Kansas State and Oregon Move Into Top Two of BCS Standings park
With Texas A&M upsetting top-ranked Alabama on Saturday, the latest BCS Standings feature a new No. 1 team as Kansas State takes the top slot after defeating TCU on the road. Oregon, which rolled over Cal, moves to No. 2. The only other undefeated team in the country, Notre Dame, is now ranked No. 3.
"Three undefeated teams remain in the BCS Standings, and they're at the top of the poll," said Bill Hancock, executive director of the BCS. "But as everyone knows by now, and as we saw this weekend, anything can happen in college football. So let's expect the unexpected over these last three incredible weeks of the greatest regular season in sports. I'll be watching and know you will, too."
The Southeastern Conference then shows its depth as it has the next six teams in the rankings – an unprecedented six teams in the top nine in the nation. Following its loss, the Crimson Tide slipped to No. 4, while Georgia, which clinched the SEC East on Saturday, rounds out the top five. A win on Nov. 24 against Auburn in the Iron Bowl will send Alabama to the SEC title game against the Bulldogs. Florida and LSU are No. 6 and 7, respectively, while Texas A&M makes a major jump, from No. 15 all the way to No. 8 after its impressive Saturday performance. South Carolina is No. 9.
Rounding out the top 10 is Florida State, followed immediately by its ACC counterpart Clemson at No. 11. Oklahoma at No. 12 is the second Big 12 team in the rankings, while Stanford moves to No. 13 after a key victory over No. 16 Oregon State on Saturday. Nebraska is the highest-ranked Big Ten team at No. 14 – with wins over Minnesota and Iowa to close the year, the Cornhuskers will clinch a spot in the Big Ten title game opposite Wisconsin.
Reaching the top 14 is the critical point for many teams as that will make them eligible for BCS selection. Texas (No. 15), Oregon State (No. 16), UCLA (No. 17) and USC (No. 18) are just outside that eligibility.
The Pac-12 has six ranked teams overall to match the SEC, though five of the Pac-12 teams are in the bottom half of the standings. The Big 12 has five ranked teams, while the ACC, Big East and Big Ten each have two. The Western Athletic Conference is the only non-automatic qualifying conference with a representative as Louisiana Tech is No. 20. To earn an automatic slot in a BCS game, the Bulldogs would have to reach the top 14, or be in the top 16 and ahead of the highest-ranked team from an automatic-qualifying conference.
This week's top game as far as BCS impact is a Pac-12 showdown with No. 13 Stanford playing at No. 2 Oregon. A loss for the Cardinal could put the Pac-12 in a position of having Oregon be the league's only one team in the top-14 – and if the Ducks win out, they would likely head to the BCS Championship game, forcing the Rose Bowl to replace them with a team from another conference.
Another key game for similar reasons is No. 12 Oklahoma traveling to West Virginia. While the Mountaineers have dropped out of the national picture, they still have a potent offense and an upset victory could knock the Sooners out of the top 14, opening the door for Texas to move into BCS consideration. The Longhorns are off until next Thursday (Nov. 22) when they host TCU before closing their season against No. 1 Kansas State. The top-ranked Wildcats will play their first game as the No. 1 team this Saturday, traveling to Waco to play Baylor.
Another key Pac-12 match-up on Saturday sees No. 17 UCLA hosting No. 18 USC. A win for the Bruins would lock up a spot in the Pac-12 Championship game, while a USC win would put the Trojans in prime position for the title game slot.
November 11, 2012 BCS Standings
- Kansas State (10-0) – Last Week: 2
- Oregon (10-0) – 3
- Notre Dame (10-0) – 4
- Alabama (9-1) – 1
- Georgia (9-1) – 5
- Florida (9-1) – 6
- LSU (8-2) – 7
- Texas A&M (8-2) – 15
- South Carolina (8-2) – 8
- Florida State (9-1) – 10
- Clemson (9-1) – 13
- Oklahoma (7-2) – 12
- Stanford (8-2) – 14
- Nebraska (8-2) – 16
- Texas (8-2) – 17
- Oregon State (7-2) – 11
- UCLA (8-2) – 18
- USC (7-3) – 19
- Louisville (9-1) – 9
- Louisiana Tech (9-1) – 20
- Michigan (7-3) – NR
- Rutgers (8-1) – 23
- Texas Tech (7-3) – 22
- Oklahoma State (6-3) – NR
- Washington (6-4) – NR