Posted on November 17, 2013 at 8:57 PM
Alabama and Florida State remained in the top two spots in this week's BCS standings, while Baylor moved up to No. 4 and is nipping on the heels of No. 3 Ohio State.
Baylor, which beat Texas Tech to improve to 9-0 on Saturday, sits a microscopic .0013 behind of the Buckeyes in the BCS average.
Last week, the gap between the teams was .0308.
No. 2 Florida State also closed the gap on No. 1 Alabama by about 25 percent, but both teams are comfortably positioned ahead of the other contenders in the two spots that earn a berth in the VIZIO BCS National Championship.
Alabama slogged through a 20-7 win at Mississippi State while Florida State crushed Syracuse 59-3.
Florida State and Ohio State are both 10-0, but the Seminoles lead the Buckeyes by .0792, leaving little doubt that if the two front-runners win the rest of their games, they will play for the national title.
After Baylor, the next four teams in the standings also all moved up one spot after Stanfordlost its second game of the year and dropped five spots to No. 9.
No. 5 Oregon is now the top one-loss team, followed closely by No. 6 Auburn, No. 7Clemson and No. 8 Missouri.
Stanford needed a boost from the computers to remain in the top 10 after losing to USC on Saturday night. The Cardinal were ranked 11th in the Harris Poll and 12th in the USA Today poll, but they had the eighth-best computer ranking.
No. 23 USC moved into the standings for the first time this year, a feat that seemed unlikely when coach Lane Kiffin was fired in September. Interim coach Ed Orgeron has gone 5-1 in charge of the Trojans since.
Oklahoma State moved up two spots to No. 10 ahead of this Saturday's showdown with Baylor.