Florida State and Ohio State are in position to play for the BCS national championship, though Auburn and Missouri are close enough in the BCS standings to put pressure on the Buckeyes.
The Seminoles grabbed the top spot in the BCS standings released Sunday after Alabama relinquished it for the first time this season.
The Crimson Tide’s wild 34-28 loss at Auburn dropped Alabama to fourth. Ohio State is second and Auburn is third. Missouri is fifth.
Auburn and Missouri play in the Southeastern Conference championship game Saturday in Atlanta. The winner should get a boost in the standings, but it might not be enough to catch the unbeaten Buckeyes.
Ohio State (12-0) faces Michigan State, 10th in the standings, in the Big Ten championship game Saturday in Indianapolis.
Florida State is first in both the USA Today coaches’ poll and Harris poll, and rated No. 1 in the compilation of six computer rankings used in the standings.
The Seminoles’ .9948 BCS average makes them a lock to get to the title game in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 6 if they can beat Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game Saturday.
The Buckeyes (.9503) are second in the polls and second in the computers. Auburn (.9233) is third in each. Missouri (.8428) is fifth in each. But each of those SEC Tigers is 11-1. Ohio State is riding a 24-game winning streak.
Wyoming fires coach
Dave Christensen was fired as Wyoming’s football coach Sunday after the Cowboys lost five of their last six games this season.
He coached Wyoming for five years, taking the Cowboys to two bowl games. Wyoming finished 5-7 after starting 4-2, ending the season with a 35-7 loss to Utah State on Saturday.
Florida assistants let go
Florida has fired offensive coordinator Brent Pease and offensive line coach Tim Davis after the program’s first losing season since 1979.
Pease and Davis were let go Sunday, a day after the Gators (4-8) ended the season with a 37-7 loss to rival Florida State.
|1. Florida St. (12-0)||1||2617||.9970||1||1546||.9974||1||.990||.9948||2|
|2. Ohio St. (12-0)||2||2488||.9478||2||1462||.9432||2||.960||.9503||3|
|3. Auburn (11-1)||3||2422||.9227||3||1437||.9271||3||.920||.9233||4|
|4. Alabama (11-1)||4||2262||.8617||4||1333||.8600||4||.840||.8539||1|
|5. Missouri (11-1)||5||2231||.8499||5||1315||.8484||5||.830||.8428||5|
|6. Oklahoma St. (10-1)||6||2083||.7935||6||1248||.8052||9||.690||.7629||7|
|7. Stanford (10-2)||7||1873||.7135||10||1034||.6671||7||.740||.7069||8|
|8. South Carolina (10-2)||8||1841||.7013||t7||1100||.7097||8||.700||.7037||10|
|9. Baylor (10-1)||9||1778||.6773||t7||1100||.7097||12||.600||.6623||9|
|10. Michigan St. (11-1)||10||1758||.6697||9||1037||.6690||11||.620||.6529||11|
|11. Arizona St. (10-2)||13||1277||.4865||13||765||.4935||6||.770||.5833||12|
|12. Oregon (10-2)||12||1398||.5326||12||843||.5439||13||.520||.5321||13|
|13. Clemson (10-2)||11||1444||.5501||11||853||.5503||14||.460||.5201||6|
|14. N. Illinois (12-0)||15||1104||.4206||18||547||.3529||10||.670||.4812||14|
|15. LSU (9-3)||14||1258||.4792||14||720||.4645||17||.320||.4213||17|
|16. UCF (10-1)||18||967||.3684||17||572||.3690||16||.420||.3858||19|
|17. Oklahoma (9-2)||16||1041||.3966||15||660||.4258||17||.320||.3808||18|
|18. UCLA (9-3)||19||779||.2968||19||473||.3052||15||.450||.3506||22|
|19. Louisville (10-1)||17||1013||.3859||16||625||.4032||28||.000||.2630||20|
|20. Duke (10-2)||20||620||.2362||20||402||.2594||21||.180||.2252||24|
|21. Wisconsin (9-3)||21||485||.1848||21||266||.1716||20||.240||.1988||15|
|22. Georgia (8-4)||25||148||.0564||27||41||.0265||19||.260||.1143||NR|
|23. Fresno St. (10-1)||22||428||.1630||22||215||.1387||28||.000||.1006||16|
|24. Texas A&M (8-4)||23||290||.1105||25||121||.0781||23||.110||.0995||21|
|25. Texas (8-3)||24||167||.0636||24||149||.0961||25||.040||.0666||NR|