Mock BCS Standings rate Alabama, Oregon, Clemson 1-2-3

Florida State also in the top five heading into showdown game against Clemson

Clemson's Shaq Lawson and Quandon Christian line up during the first quarter at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C.

Photo by Ken Ruinard

Clemson's Shaq Lawson and Quandon Christian line up during the first quarter at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C.

At the midway point of the season and with a week to go before the release of the first official BCS Standings, almost all the essential pieces are in place to determine college football's national championship picking order.

Oregon moved past Clemson into second place in the mock BCS standings released Sunday by CBSSports.com, while the Ducks also held the No. 2 spot,a position ahead of Clemson, in similar standings produced by ESPN.

Florida State is in the top five of both versions - No. 4 according to CBSSports and No. 5 according to ESPN. Ohio State holds the No. 4 spot in the ESPN version, while the Buckeyes are No. 5 according to ESPN.

Clemson is ranked third in composite of four computer ratings used in the official BCS Standings (one more will be added to the mix next week). In the human polls used by the BCS, Clemson is ranked third by Harris Interactive and fourth in the USA Today Coaches' Poll.

Massey's consensus of more than 75 computer models shows Clemson running fourth behind Alabama, Oregon and Florida State, with LSU fifth.

Oregon has more first-place computer ratings than any other team, 30; while Florida State has 23 No. 1 rankings and Alabama has 19. Clemson is rated No. 1 in six of the computer models - Roundtable, CSL, MJS, Wilson, Welch and Bobcat.

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