The third BCS rankings had yet another change near the top on Nov. 3. This change was somewhat predictable, as the BCS No.2 spot changed again because of an impressive win by the Florida State Seminoles. But since blowing out the then No. 7 Miami Hurricanes at home put Florida State back at No. 2, the Oregon Ducks know that beating the No. 5 Stanford Cardinal on the road on Nov. 7 will fix all that.
The Ducks had no reason to lament falling back to No. 3 in the BCS, just as the Seminoles had no real reason to celebrate. The real celebrating and lamenting will come on Nov. 7, as Oregon will either control its own destiny after beating Stanford, or put Florida State in total control by losing. Then again, Stanford will have its own case for No. 2 if it upsets Oregon, despite having one loss.
All of this could be moot if the Alabama Crimson Tide ever lose and give the Ducks, Seminoles and Cardinal more room. The Tide will have their own test this coming weekend when the No. 13 LSU Tigers visit, although the Tigers already have two losses. Regardless of the strength of schedule, the Tide should get in if they win out no matter what, even if others can’t say the same.
Here is a full list of the BCS top 10 after Nov. 3, with a great deal subject to change on Nov. 10.