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2012 BCS rankings: Florida in control at No. 2, FSU rises to No. 12

Gator fans believe their team controls its own destiny for a BCS championship, while Florida State is making its way back to the top 10.

Chris Trotman

The Florida Gators remained the all-important No. 2 in the BCS rankings on Sunday, while their in-state rival Florida State jumped two spots thanks to losses from West Virginia and South Carolina.

Florida's win over South Carolina solidified their grip on the second spot, as the Gators moved closer to Alabama in the numbers. Andy Hutchins of Florida blog Alligator Army believes that the Gators are a lock for the title game if they win out, as they are far enough ahead of the rest of the pack:

This much is clear: Florida isn't falling out of the BCS picture without a loss. The Gators stayed No. 2 behind Alabama in the BCS rankings released Sunday night, and both made up ground on their SEC rival and put distance on the rest of the field.

FSU would need a lot of help to get into the title game, as the ACC doesn't provide nearly the strength of schedule boost or the national credibility that the SEC offers. The Seminoles are back in control of their BCS bowl destiny, as they are in first place of the ACC Atlantic division following a Maryland loss on Saturday.

The Seminoles may have an opportunity to at least play a major role in the championship picture, when they face Florida at the end of the year.

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