Florida Gators: BCS standings

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida got two pieces of help it needed on Saturday to get back into the hunt for a spot in the BCS National Championship Game.

The Gators need two more -- and a victory over Florida State.

UF (10-1) moved up to No. 4 in the latest BCS standings because of losses by Oregon and Kansas State. The Gators are behind No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia and just need to move up two spots to get a chance to play for the school’s fourth national title.

The easiest scenario for that to happen would be for Southern California to beat Notre Dame on Saturday and Alabama to beat Georgia in the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 1 (provided, of course, Bama beats Auburn and Georgia beats Georgia Tech this week). The Gators -- if they beat the Noles on Saturday -- would then likely move into the No. 2 spot in the final standings.

That would set up an all-SEC title game for the second year in a row, something which seems to be causing a lot of backlash among fans. But it remains to be seen whether the voters in the Harris Interactive and USA Today coaches’ polls -- two-thirds of the BCS formula -- would take that into consideration and drop the Gators to prevent that from happening.

UF has been ranked high in the computer polls (No. 2 in the latest standings) after playing one of the nation’s toughest schedules. That won’t change if the Gators beat the Noles, because that would give UF four victories over teams ranked in the BCS top 12.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida’s loss to Georgia on Saturday resulted in the Gators falling five spots in the BCS standings, but they’re not out of the national championship race yet. Mathematically, anyway.

Florida is now No. 7 -- behind Alabama, Kansas State, Notre Dame, Oregon, LSU and Georgia -- but still has a game against No. 9 Florida State remaining. Plus, the Gators are still alive in the SEC’s Eastern Division race. They can win the title by beating Missouri on Saturday and having Georgia lose to either Ole Miss or Auburn in the next two weeks.

UF (7-1, 6-1 SEC) can’t lose again or the Gators won’t have any chance to reach the No. 2 spot to earn a berth in the BCS Championship Game. There’s still a month of the season and several critical games remaining.
  • Kansas State must still play Texas.
  • Notre Dame must still play Southern California.
  • LSU must still play Alabama and Mississippi State.
  • Oregon still has the meat of its schedule remaining: Southern California, Stanford and Oregon State.

One remote scenario would involve LSU, Notre Dame, Oregon and Kansas State each losing a game while the Gators win out. Then Georgia loses a close game to Alabama in the SEC title game and the Gators claim the No. 2 spot despite losing to Georgia in Jacksonville, Fla.

However, if the Gators do win they’ll likely get an at-large berth into a BCS bowl.

"We just have to look at the next game," LB Jon Bostic said. "We’ve got another SEC opponent and just keep going. We’ve been playing well all season. We’ve just got to take it one game at a time."

Florida’s 17-9 loss to Georgia resulted in a tumble from No. 3 to No. 8 in the Associated Press Top 25, USA Today coaches’ poll, and Harris Interactive College Football Poll. The latter two are parts of the BCS formula. UF dropped from No. 1 to No. 4 in the computer polls, which is the final part of the formula.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida remained No. 2 in the BCS standings, but the Gators' hold on that spot will be challenged this week.

And not only because the Gators play No. 10 Georgia in Jacksonville, Fla., on Saturday, either.

No. 3 Kansas State plays host to No. 14 Texas Tech, and No. 5 Notre Dame plays at No. 8 Oklahoma. No. 3 Oregon plays host to 1-6 Colorado, so the Ducks won't have a chance to make up any ground on the Gators, unless, of course, Georgia wins for just the fifth time in the last 23 meetings.

None of that stuff matters to UF coach Will Muschamp. He's focused on beating Georgia to earn the SEC's Eastern Division title -- and he's making sure his players aren't thinking about the BCS, either.

"We play in Jacksonville next week. One-game season," Muschamp said. "I sat with them Monday and said, 'Let's have a conversation about the BCS and the AP and the UPI and the USA Today and all the polls. Is that going to help us win against South Carolina? Is any of that information going to help us prepare for the game?'

"And they all agreed it wasn't going to help us. We're not going to sit here and talk about it."

Florida (7-0, 6-0 SEC) remained No. 1 in the computer polls and No. 3 in the Harris Poll, but moved up one spot to No. 3 in the USA Today Coaches' poll.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- It wasn’t expected to happen this quickly, but Florida is back in the national-championship hunt.

In fact, the Gators are one of the favorites.

Florida came in at No. 2 in the first BCS standings that were released Sunday night. The Gators are behind only No. 1 Alabama. Oregon, Kansas State and Notre Dame round out the top five.

The Gators (6-0, 5-0 SEC) are No. 2 because they are No. 1 in the average of the six computer polls that make up one-third of the BCS formula. UF came in at No. 2 or No. 1 in five of the six computer rankings and No. 5 in the other. The lowest and highest rankings are dropped and the remaining four rankings are added and divided by 100. Strength of schedule is factored into each of the computer rankings.

The Gators are No. 3 in the Harris Interactive College Football Poll (up from No. 6 the previous week) and No. 4 in the USA Today coaches’ poll, which are the other two pieces of the BCS standings formula.

Florida’s resume includes three solid victories:
  • at Texas A&M (No. 18 in the BCS);
  • at Tennessee;
  • at home over LSU (No. 6 in the BCS).

UF still has regular-season games remaining against three more teams in the top 15 of the BCS standings:
  • South Carolina (No. 7);
  • Georgia (No. 11)
  • Florida State (No. 14).

The Gators can win the SEC’s Eastern Division by beating the Gamecocks and Bulldogs in the next two weeks, which would set up a likely showdown with Alabama in the SEC Championship Game.

UF also has games against Missouri, Louisiana-Lafayette and Jacksonville State.

The Gators weren’t expected to be a national-championship contender in 2012 after going a combined 15-11 in the past two seasons, including 7-6 in 2011 in coach Will Muschamp’s first season. But the Gators have become one of the nation’s best teams behind a stout defense, RB Mike Gillislee, and the surprising development of QB Jeff Driskel.


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