Florida State took firm hold of second place in the Bowl Championship Series standings behind top-ranked Alabama and grabbed the inside track to the national-championship game.

The Seminoles also were in second last week, but seemed likely to get passed by Oregon if the Ducks could have remained unbeaten. But Stanford defeated Oregon 26-20 in a Pac-12 showdown Thursday, which helped Florida State.

The Seminoles (.9619 BCS average) are a solid second behind Alabama (.9958) in the USA Today coaches poll and Harris poll, and second in the computer rankings.

Third-place Ohio State, fourth-place Stanford and fifth-place Baylor each moved up one spot in the BCS standings and Oregon dropped from third to sixth.

BCS standings
Team (previous rank) Avg.
1. Alabama (1) .9958
2. Florida St. (2) .9619
3. Ohio St. (4) .8926
4. Stanford (5) .8689
5. Baylor (6) .8618
6. Oregon (3) .7665
7. Auburn (9) .7206
8. Clemson (7) .7200
9. Missouri (8) .7118
10. South Carolina (12) .5584
11. Texas A&M (15) .5473
12. Oklahoma St. (14) .4671
13. UCLA (19) .4548
14. Fresno St. (16) .4317
15. N. Illinois (18) .3505
16. Michigan St. (17) .3417
17. Central Florida (21) .3411
18. Oklahoma (10) .2926
19. Arizona St. (22) .2833
20. Louisville (20) .2806
21. Louisiana St. (13) .2757
22. Wisconsin (24) .2612
23. Miami (11) .1471
24. Texas .1092
25. Georgia .0857
Standings are based on an average of the USA Today coaches poll, Harris poll and computer rankings.

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