Poll update: Tide sits at No. 2 in BCS standings

Nick Saban wants his players to focus on their next game rather than the national rankings, and he is pretty firm about that, too. (AP photo by Dave Martin)

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — Alabama moved up to No. 2 tonight in the Bowl Championship Series standings, and the path seems clear to a third BCS national title game in the past four seasons.

Notre Dame is first, while Georgia is third, Florida fourth and Oregon fifth.

In The Associated Press, Harris Interactive and USA Today coaches polls, Notre Dame is first, Alabama second and Georgia third. The unbeaten Irish will conclude their regular season Saturday at Southern California.

The Harris and coaches rankings each make up one-third of the BCS formula. The remaining third is a combination of six computer rankings. In the combined computer rankings, Notre Dame was first, Florida second and Alabama third.

The last time Notre Dame held the top spot in the AP rankings was 1993. The last time AP had Notre Dame and Alabama at 1-2 was twice in 1967. In 1964, Notre Dame was first and Alabama second, but the Tide won the national title when Southern California beat the Irish.

The AP rankings do not count toward the BCS rankings, but AP has awarded a national championship since 1936 and still is considered a major poll. In the AP rankings only, Notre Dame and Alabama are tied for first in the nation with eight crowns apiece.

Click here for the complete AP, Harris and coaches polls and the BCS standings.

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