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Rivalries Provide Upsets But Top Six Remain Undefeated in BCS Standings

Sunday, November 29, 2009

While seven teams in the Top-25 lost to their archrivals this week, the top six in the BCS Standings, all undefeated teams, remain the same for the third straight week. Florida and Alabama, which will meet in the SEC Championship game on Saturday in Atlanta, remain at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. Texas and TCU check in at No. 3 and No. 4 and Cincinnati and Boise State round out the top six. Oregon climbs up one spot to No. 7, replacing Georgia Tech, which lost to Georgia and slipped to No. 10. Big Ten foes Ohio State and Iowa each moved up two slots to No. 9 and No. 10, respectively. The top teams in the final BCS Standings, to be released on Sunday, Dec. 6, will meet in the BCS National Championship game to be played on Jan. 7 in Pasadena, Calif.

One of the highlights of this past weekend involved Boise State as the Broncos rolled over Nevada to capture the WAC Championship. That win, coupled with Oklahoma State's loss to Oklahoma (which dropped the Cowboys out of the top 14 and eligibility for BCS at-large selection), puts the Broncos in excellent position to earn a bid to a BCS game for the first time in program history. Boise still has one game remaining, hosting New Mexico State. TCU, meanwhile, closed its season with another impressive victory, rolling over New Mexico, which likely means the Horned Frogs have wrapped up an automatic BCS bid. Ohio State had already earned a trip to the Rose Bowl as the champion of the Big Ten. Iowa and Penn State are expected to challenge for an at-large bid.

This weekend's BCS focus will be on Atlanta for the SEC Championship game as the Gators and Crimson Tide battle. The winner of that game is considered a lock to advance to the BCS Championship game while the loser will likely earn a bid to the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The other key conference championship game is in the Big 12 where No. 3 Texas plays No. 22 Nebraska; a win by the Longhorns is expected to vault them into the BCS title game, while a loss would send Nebraska to the Fiesta Bowl (and likely bump Boise State from the BCS picture).

Clemson and No. 10 Georgia Tech both stumbled in their final regular season games against in-state rivals (South Carolina and Georgia, respectively), but the pair will still meet in the ACC Championship game with a bid to the Orange Bowl on the line.

Two other key games are not true championship games, though savvy schedule-makers have delivered de facto title matches as regular-season finales in the Pac-10 and the Big East. No. 5 Cincinnati at No. 15 Pittsburgh will decide the Big East Championship title and a BCS bowl bid, while No. 16 Oregon State at No. 7 Oregon in the Pac-10 will decide No. 8 Ohio State's foe in the Rose Bowl.

November 29, 2009 BCS Standings
1.     Florida (12-0) - Last Week: 1
2.     Alabama (12-0) - LW: 2
3.     Texas (12-0) - LW: 3
4.     TCU (12-0) - LW: 4
5.     Cincinnati (11-0) - LW: 5
6.     Boise State (12-0) - LW: 6
7.     Oregon (9-2) - LW: 8
8.     Ohio State (10-2) - LW: 10
9.     Iowa (10-2) - LW: 11
10.   Georgia Tech (10-2) - LW: 7
11.   Penn State (10-2) - LW: 13
12.   Virginia Tech (9-3) - LW: 14
13.   LSU (9-3) - LW: 15
14.   BYU (10-2) - LW: 19
15.   Pittsburgh (9-2) - LW: 9
16.   Oregon State (8-3) - LW: 16
17.   Miami (9-3) - LW: 17
18.   USC (8-3) - LW: 20
19.   California (8-3) - LW: 22
20.   Oklahoma State (9-4) - LW: 12
21.   Houston (10-2) - LW: 23
22.   Nebraska (9-3) - LW: NR
23.   West Virginia (8-3) - LW: NR
24.   Stanford (8-4) - LW: NR
25.   Utah (9-3) - LW: 21

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