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BCS rankings 2012: Gators slip, Seminoles rise

Florida and Florida State are in the top 10, but the Gators' loss on Saturday likely knocked them out of any BCS championship hopes.

Sam Greenwood

Both the Florida Gators and Florida State Seminoles rank in the top 10 in the latest BCS standings. The Gators were No. 2 heading into the weekend, and therefore in a position to secure a place in the national championship game by winning out. But they lost to Georgia on Saturday, sending them down the rankings.

But while Florida's ceiling was lowered by the loss, where the team sits in the BCS isn't important right now, as SB Nation's Alligator Army noted:

Where Florida sits in the polls is largely irrelevant, much like it was last week: If the Gators win out, they'll be in range to be selected for a BCS bowl; if they lose again, they'll likely have to settle for the Capital One Bowl at best.

The Gators no longer control their own destiny in the SEC East -- they'll need UGA to drop a game in order to get back into the driver's seat.

Florida State, on the other hand, climbed three spots in the BCS this week and also took back control of the ACC's Atlantic Division thanks to N.C. State's loss over the weekend. The Seminoles finish up their conference schedule with road games at Virginia Tech and Maryland.

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