Florida State is back in second place in the Bowl Championship Series standings, edging past Oregon behind first-place Alabama.

The Seminoles’ lead over the Ducks is thin and their stay at No. 2 could be short again.

Third-place Oregon plays at fifth-place Stanford on Thursday night and many BCS observers believe a victory would lift the Ducks back into second.

Florida State and Oregon have exchanged positions in the BCS standings the last two weeks.

The top two in the final standings play in the BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 6 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

Note

• Miami running back Duke Johnson will miss the rest of the season because of a broken right ankle suffered in Saturday’s 41-14 loss at Florida State.

BCS standings
Team (previous rank) Avg.
1. Alabama (1) .9797
2. Florida St. (3) .9525
3. Oregon (2) .9435
4. Ohio St. (4) .8720
5. Stanford (5) .7930
6. Baylor (6) .7745
7. Clemson (8) .7277
8. Missouri (9) .6890
9. Auburn (11) .6686
10. Oklahoma (10) .6084
11. Miami (7) .5246
12. South Carolina (14) .5111
13. Louisiana St. (13) .4525
14. Oklahoma St. (18) .4395
15. Texas A&M (12) .4365
16. Fresno St. (16) .3675
17. Michigan St. (22) .3394
18. N. Illinois (17) .3169
19. UCLA (20) .2904
20. Louisville (19) .2510
21. Central Florida (23) .2151
22. Arizona St. .1770
23. Notre Dame (25) .1662
24. Wisconsin (24) .1288
25. Texas Tech (15) .0986
Standings are based on an average of the USA Today coaches poll, Harris poll and computer rankings.