While LSU (8-0), Alabama (8-0) and Oklahoma State (8-0) remained locked into the top three spots in the standings released Sunday, Stanford moved up two places to fourth after beating Southern California 56-48 in triple overtime.
LSU and Alabama will play Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Ala., for first place and the inside track to the BCS national championship game.
Oklahoma State seems to be in position to win out and reach the title game in New Orleans on Jan. 9. The computer ratings have the Cowboys No. 1.
The BCS standings use the Harris poll, the coaches' poll and computer ratings to determine which teams play for the national championship.
LSU is No. 1 in both polls and Alabama is No. 2 in each. The Tigers and Crimson Tide are tied for the second-best computer rating.
Oklahoma State is No. 3 in the Harris poll and No. 4 in the coaches' poll, and Stanford is No. 4 and No. 3. But the difference between the Cowboys (.9310 BCS average) and the Cardinal (.8615) is the computer ratings.
Stanford is sixth in the computers because of a weak early season schedule. The Cardinal should be getting a boost from here on out.
After a road game Saturday against Pac-12 rival Oregon State, the Cardinal play Oregon, eighth in the BCS standings, at home. They finish with California and Notre Dame at home, and could play in the Pac-12 championship, too -- probably against Arizona State.
It might not be enough to catch Oklahoma State. The Cowboys face Big 12 rival Kansas State, 14th in the BCS standings, on Saturday, have road games against Texas Tech and Iowa State, and finish with a home game against Oklahoma.
The Big 12 no longer has a championship game.
For Boise State, the formula is the same as it has always been. The Broncos' conference schedule -- this year in the Mountain West -- presents few stiff challenges, so Boise State probably needs to go undefeated just to play in one of the four marquee bowl games. The Broncos have done that twice. To reach the national championship game for the first time, Boise State will need the teams ahead of it to lose.
No. 6 Oklahoma, No. 7 Arkansas, No. 8 Oregon, No. 9 South Carolina, and No. 10 Nebraska round out the top 10. Virginia Tech is No. 12.
Houston, the only unbeaten team outside of the top 5, is No. 13.
Kansas State fell to No. 14 after its first loss of the year.
Michigan (7-1) jumped three spots to No. 15, ahead of Big Ten rivals No. 16 Penn State and No. 17 Michigan State.
Georgia is No. 18, followed by No. 19 Arizona State and No. 20 Wisconsin.
The bottom five are No. 21 Texas, No. 22 Auburn, No. 23 Georgia Tech, No. 24 West Virginia and No. 25 Southern Miss.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.