There was some movement, albeit not at the very top, in the BCS Standings heading into this weekend's slate of Rivalry Week games.
Alabama on the verge
Alabama is about to reach and surpass a couple of notable BCS milestones if it can get one more win.
Alabama is in the top three for the 37th week, tied with Oklahoma for the most all-time.
This Saturday’s Iron Bowl between Alabama and No. 4 Auburn will be the first time these teams have met when both ranked in the top five of the BCS. It is only the fourth time they will play each other as BCS-ranked foes. Auburn has actually won two of the previous three meetings.
The Buckeyes are ranked in the top-3 in three consecutive weeks for the first time since they were No. 1 the first four weeks of the 2007 season.
Auburn jumped two spots to No. 4, its highest BCS ranking since it was No. 1 in the final standings of 2010. The only other season it was ranked in the top five with two weeks or less remaining was in 2004 when it was ranked No. 3.
Missouri got a three-spot bump from No. 8 to No. 5. This is the second time in school history that the Tigers are ranked in the top 10 in six straight BCS standings. They also had a six-week run in 2007.
Oklahoma State also jumped three spots, from No. 10 to No. 7. It is the school’s highest ranking since the final standings of 2011 when it was No. 3.
Baylor, Oregon drop
Baylor slipped five spots, from No. 4 to No. 9. Its 49-17 loss to Oklahoma State was the third-largest by a BCS top-four team.
Oregon also plummeted from No. 5 to No. 13.
Oregon had been in the top 10 in 32 straight weeks, the longest active streak and six standings shy of the longest all-time streak set by USC from 2002-06.
The importance of NIU’s jump
Northern Illinois jumped from No. 16 to No. 14. This is its second-highest BCS ranking (only bettered by a No. 10 in 2003).
A non-automatic qualifying (non-AQ) school is guaranteed a BCS Bowl berth if it is in the top 16 and ranked ahead of a champion of a BCS conference in the final standings; or is ranked in the top 12 of the final standings.
However, no more than one such team from the non-AQ group shall earn an automatic berth in any year, unless non-AQ teams finish both No. 1 and No. 2 in the final BCS Standings.
No. 24 Duke is ranked in the BCS Standings for the first time in school history.
Looking ahead: Rivalry games
Michigan is playing a top-3 BCS Ohio State team for the fourth time, but it’s the first time it will be unranked in such a matchup. Ohio State has won two of the three previous games (2002 and 2006); Michigan’s win came in 2003.
Saturday’s Florida-Florida State game will be the second time that Florida takes on a BCS top-two Florida State team. The Seminoles won the only other such matchup -- in 1999, No. 1 Florida State defeated No. 4 Florida 30-23.
It will be the third time an unranked Florida team plays a BCS-ranked Florida State team. The teams split the previous two meetings, with Florida beating No. 8 Florida State in 2004 and No. 22 Florida State beating Florida in 2010.