A memorable weekend of upsets and upheaval in college football was capped off by another shocking surprise as Florida State found itself in the second spot when the first Bowl Championship Seriesrankings were announced Sunday night.

The BCS rankings take into account the USA Today coaches’ poll, the Harris Poll, and an average of six computer rankings.

The Seminoles (.9348) were .0028 points better than Oregon (.9320), which defeated WashingtonState 62-38. Alabama took the top spot with a .9841 average.

It was the highest BCS ranking for the 'Noles since since Dec. 3, 2000. 

Florida State, which was coming off an impressive 51-14 win over then-No. 3 Clemson Saturday night, was ranked third in the coaches and Harris polls, but FSU was No. 1 in the computer rankings while the Ducks were fourth.

Ohio State (.8553) was fourth followed by Missouri (.8219), which moved up to the top five after impressive wins over Georgia and Florida. The Tigers were only ranked sixth in the Harris and seventh in coaches’ poll, but the computers had them third, which bumped them into the top five. 

The BCS ranking put to end a wild weekend that saw five top 10 teams lose on the same day for the first time since September 2007.  

Stanford (.7414) was sixth while Miami (.7200) was fifth. It was the highest BCS ranking for the Hurricanes since 2005. The ‘Canes were ranked No. 7 in Harris, No. 6 in coaches and No. 10 in computer rankings.

The Baylor Bears (.7120) was eighth followed by Clemson (.6249) and Texas Tech (.6220) to round out the top 10. 

Fresno State was No. 17 while Northern Illinois was No. 18. The Huskies were BCS Buster last season and are looking to do it again. To do so, either team needs to finish in the top 16 and be ranked ahead of an automatic qualifying champion (like Louisville or UCF for instance).

After its impressive 38-35 win over then-No. 8 Louisville, UCF found itself at No. 23 in the rankings with a .1394 average. The Knights were ranked 25th in the Harris and coaches’ polls while the computers had them ranked 19th. The Cardinal were ranked No. 20 despite the loss thanks, in part, because of a strong showing in the Harris (16) and coaches' (16) polls. 

This is the final year of the BCS with the new four-team College Football Playoffs set to kick off in 2014. Under the new format, a 13-member selection committee will rank the teams that will qualify for the playoff as well as the remaining 21 teams. 


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