Georgia Tech moved up one spot to No. 11 in the BCS standings released Sunday night.
Florida, Alabama and Texas remained Nos. 1, 2 and 3 for the second consecutive week. Iowa, USC and TCU moved up two spots to Nos. 4, 5 and 6. No. 7 Boise State and No. 8 Cincinnati dropped two spots each. LSU remained No. 9. Oregon and the Jackets each moved up a spot with Miami dropping out of the 10 spot following its 40-37 overtime loss to Clemson.
Georgia Tech is the highest ranked ACC school. The Yellow Jackets, No. 13 Virginia Tech and No. 19 are the only three conference schools ranked. The SEC leads all leagues with five members ranked. South Carolina (No. 22) and Ole Miss (No. 25) filled out the lower part of the list.
There are several games next weekend that could have an impact on the standings: Florida will play Georgia in Jacksonville, Texas will play at No. 14 Oklahoma State and USC will play at Oregon.
The top two teams in the final BCS standings will play for the national championship. This year's title game will be played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Florida defeated Oklahoma, 24-14, to win last year's title in Miami.
This was the second in a series of seven polls the BCS will release, the last one on Dec. 6 setting up the national championship game.
The BCS standings formula has three components that carry equal weight: the USA Today Coaches Poll, the Harris Interactive College Football Poll and an average of six computer rankings (Anderson & Hester, Colley Matrix, Jeff Sagarin, Kenneth Massey, Peter Wolfe and Richard Billingsley). The Associated Press poll crowns its own champion.
Tech (7-1) stayed at No. 11 in the AP poll for the second consecutive week and moved up two spots to 11 in the coaches poll. The Jackets defeated Virginia 34-9 on Saturday in Charlottesville.
Unless a conference's champion rises to either Nos. 1 or 2 in the final BCS standings, each conference is contractually obligated to play in certain bowls. The ACC champion plays in the Orange, the SEC in the Sugar, the Big 12 in the Fiesta and the Big Ten and Pac-10 in the Rose.
Florida and Alabama may meet in the SEC Championship game in Atlanta on Dec. 5 in what could be a pre-emptive national championship game.
This week's poll included four team from the Pac-10, three from the Big 10 and Big East, two from the Big 12 and Mountain West, two from other conferences and one independent, Notre Dame (No. 23).
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