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Florida Gators football remain No. 4 in BCS standings

The BCS shakeup that Florida fans may have anticipated didn't materialize Sunday night.

In the latest BCS standings, Florida (10-1) remained at No. 4, while Oklahoma (10-1) leaped two positions to No. 3 but remained behind Texas (10-1), which moved up to No. 2.

Alabama (11-0) remained atop the poll.

Oklahoma's 65-21 thrashing of then-No. 2 Texas Tech on Saturday night wasn't enough to move the Sooners ahead of idle Texas, a team Oklahoma lost to this season. There had been speculation the Gators would move up to No. 3 after the Oklahoma win, ahead of Texas, but UF's 70-19 win over Division I-AA Citadel did little to improve its computer rankings. Florida is No. 3 in the USA Today coaches poll and No. 2 in the Harris Interactive poll, but its average computer ranking is No. 6.

With its showdown with arch­rival Florida State this week, Florida coach Urban Meyer refused to discuss the BCS standings and what this week's rankings might mean for the Gators' chances to play for a national title. After all, a loss to FSU or to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 6 would end any title hopes.

"There will be no discussion about national titles, and there will be no discussions about Alabama," Meyer said. "There will be discussions about playing a team that's probably one of the most improved teams in the country (FSU) and playing very well from what I saw (Saturday) night. I sat down and watched that and to go in that stadium and play like that (at Maryland), that caught everybody's attention. Our focus is real clear."

Although Texas remained ahead of Oklahoma, the odds seem to favor the Sooners.

"This was a good week for Oklahoma," said Jerry Palm, an independent BCS analyst and blogger. "It wasn't really to be expected that they'd catch Texas this week."

Texas is close behind Oklahoma in both polls but has the second-best computer rating. The Longhorns' BCS average is .9209 out of a possible 1.000.

Oklahoma is at .9125. But the Sooners visit Oklahoma State on Saturday, and if they win, it should boost their computer score and sway a few voters.

Texas plays Texas A&M on Thanksgiving, which will weigh down its strength of schedule.

"I don't think this week was good news for Texas," Palm said. "Oklahoma can only get better in all three parts of the formula and Texas can't."

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

FAST FACTS

BCS Top 5

Ranking with BCS avg. points:

1. Alabama .9872

2. Texas .9209

3. Oklahoma .9125

4. Florida .8755

5. Southern Cal .7974

Florida Gators football remain No. 4 in BCS standings 11/23/08 [Last modified: Friday, November 28, 2008 7:20pm]

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