Notes: Alabama, Florida top first BCS

The Gators are No. 3 in the polls, but rated best by the computer rankings.
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The Gators are No. 3 in the polls, but rated best by the computer rankings.

Alabama and Florida are at the top of the season’s first Bowl Championship Series standings, making another all-SEC top two, with Oregon and Kansas State close behind the Gators.

The Crimson Tide in first was no surprise. Alabama was an overwhelming No. 1 in both polls used in the BCS formula.

Florida being second was less anticipated. The Gators are No. 3 in the polls, but rated best by the computer rankings. That gave them a slight edge over Oregon and Kansas State when the numbers were crunched. Florida’s BCS average is .9092. Oregon’s is .8993 and Kansas State’s is .8963.


Notre Dame was fifth and not too far back at .8774.

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Despite the strong showing by the Southeastern Conference, another all-SEC national championship game is still a long shot. Oregon’s schedule is backloaded with strong opponents and the Ducks will likely be able to close the gap in the computers if they keep winning.

The Ducks play Arizona State (5-1) on Thursday and still have games against Southern California and Oregon State left, and a possible Pac-12 title game.

Florida has some tough games left, too, starting Saturday against South Carolina.

The top five in the AP poll was rearranged for a second straight week, with Florida, Kansas State, and Notre Dame moving up in the rankings. Alabama and Oregon hold the top two spots for a fourth straight week.


The changes came behind them, where the Gators move up one spot to No. 3, and the fourth-ranked Wildcats and fifth-ranked Fighting Irish both jump two places.

The shuffling comes after a second straight Saturday in which multiple top-five teams lost. South Carolina fell, 23-21, at LSU Saturday night and dropped from No. 3 to No. 9. West Virginia slid from No. 5 to No. 17 after getting routed, 49-14, at Texas Tech.

The Red Raiders moved into the rankings at No. 18.

ND’s Golson has concussion

Notre Dame has used two quarterbacks in almost every game this season. It could be a different duo against Brigham Young on Saturday.

Everett Golson sustained a concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit late in the fourth quarter against Stanford, but Irish coach Brian Kelly thinks the starting quarterback will be able to play against the Cougars. Golson still had some concussion symptoms Sunday, and will undergo further tests Monday, Kelly said.


Kelly expects Golson to be cleared to practice by Tuesday. But if he can’t play, the coach said Tommy Rees and Andrew Hendrix could see time.

‘‘I wouldn’t rule it out,’’ Kelly said. ‘‘But as I said earlier, we’re probably putting too much on this. We’re really confident that we think Everett is going to be cleared.’’

So far this season, Golson and Rees have provided the Irish (6-0) with an unbeatable 1-2 punch, although not a knockout punch.

They had just enough to get by in a 3-point win over Purdue, a 7-point win against Michigan, and the 20-13 overtime victory against Stanford. Rees also made a cameo start against Miami and Hendrix played against Navy.

Minnesota coach said to be OK

Minnesota coach Jerry Kill was released from the hospital one day after he had a seizure in the locker room after a loss to Northwestern. University physician Pat Smith issued a statement saying Kill has been treated and is ‘‘in excellent health.’’ Kill has never missed a game because of seizures and Smith said the coach plans to be back in the office Monday . . . Stephen Morris has a sprained left ankle, and Miami is preparing for Ryan Williams to be the starting quarterback for Saturday’s game against No. 12 Florida State. X-rays of Morris’s ankle showed no fracture, Miami coach Al Golden said. Golden also said it’s not a high ankle sprain, which typically takes several weeks to heal . . . Auburn coach Gene Chizik said he hasn’t made a decision on who will start at quarterback against Vanderbilt. Clint Moseley got his first start in Saturday’s 41-20 loss at Mississippi. Kiehl Frazier started the first five games but was benched in the second half against Arkansas.