- Sam Khan Jr., ESPN Staff Writer
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No surprise: Alabama is still No. 1 in the latest BCS standings.
One notable aspect of the newest BCS standings is that the Crimson Tide have increased their lead. They moved back to No. 1 in the average computer ranking (the Tide were no. 2 in that area last week) on the strength of their 38-17 win over LSU on Saturday.
It's the fourth straight week the Tide check in at No. 1 in the BCS standings. Their average is .9958, up from last week's average of .9797. As it did before, Alabama controls its own destiny from here on out and has a pretty good stranglehold on the top spot, with Auburn and the SEC championship game (if the Tide beat Auburn) being the last obstacles between it and an appearance in the VIZIO BCS National Championship Game.
The SEC has four teams in the top 10 of this week's standings and seven in the Top 25.
Auburn took a nice jump up from the ninth spot up to No. 7. The Tigers continue their magnificent turnaround season under Gus Malzahn and continue to build momentum as the Iron Bowl nears. But first, the Tigers must get by No. 25 Georgia.
Despite a decisive win over Kentucky, Missouri took a slight dip in the standings. The Tigers are now No. 9 in the BCS after sitting at No. 8 last week. Certainly the Kentucky win doesn't help strength of schedule. Two tough games remain, though, a road game at Ole Miss and a home game against No. 11 Texas A&M.
South Carolina jumped back into the top 10 at No. 10, and Texas A&M rose four spots after being No. 15 last week. LSU's loss to Alabama sent the Tigers on a tumble all the way to No. 21 (they were No. 13 last week), and Georgia is back in the standings, checking in at No. 25 in advance of its showdown with Auburn.
With Oregon's loss to Stanford last week, the Ducks are now sixth in the standings. There are four undefeated teams in the BCS top five, meaning that if Alabama falters, it could be tough for the SEC champion to find itself in the national championship game unless a few more undefeated teams tumble.
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