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A look at the most significant notes to come from this week’s BCS Rankings:

Stanford’s decline

Stanford dropped from No. 4 to No. 9 with its loss to USC, the biggest drop of any school this week.

The Cardinal are ranked in the top 10 in each of the first five BCS standings releases for the second time in school history.

They were ranked in the top 10 in each standings in 2011.

Five straight for Alabama

Alabama is No. 1 in the first five BCS standings for the first time in school history. This is the 15th week that Alabama is No. 1, tied for second-most of any team.

Alabama now as 10 wins as the No. 1 team, third-most all-time. Oklahoma and USC lead with 12 such wins.

No. 2 Florida State and No. 3 Ohio State stayed in the same positions.

Ohio State is ranked in the top 3 in consecutive weeks for the first time since the final two weeks of the 2007 season.

Looking ahead: Oklahoma State vs. Baylor

Saturday night’s game between No. 10 Oklahoma State and No. 4 Baylor will be the fourth matchup of BCS top-10 Big 12 teams in the last five seasons. If recent history is any indication, it should be a blowout – the victory margin in the previous three meetings was an average of 35 points per game.

Unbeaten and unrecognized

Fresno State and Northern Illinois are both undefeated but have not risen above No. 14 this season. No team that was undefeated at the time of the final standings finished worse than 12th in the rankings (Marshall was 12-0 and No. 12 in 1999).

Welcome back

No. 24 Ole Miss is ranked ranked in the BCS for the first time since Nov. 22, 2009, when it was No. 25. This is its highest ranking since it was No. 19 in the final rankings of 2003.

No. 25 Minnesota is ranked in the BCS for the first time since Oct. 26, 2008, when it was No. 17.