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BCS standings: LSU and Alabama on collision course to decide No. 1, for now

October 30, 2011 |  5:48 pm

Kenny Hilliard


The crowd at the top is thinning.

The college football weekend started with eight undefeated teams but is down to six.

Clemson and Kansas State lost, Stanford barely held on and Louisiana State and Alabama, without playing, reaffirmed their grip atop the Bowl Championship Series standings as they prepare for their huge showdown Saturday at Tuscaloosa, Ala.

LSU remained first in the BCS standings released Sunday with an average of .9734, followed by Alabama at .9591.

The order of the schools is moot, as the winner Saturday will be the undisputed No.1 next week with the loser scrambling to get back in the race.

Oklahoma State, after an impressive win over Baylor, solidified its No.3 BCS ranking with an average of .9310.

Stanford survived a triple-overtime thriller over USC and moved up two positions this week to No. 4 at .8615. Boise State, which had the week off, slipped one spot to No. 5 at .8522.

Rounding out the BCS top 10 are Oklahoma at No. 6, Arkansas, Oregon, South Carolina and Nebraska.

Oklahoma moved up four spots this week and is the highest-ranked one-loss team. Oregon dropped two positions to No. 8 and Arkansas, despite struggling to beat Vanderbilt, moved up three spots to No. 7.

Houston (8-0) moved up four positions to No. 13 and is the only undefeated team outside the BCS top 10.

The top two teams in the final BCS standings, to be released Dec. 4, will play Jan. 9 for the BCS national title in New Orleans.

-- Chris Dufresne

Photo: LSU's Kenny Hilliard celebrates after scoring a touchdown against Auburn last week. Hilliard and the Tigers put their No. 1 ranking on the line this week against No. 2 Alabama. Credit: Jamie Squire / Getty Images