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LSU and Alabama remain on top of BCS standings

October 23, 2011 |  5:45 pm


Louisiana State and Alabama, each with a week off to prepare for their Nov. 5 showdown in Tuscaloosa, dominated Sunday’s second release of the Bowl Championships Series standings.

LSU (8-0) remained on top with a BCS average of .9702, followed by Alabama (8-0) at .9627.

Weekend defeats handed to last week’s No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 6 Wisconsin, though, scrambled the standings and created opportunities for others.

Oklahoma State, with an average of .9240, took Oklahoma’s spot at No. 3 followed by Boise State at .8302 and Clemson at .8240.

Stanford moved up two spots to No. 6, followed by Oregon, Kansas State, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Oregon, the highest-ranked one-loss team, plays at Stanford on Nov. 12.

Wisconsin paid heavily for its last-second loss to Michigan State. The Badgers dropped nine positions to No. 15, one spot behind Nebraska.

The top two schools in the final standings Dec. 4 will meet for the BCS title in New Orleans.

--Chris Dufresne

Photo: Playmakers Trent Richardson of Alabama and Jordan Jefferson of LSU have helped their teams set up a showdown for SEC, and BCS, supremacy on Nov. 5. Credit: Associated Press and Getty Images