Bama jumps Texas for No. 2 in BCS standings; TCU fourth

NEW YORK — All those blowouts have carried TCU to unprecedented heights in the BCS standings, giving the Horned Frogs hope — however slim — of becoming the first BCS buster to break into the national championship game.
TCU took over fourth place in the Bowl Championship Series standings Sunday behind Florida, Alabama and Texas. It’s the highest BCS ranking ever for a team from a conference without an automatic bid to the big-money bowl games. No potential BCS buster had ever done better than sixth in the BCS standings.
Florida is first for the fourth straight week, and Alabama and Texas switched spots for the second week in a row.
The Gators and Crimson Tide have clinched their respective divisions in the Southeastern Conference and will meet Dec. 5 in the league championship game. One of them is all but guaranteed a spot in the BCS title game on Jan. 7 in Pasadena, Calif., if they can get through the next month without a loss.
The same goes for Texas, which has three regular-season games and possibly the Big 12 championship remaining.
The other undefeated teams — TCU, Cincinnati and Boise State — need the top three to stumble to have any shot of reaching the title game.
The Horned Frogs (.8620) moved up two spots and are just ahead of Cincinnati (.8579) and Boise State (.8125). Each is 9-0 with three games left.
TCU has been rising by racking up lopsided victories. The Horned Frogs have won their last four games by an average score of 44-8.