USC remained in the first-place spot over Texas. Undefeated Alabama is third, while Miami jumped from sixth to fourth. Georgia moved up two spots to ninth behind Penn State, Virginia Tech, LSU, and two-loss Ohio State.
Georgia and Alabama would play one another in the SEC Championship if they win the remainder of their games. The winner of the SEC title game plays in the BCS.
1. Southern California 0.9802
2. Texas 0.9765
3. Alabama 0.8814
4. Miami (Fla.) 0.8805
5. Penn State 0.8136
6. Virginia Tech 0.7540
7. LSU 0.6987
8. Ohio State 0.6632
9. Georgia 0.6313
To derive a team’s poll percentages in the Harris Interactive and USA Today polls, each team’s point total is divided by a maximum 2825 possible points in the Harris Interactive Poll and 1525 possible points in the USA Today Poll.
Teams are assigned an inverse point total (25 for #1, 24 for #2, etc.) for each of their respective computer poll rankings to determine the overall computer component. The highest and lowest ranking for each team is dropped, and the sum total of the remaining four rankings is divided by 100 (the maximum possible points). This figure produces a Computer Rankings Percentage. The six computer ranking providers are Anderson & Hester, Richard Billingsley, Colley Matrix, Kenneth Massey, Jeff Sagarin and Peter Wolfe. Each computer ranking accounts for schedule strength within its formula.
The BCS Average is calculated by averaging the percent totals of the Harris Interactive and USA Today Polls, and Computer rankings. The highest BCS Average receives the #1 ranking, the second highest receives #2, and so forth.