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Alabama defensive back Vinnie Sunseri intercepts a pass during the first quarter against Missouri on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, in Columbia, Mo. (AP)

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By The Associated Press
Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, 9:04 p.m.

Alabama and Florida are atop the season's first BCS standings, making it yet another all-SEC top two. But Oregon and Kansas State aren't far behind.

The Crimson Tide in first was no surprise. Alabama is an overwhelming No. 1 in both polls used in the BCS formula.

Florida in second was less anticipated. The Gators are No. 3 in the polls but rated best by the computer rankings. That gave them a slight edge on Oregon and Kansas State when the numbers were crunched. Florida's BCS average is .9092. Oregon's is .8993, and Kansas State's is .8963. Notre Dame is fifth, not too far back at .8774.

Despite the strong showing by the conference, another all-SEC championship game is a long shot. Oregon's schedule is backloaded, and the Ducks likely will be able to close the gap in the computers if they keep winning.

The Ducks play Arizona State on Thursday (5-1) and still have games against Southern Cal and Oregon State and a possible Pac-12 title game. Florida has some tough games left, too, starting Saturday against South Carolina.

Teams with one loss, such as sixth-place LSU, seventh-place South Carolina, ninth-place Oklahoma and 10th-place Southern Cal, are still in the race. Oregon State is in eighth, the lowest rated of the unbeaten teams.

This is safe to say: If Alabama keeps winning, the Tide will play for its second straight BCS title and third in four seasons.

Alabama has never been first in the initial standings. Seven times since the BCS was implemented in 1998, the team that was first in the initial standings played in the title game. Seven times the team that started second played for the title. And only twice has neither of the teams that was in the top two spots reached the title game.

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