The Cowboys cut deeply into the Crimson Tide's lead after beating Oklahoma 44-10 to earn the Big 12 title while Alabama was idle.
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Last week the Tide received every second-place vote and 1,440 points, while Oklahoma State received 1,286 points.
This week, the Tide received 38 second-place votes and 1,418 points and the Cowboys got 22 second-place votes and 1,400 points. Two voters had Oklahoma State fourth.
The final BCS standings will come out later Sunday. The AP poll is not used in the BCS standings. The Harris and coaches' polls are.
In the USA Today coaches' poll, Alabama was No. 2, ahead of No. 3 Oklahoma State by 22 points. The Harris poll was due out later.
LSU was guaranteed to hold the top spot in the standings, but whether Alabama or Oklahoma State will be second is in question.
LSU (13-0) for the fourth straight was a unanimous No. 1 in the AP poll.
Previously unbeaten Houston dropped from No. 7 to No. 20 after losing to Southern Mississippi.
Baylor moved up four spots to No. 15.