Alabama remained No. 2 behind LSU and ahead of Oklahoma State in the latest USA Today Coaches' and Associated Press college football polls.
The Cowboys cut deeply into the Crimson Tide's lead Sunday, a day after beating Oklahoma 44-10 to earn the Big 12 title while Alabama was idle.
Oklahoma State trailed Alabama 1,399 to 1,367 in points in the USA Today coaches' poll, 1,418-1,400 in the AP media poll. The Tide received 38 second-place votes in the AP rankings while the Cowboys got 22.
Last week in the AP poll, the Tide received every second-place vote and 1,440 points, while Oklahoma State received 1,259 points.
The final BCS standings will come out later Sunday. The AP poll is not used.
The coaches' poll and the Harris poll count for two-thirds of a team's BCS score.
The Harris poll was due out later Sunday.
A compilation of six computer ratings will determine the final third of a BCS score. The Sagarin ratings released early Sunday had Alabama No. 2 and Oklahoma State No. 3.
LSU is guaranteed to hold the top spot in the standings, but whether Alabama or Oklahoma State will be second is in question.
LSU (13-0) for the fourth straight was a unanimous No. 1 in the AP poll.
The Pac-12 has teams 4-6 with Stanford, Southern California and Oregon. Arkansas is No. 7, followed by Boise State, Big Ten champion Wisconsin and South Carolina.
Previously unbeaten Houston dropped from No. 7 to No. 20 after losing to Southern Mississippi.
Kansas State is No. 11, followed by Michigan State, which lost the Big Ten championship game to Wisconsin.
No. 13 is Michigan and ACC champion Clemson is 14th.
Baylor moved up four spots to No. 15.
TCU is No. 16, followed by Virginia Tech, which lost the ACC title game 38-10 to Clemson, Georgia, which was beaten 42-10 in the SEC championship game and Oklahoma at No. 19.
After Houston at No. 20, the final five are Nebraska, Southern Miss, West Virginia, Penn State and Florida State.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.