TALLAHASSEE -- After routing then-No. 7 Miami 41-14 on Saturday night, Florida State climbed back to second place in the BCS standings Sunday.
It might be short-lived, though.
Although FSU’s win over the Hurricanes — who dropped to 11th in the latest standings — was enough for a top ranking from the BCS computers and garner six first-place votes in the AP poll and three in the coaches’ poll, Oregon’s schedule should provide more than enough quality wins to get the Ducks back to second by the end of the year.
Provided, of course, the Ducks, who play at Stanford (ranked sixth in both the AP and coaches’ polls, and fifth in the BCS standings) can win out.
Alabama remained No. 1 in the BCS standings, and Ohio State is still fourth. Baylor is sixth, and Clemson, Missouri, Auburn and Oklahoma round out the top 10.
But the big story is Florida State and Oregon, which have just .009 points separating them.
Florida State doesn’t have another team with a winning record remaining on its schedule. Oregon, meanwhile, doesn’t have another game against a team with a losing one.
If the Crimson Tide, Seminoles and Ducks all win out, FSU will need help from the human polls in order to make it into the national title game.
Right now both the Harris and coaches polls rank the Seminoles third and the Ducks second. If that continues, FSU could find itself on the outside looking in at the BCS Championship Game.
“Control what you can control and keep playing and don’t worry about it,” FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said last week when asked what he would tell his team about the BCS standings.
“Polls don’t concern us. We’ll worry about that when the year is over. We’ve got to control what we can control and that’s playing well, setting goals each week, setting a standard to which we want to play to.
“Those things take care of themselves in time, and you’ve just got to keep playing.”
If they don’t take care of themselves, though, Florida State fans may find themselves in an unfamiliar position — rooting for the Gators and Hurricanes.
At 4-4, UF represents the Seminoles’ best opportunity for a quality win at the end of their regular season. And a top-10, one-loss Miami team could provide a boost to the Seminoles’ strength of schedule should they meet again in the ACC Championship Game.
Alabama has a big game this week, with LSU coming to Tuscaloosa on Saturday. In another game with impact on the BCS standings, Baylor plays host to Oklahoma.