New BCS Rankings Released

November 15th, 2009

No upsets this weekend so there were no changes in the Top 8 of the BCS standings. There are three "lines" to pay attention to in the rankings. The top three, separated from the rest of the country from the first day of fall practices, are essentially left to fight amongst themselves for the two spots in the BCS Championship Game. Close to three hundreths of a point separates each of those teams and with Florida and Alabama meeting in the SEC Championship Game on December 5th one of those two will not be in Pasadena for the season's ultimate game. 

Behind them are TCU and Cincinnati and both have established some solid distance between themselves and Boise State. At this point in the season it would be virtually impossible for the Broncos to pass the Horned Frogs for the non-AQ automatic slot. Both TCU and Cincinnati will need some sort of chaos if they're to finish in the top two at season's end and given the distance even that may not be enough to vault them ahead of the top three teams. 

Lastly there's the line separating Georgia Tech from the other one-loss teams, and the Yellow Jackets are close enough that they're a threat to pass Boise State due to a schedule that finishes off with Georgia and possibly Clemson in the ACC Championship Game. Teams 8-11 are rather close together and you have to think that LSU is pretty much out of the running for an at-large slot due to the rule that no conference can have more than two teams in the BCS. 

So who's in the running for an at-large? Boise State should be a BCS team if they run the table but it's all about the bottom line for bowl execs once the top two are selected. Pittsburgh, Oklahoma State, Iowa and Penn State are all in play based on the current standings but as we've seen in seasons past anything can happen in the final weeks of the season. 

Games of the Week:

Oregon @ Arizona (Saturday, 8 PM on ABC): The winner takes control of the Pac-10 race towards Pasadena. The Ducks lead the Wildcats, Stanford and Oregon State by a game in the loss column but a win here for Arizona would put them in firm control of the race. The Wildcats, who are the lone school from the Big Ten or the Pac-10 to have never played in the Rose Bowl, have already beaten both Stanford and Oregon State this season.  

Virginia @ Clemson (Saturday, 3:30 PM on ABC): If the Tigers win they clinch the Atlantic Division's spot in the ACC Championship game opposite Georgia Tech. A loss and Boston College, who has lost the last two title games (both to Virginia Tech) would take control of the race. Clemson owns the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Eagles. 

Ohio State @ Michigan (Noon on ABC): Michigan needs a win to become bowl eligible while the Buckeyes have already punched their ticket to the Rose Bowl (where they haven't been since 1997). But don't think for a second that Ohio State won't be motivated to knock off the Wolverines; the seniors have a chance to earn their fourth (or in the case of the 5th-year guys fifth) pair of gold pants (OSU gives players a "pair" for each win over Michigan). Rich Rodriguez needs a win as the alums and boosters aren't happy with the fall of his team following a solid start. 

Honorable menton: Colorado State at New Mexico (6 PM): CSU has yet to win a conference game while the Lobos haven't won a game period. Something's got to give here, but at the least check out the nation's leading tackler in New Mexico LB Carmen Messina (134 total tackles). 

Updated BCS Standings

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