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Florida State back to No. 2 in BCS standings

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Florida State returned to the No. 2 spot in the BCS standings released on Sunday.

The Seminoles, who had dropped to No. 3 behind Oregon last week, jumped back over the Ducks this week after beating previously unbeaten Miami 41-14 on Saturday.

Alabama retained the top spot in the BCS standings thanks to its No. 1 ranking in both polls used in the BCS formula -- the USA Today coaches poll and the Harris poll.

Florida State is No. 3 in both those polls, but is ranked No. 1 by the BCS computers, the third component in the BCS formula, boosting the Seminoles past Oregon in the BCS standings.

The Ducks were idle over the weekend, but face Stanford on Thursday. The Cardinal are the highest-ranked one-loss team at No. 5 in the BCS standings, and a win over Stanford might push Oregon back ahead of Florida State in next week's BCS standings.

Unbeaten Ohio State remained fourth in the BCS standings, followed by Stanford, Baylor, Clemson, Missouri, Auburn and Oklahoma.

The top two teams in the final BCS standings will play for the national title. Next year, the BCS will be replaced by a four-team playoff with a selection panel choosing the four participants.

Fresno State is No. 16 in this week's BCS, two spots ahead of Northern Illinois, which is battling Fresno State to earn a spot in a BCS game. A team from a conference that does not receive an automatic BCS game berth is guaranteed a BCS berth if it finishes among the top 12 in the final BCS standings. However, only one such team can receive a BCS game berth.

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