Florida, No. 4 in BCS, sees slim title shot

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida got two pieces of help it needed on Saturday to get back into the hunt for a spot in the BCS National Championship Game.

The Gators need two more -- and a victory over Florida State.

UF (10-1) moved up to No. 4 in the latest BCS standings because of losses by Oregon and Kansas State. The Gators are behind No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia and just need to move up two spots to get a chance to play for the school’s fourth national title.

The easiest scenario for that to happen would be for Southern California to beat Notre Dame on Saturday and Alabama to beat Georgia in the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 1 (provided, of course, Bama beats Auburn and Georgia beats Georgia Tech this week). The Gators -- if they beat the Noles on Saturday -- would then likely move into the No. 2 spot in the final standings.

That would set up an all-SEC title game for the second year in a row, something which seems to be causing a lot of backlash among fans. But it remains to be seen whether the voters in the Harris Interactive and USA Today coaches’ polls -- two-thirds of the BCS formula -- would take that into consideration and drop the Gators to prevent that from happening.

UF has been ranked high in the computer polls (No. 2 in the latest standings) after playing one of the nation’s toughest schedules. That won’t change if the Gators beat the Noles, because that would give UF four victories over teams ranked in the BCS top 12.