AUBURN JUMPS OREGON FOR TOP SLOT IN LATEST BCS STANDINGS
Arkansas Moves to No. 7, While LSU Drops to No. 10
After a very impressive come-from-behind win over archrival Alabama on the road, Auburn University has taken over the No. 1 slot in the latest BCS Standings. The Tigers slipped past Oregon, which was a winner over nationally-ranked Arizona on Saturday. It is the first time that the No. 1 team has slipped from the top slot without losing in the final four weeks of the BCS Standings. TCU remains No. 3 after closing its regular season undefeated. The top two teams in the final BCS Standings, announced next Sunday, play for the BCS National Championship in Glendale this year.
Stanford moves up to No. 4 - if the Cardinal, whose regular season is complete, can remain in the fourth slot through next weekend, it will be an automatic-qualifier for a BCS Bowl bid.
The Big Ten has three teams tied for first in the league with identical 11-1 records - those teams hold the fifth, sixth and eighth slots in the standings. The team ranked highest in the final BCS Standings will earn the Big Ten's Rose Bowl berth - at this time Wisconsin is No. 5, followed by Ohio State at six and Michigan State at eight. With all three teams done with their regular seasons and Wisconsin with a fairly substantial lead over Ohio State, it is expected that Wisconsin will advance to the Rose Bowl.
Key games with BCS implications coming up this weekend include multiple conference championship games. If No. 1 Auburn defeats No. 19 South Carolina, then the Tigers will advance to the BCS Championship Game; and if the Gamecocks win, then they will earn a bid to the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
The Big 12 Championship Game will feature North winner Nebraska (No. 13) against No. 9 Oklahoma, which tied with No. 14 Oklahoma State and No. 18 Texas A&M for the South title but advanced due to having a higher BCS Ranking. The winner of that championship game will go to the Fiesta Bowl.
The ACC Championship Game features No. 21 Florida State against No. 15 Virginia Tech - the Hokies recorded the first perfect regular season in ACC play since 2000, when the Seminoles turned the trick.
The Pac-10 does not have a conference championship game this year, which means that second-ranked Oregon can clinch a slot in the BCS National Championship Game with a victory in their annual Civil War against Oregon State, on the road.
The Big East also closes the regular season this weekend with Connecticut having the opportunity to clinch its first-ever BCS bid with a win on the road over USF. If the Huskies lose, then either No. 24 West Virginia or Pittsburgh would jump into a BCS bid.
Overall in the BCS Standings, the Southeastern Conference has six ranked teams total, including three in the top 10. The Big 12 has five ranked teams and the Big Ten adds three teams, but all three are in the top eight. The Pac-10 also has three ranked teams, including two of the top four.