CBSSports crunches the numbers: Clemson No. 2 to Alabama in 'BCS Standings'

Tigers enjoy a narrow edge over Stanford, Oregon in unofficial version

Clemson's Dabo Swinney points toward Tiger fans staying to celebrate a 49-14 win over Syracuse at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York. Clemson's Daniel Rodriguez, right, four years earlier from the game day, was in a hospital from injuries serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, in the Battle of Kamdesh. Rodriguez received a Purple Heart for his heroics for the battle that started on October 3, 2009. He caught a pass in the game against Syracuse.

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Clemson's Dabo Swinney points toward Tiger fans staying to celebrate a 49-14 win over Syracuse at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York. Clemson's Daniel Rodriguez, right, four years earlier from the game day, was in a hospital from injuries serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, in the Battle of Kamdesh. Rodriguez received a Purple Heart for his heroics for the battle that started on October 3, 2009. He caught a pass in the game against Syracuse.

The first version of the final BCS Standings won't be released until Sunday, Oct. 20 - the day after Clemson's clash with Florida State at Death Valley.

For now, however, the numbers look good for the Tigers.

Clemson is ranked No. 2 to Alabama in CBSSports.com's BCS rankings this week. The 'unofficial' version incorporates all the available elements that will be used in two weeks to establish the BCS pecking order.

The Crimson Tide has a wide lead on the field with its 0.9798 rating. Clemson (.8869) has a slight edge over third-place Stanford (.8849) and No. 4 Oregon (.8760), and a larger margin over Ohio State (.8221), Florida State (.8195) and Georgia (.7626), which hold the 5-7 positions.

Clemson has an average computer ranking of 3.5, with a high of No. 2 by Anderson-Hester and a low of No. 5 by Richard Billingsley. The Tigers are ranked third in the Harris Interactive poll behind Alabama and Oregon.

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