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LSU and Oklahoma State are One-Two in BCS Standings

Sunday, November 6, 2011


Alabama Drops One Slot to No. 3 After Overtime Loss to LSU

After both winning tight games against highly-ranked opponents on Saturday night, LSU and Oklahoma State are No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in the latest BCS Standings. LSU, which has been No. 1 since the first standings came out on Oct. 16, solidified its position by edging then-No. 2 Alabama, 9-6 in overtime on the road on Saturday. Oklahoma State won a 52-45 thriller over then-No. 13 Kansas State to take the Crimson Tide's slot at No. 2. Meanwhile, despite the loss, Alabama dropped just one spot to No. 3, remaining ahead of undefeated Stanford and Boise State, who are No. 4 and No. 5, respectively. The top two teams in the final BCS standings play in the Allstate BCS National Championship game in New Orleans this year (Monday, Jan. 9).

Oklahoma remains at No. 6, followed by Oregon, which will have a chance to make a jump when it plays at No. 4 Stanford this weekend. No. 8 is Arkansas, which held off South Carolina (now No. 13) in a Saturday shootout. Two teams with byes last week - Clemson and Virginia Tech - slide into the top 10 at No. 9 and No. 10, respectively. The Hokies have a big game this Thursday, playing at No. 21 Georgia Tech.

Houston, the fifth and final remaining undefeated team in the country, climbs to an all-time best No. 11 - the Cougars visit New Orleans this week for a meeting with Tulane in the Superdome on Thursday night.

Joe Paterno's Penn State squad, with a surprising 8-1 mark, is the top-rated Big Ten team after jumping four spots to No. 12, despite not playing. The Nittany Lions host No. 19 Nebraska this Saturday - the Cornhuskers were shocked by unranked Northwestern at home to drop from the No. 10 position this week.

Overall, the SEC has six teams in the top 25, while the Big 12 and the Big Ten each have five. The ACC has three top-25 programs, while the Pac-12 has just two - though both are in the top seven. Conference USA has two ranked teams with No. 22 Southern Miss joining undefeated Houston. Boise State (Mountain West) is the only other school representing non-automatic qualifying conferences. The Big East's lone representative is No. 23 Cincinnati.

November 6, 2011

BCS Standings

  1. LSU (9-0)
  2. Oklahoma State (9-0)
  3. Alabama (8-1)
  4. Stanford (9-0)
  5. Boise State (8-0)
  6. Oklahoma (8-1)
  7. Oregon (8-1)
  8. Arkansas (8-1)
  9. Clemson (8-1)
  10. Virginia Tech (8-1)
  11. Houston (9-0)
  12. Penn State (8-1)
  13. South Carolina (7-2)
  14. Kansas State (7-2)
  15. Georgia (7-2)
  16. Texas (6-2)
  17. Michigan State (7-2)
  18. Wisconsin (7-2)
  19. Nebraska (7-2)
  20. Auburn (6-3)
  21. Georgia Tech (7-2)
  22. Southern Miss (8-1)
  23. Cincinnati (7-1)
  24. Michigan (7-2)
  25. Baylor (5-3)

Bowl Predictions
Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 3, 2012 (Schlabach): Alabama vs. Boise State (Edwards): Alabama vs. Stanford
College Football News:
Alabama vs. Boise State

Allstate BCS National Championship, January 9, 2012 (Schlabach): LSU vs. Oklahoma State (Edwards): LSU vs. Oklahoma State
College Football News: LSU vs. Oklahoma

Further media predictions (once updated) will be available via the Allstate Sugar Bowl's Weekly Recap which will be posted on Monday.