BCS Standings Released

    
November 22nd, 2009
Saturday's resultes provided a little clarity to various conference races. Texas will play Nebraska for the Big 12 crown as a result of their wins while the same goes for Clemson and Georgia Tech in the ACC. In fact, the Tigers were in the ACC Championship Game before they even kicked off against Virginia due to North Carolina's win at Boston College. The Longhorns have rival Texas A&M this week before they can focus on the Cornhuskers; win both and Mack Brown's team is essentially a lock to finish in the top two. 

Unless all you-know-what breaks loose we've got three teams fighting for two spots: the winner of the SEC Championship will take on Texas if everything plays out as expected. TCU, Cincinnati and Boise State have little chance of breaking through due to the gap in the standings at this point but it may be the Broncos who need the expected to happen in order to have any shot at a BCS at-large selection. Why? Adding in the loser of the SEC title game and TCU that leaves two open spots; should Texas get upset by Nebraska it's hard to see any BCS bowl passing up that ratings/fan spending cash cow and that would leave one spot open. 

The fight for those two spots will likely come down to Boise State, Iowa, Oklahoma State, Penn State and Virginia Tech. Pittsburgh has an argument in regards to ranking but it's tough to see two Big East teams being selected even if their results warrant it. Iowa may have the edge for one of those spots; they travel well and have a win over Penn State. That doesn't matter when dealing with BCS dollars but keep in mind the complaints that went up when the FedEx Orange Bowl selected Kansas instead of Missouri a couple of seasons ago. The Cowboys may be seen as an unknown by BCS bowl execs since they haven't been in this position but they did travel well to the Holiday Bowl last year. 

As for other games that had an impact on the national landscape, Oregon beat Arizona in a double-overtime thriller in Tucson. Combining that result with Cal knocking off Stanford results in just two teams remaining in play for the Pac-10's Rose Bowl berth: Oregon and Oregon State. The "Civil War" will play out on December 3rd and you can bet that the Beavers will be fired up for it since the Ducks knocked them out of the Rose Bowl in Corvallis last season. In the Mid-American we'll find out who plays Central Michigan in Detroit on December 5th when Temple visits Ohio on Friday.

Also on Friday we'll find out who wins the WAC; Boise State plays Nevada in a dangerous game for the Broncos. Three Nevada players (Vai Taua, Colin Kaepernick and Luke Lippincott) have already passed the 1,000 yard mark on the ground this season. East Carolina and Southern Miss will play for the East in Conference USA while SMU needs Houston to lost to Rice in order to have a shot at the West. It sets up to be an interesting Thanksgiving weekend in college football.

Top Three Games

Pittsburgh @ West Virginia (Friday) The "Backyard Brawl" is sure to be heated in Morgantown as the Panthers, who still have a shot at the Big East's BCS spot, have won the last two in the series. The last meeting in Morgantown saw Pitt knock WVU out of the national title hunt, so it should be interesting to see what happens when it's Pittsburgh with something on the line. Expect a nasty battle that could get chippy.

Nevada @ Boise State (Friday) A win for the Wolf Pack would mean an outright title, likely sending the Broncos plummeting down the bowl pecking order (Humanitarian?) in the process. Boise State needs the win to keep their BCS hopes alive, and the running options on both sides of the ball should make this an entertaining shootout.

Temple @ Ohio (Friday) Al Golden has piloted one of the best turnarounds in college footbal history; Temple has gone from terrible facilities and a losing culture to one win away from a division crown. Frank Solich's Bobcats have also been solid in league play, and both teams have taken advantage of turnover margin in their biggest wins. 

Honorable mention

Texas @ Texas A&M (Thursday) The Aggies have pulled off some memorable upsets in this series, most recently two years ago in the final game for Dennis Franchione. The Longhorns will be huge favorites but Jerrod Johnson has the ability to do what Stephen McGee did in that last meeting in College Station. 

The Updated BCS Standings:

1 Florida 11-0
2 Alabama 11-0
3 Texas 11-0
4 TCU 11-0
5 Cincinnati 10-0
6 Boise State 11-0
7 Georgia Tech 10-1
8 Oregon 9-2
9 Pittsburgh 9-1
10 Ohio State 10-2
11 Iowa 10-2
12 Oklahoma State 9-2
13 Penn State 10-2
14 Virginia Tech 8-3
15 LSU 8-3
16 Oregon State 8-3
17 Miami (FL) 8-3
18 Clemson 8-3
19 Brigham Young 9-2
20 USC 7-3
21 Utah 9-2
22 California 8-3
23 Houston 9-2
24 North Carolina 8-3
25 Mississippi 8-3