The second official BCS standings of the 2012 college football season were released on Sunday night, but there was no surprise at the very top of the rankings, as the Alabama Crimson Tide came in ranked No. 1 in the nation.
For the second time in many weeks, the Florida Gators found themselves right behind the Crimson Tide, coming in at No. 2. The Harris poll also thinks highly of the Gators, putting them at No. 3 while the computers believe the Gators should be the No. 1 team in the nation.
There was change following the top two spots, however, as Kansas State and Oregon swapped spots following the Wildcats dismantling of formerly No. 13 ranked West Virginia on the road.
Meanwhile, Florida State also benefited from the new standings, moving up from No. 14 to No. 12 in the BCS rankings.
Here are the second BCS standings from No. 1 through No. 25:
- Fun facts from the National Football Foundation:
• First-time school(s) in the BCS Standings: Ohio. A total of 85 schools have appeared in the BCS Standings since they were created in 1998.
• Schools debuting in 2012 BCS Standings: No. 22 Michigan, No. 24 Ohio, No. 25 Wisconsin. • Dropped out of BCS Standings: No. 21 Cincinnati, No. 23 TCU, No. 24 Iowa State.
• The No. 1 team in the second week of the BCS Standings has gone on to play in the BCS National Championship Game 10 times, including the last two (Auburn - 2010, LSU - 2011).
• The No. 2 team in the second week of the BCS Standings has gone on to play in the BCS National Championship Game seven times, including the last three (Alabama - 2009, Oregon - 2010, Alabama - 2011).
• The Southeastern Conference has had at least one team in the No. 1 or No. 2 position in 34 of the last 35 BCS Standings, dating back to Dec. 2, 2007.
• Kansas State has tied its highest-ever ranking at No. 3 (1998).
• Notre Dame was ranked No. 5 for the second consecutive week, marking the sixth time in the history of the BCS Standings that the Irish have appeared in the top five. The Irish have not been ranked No. 5 in consecutive weeks since Nov. 12 and Nov. 19, 2006.
• The first two weeks of the BCS Standings mark the first time intrastate rivals Oregon (No. 4) and Oregon State (No. 7) have been ranked in the top 10 since 2000; the first time two Big East schools have been ranked inside the top 20 since 2009; and the first time a MAC school has been ranked in the Standings since 2010.
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