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Alabama has been closing the gap on Florida all season and they are now within a single point of taking over number one. Any more hiccups, and Florida could be doomed to a second place finish in the BCS standings.
Other undefeated teams are moving up now with Texas, Boise State, Iowa, Cincinnati, and TCU each moving up or into the poll. This means those one losses now need help more than ever if Sports of Boston had anything to say about the BCS.
Pollsters are SoB’s Brian, Erikk, KC, Mike, and Ty and comments were gathered with the votes. The ballots are available.
|1||Florida (3)||48||1||KC says, ‘Didn’t win by enough in my book, drops them to #2.’|
|2||Alabama (2)||47||2||Erikk says, ‘Despite four turnovers and 10 penalties, the Crimson Tide rolled over South Carolina on the shoulders of Mark Ingram (246 yards, 1 TD).’|
|3||Texas||40||3||Mike says, ‘Longhorns not finding conference play as easy.’|
|4 (tie)||Boise State||25||5||Erikk, ‘A lackluster win over Tulsa does little to help BSU’s BCS hopes.’|
|4 (tie)||USC||25||5||Mike says, ‘Matt Barkeley’s missed start could mar otherwise perfect season.’|
|5||Iowa||24||10||KC says, ‘Very impressive start brings them into the Top 10.’|
|7||Cincinnati||23||–||Erikk says, ‘The Bears are undefeated, but a weak Big East schedule doesn’t help their BCS cause.’|
|8||LSU||17||7||Mike says, ‘Worthy to be in the Top 10, but it will be hard to move up with other SEC teams ahead of them.’|
|9||TCU||15||–||Erikk says, ‘Colorado State wasn’t exactly a worth opponent, but TCU blew them out, 44-6. Next week the fun begins against BYU.’|
|10||Miami (FL)||10||9||KC says, ‘Done with the impossible stretch to start the year, should finish with just one loss.’|
Others receiving votes: Georgia Tech 1
Dropped from rankings: Virginia Tech 4, Ohio State 8