BCS standings

The second official BCS standings for the 2011 season were released on Sunday evening, and SEC rivals LSU and Alabama occupied the top two spots for the second week in a row.

Oklahoma State and Boise State moved up one spot each, while Clemson rounded out the top five.

Here is the BCS formula — how these rankings came about: Harris Interactive Poll (1/3) + USA Today Coaches’ Poll (1/3) + Computer rankings (1/3). The BCS national championship game pits the top two in the final BCS standings.

The BCS standings — Top 20

Brandon WeedenICONBrandon Weeden and the Pokes are positioned to have a shot at the BCS title if they win out.

1. LSU
2. Alabama
3. Oklahoma State
4. Boise State
5. Clemson
6. Stanford
7. Oregon
8. Kansas State
9. Oklahoma
10. Arkansas
11. Michigan State
12. Virginia Tech
13. South Carolina
14. Nebraska
15. Wisconsin
16. Texas A&M
17. Houston
18. Michigan
19. Penn State
20. Texas Tech

A few thoughts:

- The LSU-Alabama showdown in Tuscaloosa on Nov. 5 will be one of the hottest tickets in college football in a very long time. The stakes, for obvious reasons, are enormous. As things stand, it would be the first regular-season meeting between SEC teams ranked Nos. 1 and 2.

- Oklahoma State was the biggest winner from this past weekend. With Oklahoma and Wisconsin both losing, the Pokes sit at No. 3 in the BCS standings and own a nice points advantage over No. 4 Boise State. The Cowboys are No. 1 in five of the six computer rankings used in the BCS formula, No. 3 in the Harris Poll and No. 4 in the USA Today coaches’ poll.

- Stanford is having trouble impressing the voters and the computers despite clobbering Washington 65-21 on Saturday. The Cardinal remained behind Clemson but has games against strong foes USC and Oregon remaining. Stanford currently ranks eighth or worse in four of the six computer rankings.

- While Boise State could get leapfrogged, its schedule isn't daunting the rest of the way. The Broncos will get hit in the computers, but as always they're just looking to get help from other teams.

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