A look at the most significant notes to come from this week’s BCS Rankings:
Stanford gets a one-spot bump, Ducks slip from 3 to 6
Stanford beat Oregon on Thursday and was rewarded with a one-spot jump in the rankings from No. 5 to No. 4. The No. 4 rank matches Stanford’s best BCS ranking ever (done twice in 2010 and four times in 2011).
This is the first time in school history Stanford is ranked in the BCS top-5 in three straight weeks.
Saturday’s game between 4 Stanford and USC (8 p.m. ET on ABC) will be just the second time Stanford will play the Trojans as a ranked BCS team. The other came in 2011 in a very memorable game (and similar situation): No. 6 Stanford defeated a BCS-unranked USC team, 56-48, in triple OT.
Meanwhile, Oregon dropped from No. 3 to No. 6.
This is the first time the Ducks have been ranked outside the top five since they were ninth on November 27, 2011.
Oregon maintained its streak of 31 straight top-10 appearances dating back to the 2009 season.
Four straight for Alabama
Alabama is No. 1 in the first four BCS standings for the second straight year.
Most Weeks in Top BCS Top 2
The only other team to be ranked No. 1 in the first four releases in back-to-back years was Ohio State in 2006 and 2007.
This is the 31st time Alabama has been in the top 2, moving past Oklahoma for the most all-time.
It was also a good week for the SEC, which now has four top-10 teams for the first time this season. Last year the SEC had at least 4 top-10 teams ranked in every BCS standings.
The SEC also has seven teams ranked in the standings for the first time this season. It is the ninth time the SEC has had seven teams in the BCS standings. The only other conference to have seven teams in the standings in any single week is the Big 12, which did it the first standings of last year.
Seminoles in top two, again
This is the third time Florida State has been ranked in the top two in consecutive weeks. It also happened in 1999, when it was No. 1 in every standings en route to its national championship, and when it was No. 2 for three straight weeks from Oct. 19 to Dec. 3, 2000.
Florida State’s 56-point win over Wake Forest on Saturday was its largest win as a BCS-ranked team and the largest by any BCS-ranked ACC school.
Good week to be a Bulldog
Fresno State moved up from No. 16 to No. 14, its highest ranking in school history.
The Bulldogs are the first team from a non-automatic qualifying conference to be ranked in the top-16 in 3 straight weeks since Boise State was ranked in the final three standings of 2011.