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November 18, 2012

Florida State remains at No. 10 in BCS standings

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There was plenty of shakeup at the top of the BCS standings on Saturday night.

For now, that shakeup did nothing for Florida State's national championship hopes.

Despite losses from the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the BCS rankings on Saturday, the Seminoles remained at No. 10 in the BCS standings released on Sunday night.

Kansas State, ranked No. 1 in the BCS entering the weekend, lost at unranked Baylor 52-24. Oregon, the No. 2-ranked team coming into Saturday, lost to Stanford 17-14. Kansas State fell to No. 6 while Oregon fell to No. 5.

Florida, which travels to Tallahassee this weekend, moved up to No. 4. Notre Dame is ranked No. 1 followed by Alabama at No. 2 and Georgia at No. 3.

All told, five one-loss teams and two two-loss teams are ranked ahead of FSU in the latest BCS rankings.

With a 41-14 win over Maryland on Saturday, the Seminoles (10-1, 7-1) clinched its second Atlantic Division Title in three seasons and earned spot in the ACC Championship Game in Charlotte on Dec. 1. The Seminoles will either play Miami or Georgia Tech.

Florida State went 7-1 in conference play for the first time since 2003 and has a 10-1 record for the first time since 2000.

Like last week, Florida State had an average rank of No. 17 in the computer polls, which account for 1/3 of the overall BCS ranking. FSU remained unranked in one of the six computer polls (Massey), although each team's lowest poll ranking is thrown out for the average.

Florida State could see a boost with a win over the No. 4-ranked Gators next week, however.

"The question (for Florida State) is the computers," ESPN BCS expert Brad Edwards said on the network's BCS rankings show on Sunday night. "Right now they're not ranked higher than 15 in any of those computers. You know a win over Florida would be big, it's going to give them a good bump, but is it going to give them a bump into the top five? That seems a little extreme."

Florida State moved up to No. 5 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll and sits at No. 10 in the AP Poll released on Sunday.

NOTE: Check back with Warchant.com for a column on FSU's BCS situation later Sunday night.

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