BCS standings: Week 9

Florida State is moving up in the world, just not up high enough to where it might matter in the national title picture.

The Seminoles are ranked No. 12 in this week’s BCS standings, which were released tonight, and Clemson inched up one spot to No. 18. In order to have a shot at two BCS bowl bids, the ACC needs Clemson to sneak into the top 14 -- the cut-off for teams to receive at-large BCS bids. The best-case scenario right now would be for Florida State to represent the league in the Discover Orange Bowl as the ACC champ, and have a one-loss Clemson team play in another BCS bowl.

It’s still a possibility and one ACC fans shouldn’t give up hope on yet, but a lot still has to happen. The only thing the ACC can do about it is hope FSU and Clemson win out, and that a few other teams ranked above them lose.

The bright side? Clemson is finally ranked ahead of West Virginia.