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Stanford's first win of the season against a ranked team helped Andrew Luck and the Cardinal move up in the latest BCS standings. Oregon dropped one position to eighth.

How is the BCS ranking calculated?

While LSU (8-0), Alabama (8-0) and Oklahoma State (8-0) remained locked into the top three spots in the standings released Sunday, Stanford moved up two places to fourth after beating Southern California 56-48 in triple overtime.

Boise State (7-0) slipped a spot to fifth, while Clemson (8-1) fell from fifth to 11th after its first loss.

LSU and Alabama will play Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Ala., for first place and the inside track to the BCS national championship game. Oklahoma State seems to be in position to win out and reach the title game in New Orleans on Jan. 9. The computer ratings have the Cowboys No. 1.

The BCS standings use the Harris poll, the coaches' poll and computer ratings to determine which teams play for the national championship.

LSU is No. 1 in both polls and Alabama is No. 2 in each. The Tigers and Crimson Tide are tied for the second-best computer rating.

Oklahoma State is No. 3 in the Harris poll and No. 4 in the coaches' poll, and Stanford is No. 4 and No. 3. But the difference between the Cowboys (.9310 BCS average) and the Cardinal (.8615) is the computer ratings.

Stanford is sixth in the computers because of a weak early season schedule. The Cardinal should be getting a boost from here on out. After a road game Saturday against Pac-12 rival Oregon State, the Cardinal play Oregon, eighth in the BCS standings, at home. They finish with California and Notre Dame at home, and could play in the Pac-12 championship, too -- probably against Arizona State.

It might not be enough to catch Oklahoma State. The Cowboys face Big 12 rival Kansas State, 14th in the BCS standings, on Saturday, have road games against Texas Tech and Iowa State, and finish with a home game against Oklahoma.

The Big 12 no longer has a championship game.

For Boise State, the formula is the same as it has always been.

The Broncos' conference schedule -- this year in the Mountain West -- presents few stiff challenges, so Boise State probably needs to go undefeated just to play in one of the four marquee bowl games. The Broncos have done that twice. To reach the national championship game for the first time, Boise State will need the teams ahead of it to lose.

In the now less relevant AP poll, the Ducks were ranked 6th.

The Top Twenty Five teams in The Associated Press expanded college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Oct. 29, points based on 25 points for a first place vote through one point for a 25th place vote, previous ranking, record vs. top 25 teams at time of game, record of opponents played, and extra points:
Vs. Opp.
Record Pts Pv T25 Rec. Extra Points
1. LSU (47) 8-0 1,439 1 5-0 38-19 No. 1 26-17-2 vs. No. 2
2. Alabama (10) 8-0 1,401 2 3-0 33-25 45-25-5 vs. Tigers
3. Oklahoma St. 8-0 1,305 3 2-0 34-21 Best start since 1945
4. Stanford 8-0 1,278 4 2-0 28-29 3-7 last 10 vs. Beavers
5. Boise St. (1) 7-0 1,241 5 1-0 31-18 3-3 vs. Rebels
6. Oregon 7-1 1,148 7 1-1 29-29 8-2 last 10
7. Oklahoma 7-1 1,096 11 3-0 37-19 18-11 vs. Aggies
8. Arkansas 7-1 1,035 8 2-1 27-30 3rd double-digit comeback
9. Nebraska 7-1 976 13 1-1 36-20 3-1 vs. Wildcats
10. South Carolina 7-1 861 14 0-0 31-26 2-7 at Arkansas
11. Clemson 8-1 851 6 3-0 43-23 GT does it again to Tigers
12. Virginia Tech 8-1 755 15 0-1 41-24 11 str road wins vs. ACC
13. Michigan 7-1 718 17 0-1 33-23 40-12-4 vs. Hawkeyes
14. Houston 8-0 611 18 0-0 27-31 Keenum career TD record
15. Michigan St. 6-2 586 9 2-1 36-20 15-6 at home vs. Gophers
16. Penn St. 8-1 553 21 0-1 41-24 JoePa 409 wins D-I record
17. Kansas St. 7-1 536 10 1-1 32-23 7-3 last 10 vs. KSU
18. Georgia 6-2 446 22 0-2 33-22 3-0 vs. NMSU Aggies
19. Wisconsin 6-2 420 12 1-1 31-26 D has another late letdown
20. Arizona St. 6-2 384 23 2-1 30-28 10-16-1 vs. Bruins
21. Southern Cal 6-2 323 20 0-1 34-22 5-0 vs. Buffaloes
22. Georgia Tech 7-2 230 NR 1-0 32-32 Leads ACC in total offense
23. Cincinnati 6-1 128 24 0-0 20-28 No. 2 rush defense in NCAA
24. West Virginia 6-2 111 25 0-1 36-23 10-2 vs. Cardinals
25. Auburn 6-3 107 NR 2-2 39-23 T25 2011-InOutInOutInOutIn

Others receiving votes: Texas 99, Southern Miss. 67, Washington 52, Ohio St. 37, TCU 26, Texas A&M 25, Florida St. 4, Notre Dame 1.

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