published Monday, October 15th, 2012

The Crimson Tide tops Bowl Championship Series

Alabama running back Blake Sims runs with the ball during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Missouri Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, in Columbia, Mo. Alabama won 42-10
Alabama running back Blake Sims runs with the ball during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Missouri Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, in Columbia, Mo. Alabama won 42-10
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

BCS STANDINGS

1. Alabama

2. Florida

3. Oregon

4. Kansas State

5. Notre Dame

6. LSU

7. South Carolina

8. Oregon State

9. Oklahoma

10. Southern Cal

Alabama led a parade of Southeastern Conference teams in Sunday night's first installment of the Bowl Championship Series standings, with Florida coming in at No. 2 and six league teams occupying the top 12 positions.

The Crimson Tide were expected to head the list, having resided atop the USA Today coaches poll since their 41-14 opening rout of Michigan. Alabama also remained No. 1 in the Harris poll after improving to 6-0 with Saturday's 42-10 win at Missouri.

All six of Alabama's victories have come by at least 19 points.

"We have a young team, and I think the most important thing for our team to do is continue to develop the kind of team chemistry to play with consistency," Alabama coach Nick Saban said Sunday night on ESPN's "BCS Countdown" show. "I think we've played extremely well at times but not as well as we need to at times, and I think consistency in performance is the most important thing in having a chance to improve and stay where you want to be in this BCS race."

Saban said junior quarterback AJ McCarron, who leads the SEC and ranks fifth nationally in efficiency, will be healthy for Saturday night's game at Tennessee. McCarron bruised his right knee while trying to avoid a sack in the third quarter against the Tigers and played through the soreness.

McCarron has thrown 227 consecutive passes without being intercepted.

"He didn't have a lot of swelling," Saban said, "and he'll be fine in a day or two."

Florida improved to 6-0 with a 31-17 win at Vanderbilt, and the Gators were pegged No. 2 based on wins over Texas A&M and LSU that bolstered their strength in the computer services that are used with the Harris and USA Today polls in the BCS formula. Oregon, which is No. 2 in the Harris and USA Today polls, was third in the BCS listing and followed by Kansas State and Notre Dame.

LSU was sixth and South Carolina seventh, while fellow SEC members Georgia and Mississippi State were 11th and 12th.

"The release of the first BCS weekly standings always creates great excitement for college football fans," BCS executive director Bill Hancock said. "Even though there are still almost two months to go in the regular season, everyone loves to talk about the standings and make projections for the postseason."

Alabama won last year's BCS title despite never getting to No. 1 in the BCS standings. The Tide spent most of last season right behind LSU and for a couple of weeks trailed LSU and Oklahoma State.

about David Paschall...

David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...

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