Order restored in the BCS: Alabama-Oregon on top

Order has been restored in the BCS as the top four teams in the polls are now in the same order in the overall BCS ratings.  Even the computers agree on the order of the four teams, which is unusual and may change over time.

Alabama and Oregon still control their own destiny for the BCS title game.  Florida State is in the on-deck cirle.  Ohio State is hoping to pinch hit, while Baylor is still waiting for a call-up from the minors.

Miami, the other major undefeated team, will get its shot to make a statement this week when they take on the Seminoles in Tallahasse.  If the Canes win, it will be interesting to see what the voters do with them.  That would be quite the upset though.  The early line has FSU as a three-touchdown favorite.

Stanford checks in at No. 5 this week and is still the top-rated one-loss team in the rankings.  The Cardinal still control their own destiny in the Pac-12 and Oregon visits Palo Alto in a couple weeks.

Missouri only dropped to ninth after the gut wrenching loss to South Carolina.  The Gamecocks moved up seven spots to 14th, but are still just fifth among SEC teams.

Entering their game, Oklahoma was 15th in the BCS ratings and Texas Tech was tenth.  After the Sooners beat the Red Raiders on Saturday, they switched spots.

Fresno State still leads Northern Illinois in the race to automatically qualify for an at-large spot.  If the season ended today, the 16th ranked Bulldogs would qualify because they are rated ahead of No. 23 UCF, which is the leader of the American Athletic Conference.  Contrary to what you hear on just about every broadcast, the AAC is still an AQ conference and its champ is automatically in the BCS.  I can't tell you how many times I've heard announcers refer to the Knights as a potential "BCS buster" with Fresno and NIU.

CBS Sports Senior Writer

Jerry Palm started writing about sports on the Internet right after Al Gore invented it. He was the first to bring RPI out in the open and is one of the pioneers of predicting the March Madness bracket.... Full Bio

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