Alabama, Florida State start on top in first official BCS rankings

FSU holds the slimmest of leads over Oregon at the No. 2 spot in the first official BCS rankings. (USATSI)
FSU holds the slimmest of leads over Oregon at the No. 2 spot in the first official BCS rankings. (USATSI)

Florida State just edged past Oregon to start at No. 2 in the first official BCS ratings released on Sunday.  The Seminoles' lead is just 0.0028 and probably won't hold up long term if both teams keep winning.  That's because the Ducks still have a commanding lead in the two polls.  Harris voters especially like Oregon.  As the season wears on, the computer numbers will start to converge if both keep winning and the Ducks will eventually end up ahead on the strength of the poll numbers.  That's assuming those don't change significantly.

BCS Standings
Team Rating
1. Alabama .984
2. Florida State .935
3. Oregon .932
4. Ohio State .855
5. Missouri .822
Complete BCS Standings

Alabama, of course, has a commanding lead on top of the ratings.  The Tide and Oregon control their own destiny for the BCS title game right now.

Also, you can make a case that Missouri does as well.  To finish 13-0, the Tigers will likely have to go through Alabama.  It's hard to imagine an undefeated SEC champ not playing for the title.

Ohio State, which started the season at No. 2 is now fourth and needs help.  They could win 25 in a row (over two seasons) and still not get a shot at the title.  Of course, the title isn't based on what you do last year.

In even worse shape is the Big 12 contingent.  The two remaining undefeated teams, Baylor and Texas Tech, are eighth and tenth respectively.  If either finishes 12-0, they will pass whatever one-loss teams are ahead of them, but they aren't likely to go by any of the major undefeated teams in their path.

Fresno State and Northern Illinois, the two non-AQ teams vying for a spot in the final BCS, start 17th and 18th.  If both win out, only the higher rated of the two can automatically get into the BCS.  The other would be out of luck.

CBS Sports Senior Writer

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