Tigers, Gamecocks tumble in polls before debut of BCS

Clemson and South Carolina picked bad weeks to suffer bad losses as both teams tumbled in the pools on the even of the first BSC rankings.

Florida State moved up to No. 3 in both major polls, which were released Sunday, a day after blowing out host Clemson 55-14. The Tigers fell from No. 3 to barely stay in the top 10, while South Carolina dropped to No. 20 after losing at Tennessee 23-21.

Alabama and Oregon retained the top two spots in the top 25 Associated Press media and USA Today coaches polls. But Florida State edged out Oregon for the No. 2 spot behind Alabama in the season’s first edition of BCS standings, which were released Sunday evening.

Oregon is ranked No. 2 in all the major polls, but Florida State benefited from its high ranking by the BCS computers to earn a .935 BCS score, barely better than the Ducks’ .932 average. Florida State is ranked No. 1 by the BCS computers while Oregon is No. 4.

Alabama is comfortably atop the initial BCS standings with a .984 average.

The top three have a significant lead over No. 4 Ohio State, which has a BCS average score of .855. The Buckeyes are followed by No. 5 Missouri.

Stanford is No. 6 in the BCS, making it the highest-ranked one-loss team at this early stage. Miami-Fla., Baylor, Clemson and Texas Tech round out the BCS top 10.

The two teams atop the BCS standings at the end of the season will meet in the national championship game. This is the last season for the BCS. Next season, a four-team playoff will determine the national champion, with the four participating teams to be selected by a committee.

The BCS standings are based on three criteria: the USA Today coaches poll, the Harris poll and the BCS computers, each of which counts one-third. The AP poll is not part of the formula.

In the AP poll, the No. 1 Crimson Tide (7-0) received 55 first-place votes. The No. 2 Ducks (7-0) picked up three votes and the Seminoles (6-0) got the remaining two.

In the coaches poll, Alabama garnered 57 first-place votes, Oregon four votes and Florida State one.

Ohio State (7-0) is No. 4 in both major polls. Missouri (7-0) moved up to No. 5 in the AP poll while Baylor (6-0) occupies the fifth spot in the coaches poll.

Clemson (6-1) tumbled to No. 9 in the AP poll and No. 10 in the coaches poll.

Auburn (6-1) made the biggest jump in the AP poll from 24th to No. 11 after its 45-41 victory over Texas A&M, which fell from seventh to No. 14. Louisville (6-1) fell the hardest from eighth to No. 18 after losing to Central Florida. Georgia (No. 15 last week), Washington (No. 20) and Florida (No. 22) fell out of the top 25 and were replaced by No. 21 Central Florida, No. 24 Michigan and No. 25 Nebraska.

In the coaches poll, Baylor and Missouri each moved up seven spots. South Carolina (5-2) fell from ninth to No. 20 after losing to Tennessee and Louisville sixth to No. 16. Georgia (No. 16 last week), Florida (No. 22) and Washington (No. 25) dropped out and were replaced by No. 17 Auburn, No. 24 Wisconsin and No. 25 Central Florida.

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