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Chaotic Weekend Upends Latest BCS Standings

Sunday, November 20, 2011


SEC Teams hold top three spots in the nation

After a weekend of chaos which featured three top five teams losing, as well as another in the top 10 falling, the SEC has taken over the top three spots in the latest BCS Standings. LSU remains undefeated and No. 1 in the nation, while Alabama, which only suffered an overtime defeat at the hands of LSU, is No. 2. Arkansas jumps three spots to No. 3 to set up another huge SEC showdown as the Razorbacks meet the top-ranked Tigers on Friday in Baton Rouge. The top two teams in the final BCS Standings (released on Sunday, Dec. 4) will meet in the Allstate BCS National Championship game in New Orleans (Monday, Jan. 9).

Arkansas' jump to an all-time high of No. 3 came after No. 2 Oklahoma State, No. 4 Oregon and No. 5 Oklahoma all lost. The Cowboys only dropped two spots to No. 4 and they are followed by No. 5 Virginia Tech, which jumped three positions from No. 8. At No. 6 is Stanford, which held off a late Cal rally to move up from No. 9. Boise State is No. 7, followed by undefeated Houston at No. 8 - if the Cougars win out, they will earn an automatic BCS bid as the highest ranked champion from a non-automatic qualifying conference.

Oklahoma and Oregon, who were both considered prime championship game contenders entering the weekend, drop to No. 9 and 10, respectively, after their losses.

Kansas State has climbed to No. 11, followed by two more SEC schools - Georgia and South Carolina at No. 12 and 13. Michigan State is the highest-ranked Big Ten program at No. 14, while Michigan and Wisconsin are No. 15 and 16, respectively.

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 10. The Mountain West has two ranked teams as conference frontrunner TCU is No. 20 to join Boise. Houston is the lone representative of Conference USA while independent Notre Dame entered the rankings at No. 22 this week. The Big East does not have a representative in the Top 25.

November 20, 2011

BCS Standings

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

Bowl Predictions
Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 3, 2012 (Palm): Michigan vs. Houston (Michigan replaces Alabama)
College Football News: Michigan vs. Houston (Michigan replaces Alabama) (Schlabach): Michigan vs. Houston (Michigan replaces Alabama) (Edwards): Michigan vs. Houston (Michigan replaces Alabama) (Mandel): Michigan vs. Houston (replacing Alabama vs. Virginia Tech)

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

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