NEW YORK — Alabama and Texas Tech and their perfect records were on top of the BCS standings Sunday. Texas, Florida and Oklahoma, all with one loss, are lurking and ready to take advantage if the front-runners fall.
Penn State's loss to Iowa on Saturday left the Crimson Tide and Red Raiders as the only unbeaten teams in the BCS conferences, making it easy to sort out the all-important first two places in the standings this week.
First-place Alabama (.981 average) was No. 1 in the Harris and USA Today coaches' polls. Second-place Texas Tech (.972) was a solid second in both polls and first in the computer rankings. The computers have Alabama No. 2.
Texas (.879) was third in the BCS, followed closely by Florida (.864) and Oklahoma (.844).
Sixth-place Southern California (.789) still needs a lot of help to reach the BCS national championship game Jan. 8 in Miami. Penn State (.683) dropped from third to eighth behind unbeaten Utah (.769).
Alabama and Texas Tech are still on course to meet in the BCS national title game if they stay unbeaten, though the Crimson Tide knows now that its road will go through Atlanta.
The Tide clinched the SEC West and a spot in the league title game against Florida in the Georgia Dome on Dec. 6. The game could turn into a de facto national semifinal, with the winner earning a spot in the championship game.
The computer rankings are helping Texas stay at the top of the one-loss pack. The Longhorns are fourth in the Harris poll and fifth in the coaches' poll.
WEIS PLANS CHANGE: Coach Charlie Weis plans to take a more active role with the Notre Dame offense after a 17-0 loss to Boston College.
He's not sure exactly what the role will be, although he strongly hinted he could get more involved in play-calling, a role he gave up before the season in an effort to become more of a coach to the entire team.
"I'm trying to do this head coach thing where you kind of delegate. But I think that when there's a problem and it's an area where you believe that you can be part of the answer, I think you'd better go help," he said.
Notre Dame is 5-4 a year after going 3-9.
UNC: Tight end Zack Pianalto has a broken left leg that will keep him out indefinitely. Pianalto fractured his fibula while making a touchdown catch Saturday against Georgia Tech.
OBITUARY: Auburn associate athletic director Virgil Starks died Saturday from a heart attack. He was 46.
Bulls soccer advances
TAMPA — USF senior forward Jordan Seabrook scored twice to lead the Bulls past Georgetown 2-1 in the Big East championship quarterfinals at USF Soccer Stadium.
The Bulls (12-4-2) face Notre Dame at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the second semifinal. The first game pits St. John's against DePaul at 5. The winners meet in Sunday's championship game with an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament at stake.
"I thought it was a very good win," USF coach George Kiefer said. "You have got to tip your hats to Georgetown, they made the game very difficult."
At 2:57 in the first half, junior forward Zak Boggs fed Seabrook, who scored inside the right post for a 1-0 lead.
USF went up 2-0 early in the second. Seabrook stole the ball from Mostafa Ebrahimnejad, dribbled up the middle from 20 yards out and scored past goalkeeper Mark Wilber at 46:12. It was Seabrook's team-leading fifth goal of the season.
"It feels great to get the win and advance to the semifinals," Seabrook said. "To get a big win on our home turf and to play as well as we did helps build a lot of confidence for the next round."
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