Florida, Alabama and Texas hold the top three spots in the first BCS standings and control their fates in the national championship race.
The Gators (.988) are in first, just ahead of the Crimson Tide (.952). Texas (.891) is third.
Boise State (.808) is fourth, but the Broncos still seem to be a long shot to play for a national championship.
Florida is No. 1 in the two polls used by the Bowl Championship Series — the USA Today coaches' poll and Harris poll — and rated highest by the computers. The polls make up two-thirds of a BCS grade and a compilation of six computer ratings accounts for the other third.
Alabama is second in all the components. Texas is third in the two polls and sixth in the computer ratings.
With the strength of their remaining schedules, the Gators, Tide and Longhorns just need to win out to reach the BCS title game on Jan. 7 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., according to BCS analyst Jerry Palm.
Alabama and Florida would play each other in the Southeastern Conference championship game if each remains undefeated.
In the first 11 years of the BCS, the top two teams in the first standings have reached the title game once. Texas and Southern California did it in 2005 season. Overall, 10 of the 22 teams that were ranked first or second in the first standings made it all the way to the championship game.
That would seem to be good news for unbeaten Boise State, but the Broncos have other problems.
"The national championship is not realistic for them," Palm said. "They're going to get passed. Their support in the polls is eroding each week."
Palm said fifth-place Cincinnati, sixth-place Iowa, both unbeaten, and seventh-place Southern California, which has lost a game, are all in position to pass the Broncos if they keep winning because those three teams play tougher schedules the rest of the way.
Boise State, from the Western Athletic Conference, does not have another ranked team on its schedule.
Alabama jumps Florida
After a steady climb, Alabama has reached the top of the AP poll. The Crimson Tide jumped Florida and landed at No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 on Sunday.
The unbeaten Gators had been in the top spot since the pre-season, but the Crimson Tide have been gaining ground for weeks by winning more convincingly than the Gators.
The final surge came after Alabama beat South Carolina 20-6 and Florida needed a field goal in the waning seconds to beat Arkansas 23-20 at home.
The Crimson Tide, which received 10 first-place votes last week, got 39 out of 59 from the media panel. Florida received the other 20 first-place votes.
Three EKU players honored
Three Eastern Kentucky players have been singled out for their play in the Colonels' 31-25 win over Tennessee-Martin on Saturday.
Senior Garnett Phelps was named Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Week. Sophomore defensive back Patrick McClellan was named OVC Defensive Player of the Week, and redshirt freshman T.J. Pryor earned OVC Newcomer of the Week honors.
Phelps had career highs with seven receptions for 118 yards. McClellan had seven tackles, two interceptions and recovered a fumble on a muffed punt. Pryor completed 19 of 33 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns.
Around the nation
South Carolina: Coach Steve Spurrier said he doesn't think receiver Moe Brown will be cleared to play next Saturday after suffering a concussion against Alabama.
Brown was carted off the field on a stretcher and taken to a hospital. He flew home from Tuscaloosa, Ala., with the team. The Gamecocks play Vanderbilt on Saturday.
West Virginia: Coach Bill Stewart said quarterback Jarrett Brown is day-to-day after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit. He was tackled by Marshall defensive backs Ashton Hall and Ahmed Shakoor on West Virginia's first offensive series Saturday.