahoma, all with one loss, are lurking and ready to take advantage if the front-runners fall.
Penn State's loss to Iowa on Saturday left the Crimson Tide and Red Raiders as the only unbeaten teams in the BCS conferences. So sorting out the all-important first two places in the BCS standings was easy this week.
First-place Alabama (.981) was No. 1 in both the Harris and USA Today coaches' polls. Second-place Texas Tech (.972) was a solid second in both polls and first in the computer rankings. The computers have Alabama No. 2.
Texas (.879) was third, followed closely by Florida (.864) and Oklahoma (.844).
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Alabama claimed 44 of 61 first-place votes in the coaches' poll.
Texas Tech, which was third in the poll last week, had 17 first-place votes.
Florida jumped to No. 3 in the coaches' poll, Oklahoma is fourth and Texas fifth. Texas had fallen to seventh last week after losing to Texas Tech.
The Associated Press poll of media members had the same top five, but ranked Texas fourth and Oklahoma fifth. Alabama received 44 first-place votes and Texas Tech the other 21.
The coaches poll is one component of the BCS standings.
The top two teams in the BCS standings released at the end of the regular season play in the BCS National Championship Game.
TCU fell to 18th in the coaches poll, down from 11th, after losing to Utah on Thursday night. TCU is 15th in the AP poll, and is 18th in the BCS standings.
Alabama plays Mississippi State at home on Saturday and Texas Tech has a week off before playing at Oklahoma on Nov. 22, the Red Raiders' fourth consecutive game against a ranked opponent.
In the AP poll, No. 3 Florida, No. 4 Texas, No. 5 Oklahoma and No. 6 Southern California, all with one-loss but still with national title hopes, all moved up one spot and are ahead of the Penn State.
No. 8 Utah (10-0) moved up two spots, jumping over Boise State (9-0) which stayed at No. 9. The Utes and Broncos are both trying to break into the Bowl Championship Series from conferences without an automatic bid to the big-money games.
Ohio State moved up two spots and completes the first 10.
Oklahoma State fell three spots to No. 11 and is followed by Big 12 rival Missouri.
No. 13 Georgia is one spot ahead of the other unbeaten team, Ball State (9-0) from the Mid-American Conference.
Mountain West rivals TCU and BYU are Nos. 15 and 16, respectively.
No. 17 North Carolina has its highest ranking since it started the 1998 season No. 12. That was the season after coach Mack Brown left Chapel Hill for Texas.
Michigan State is No. 18. LSU dropped three spots to 19th and Florida State moved up four spots to No. 20.
Pittsburgh moved up four spots to No. 21 and the final four teams were unranked last week.
Cincinnati is ranked for the first time this season at No. 22 after beating West Virginia 26-23 in overtime. The Mountaineers dropped out of the rankings.
Oregon State, which has won four straight and controls the Pac-10 race because it beat USC, also moved into the rankings for the first time this season. The Beavers are No. 23.
No. 24 South Carolina and No. 25 Tulsa both moved back into the rankings.
California, Georgia Tech and Maryland also dropped out after losses.