LSU and Oklahoma State Remain On Top in Latest BCS Standings park
LSU AND OKLAHOMA STATE REMAIN ON TOP IN LATEST BCS STANDINGS
Alabama Drops One Slot to No. 3 After Overtime Loss to LSU
LSU, Oklahoma State and Alabama remain at the top, but with two top-five teams losing, the latest BCS Standings look quite a bit different as Oregon and Oklahoma climb to No. 4 and No. 5, respectively. If LSU and Oklahoma State win the remainder of their games, it is almost a lock that they would meet in the Allstate BCS National Championship game in New Orleans (Monday, Jan. 9).
LSU plays at Ole Miss (2-8, 0-6 SEC) this Saturday, followed by a showdown with Arkansas (9-1, 5-1), which has won six straight games to climb to No. 6 in the BCS Standings – giving the SEC three teams in the top six. Oklahoma State, meanwhile, plays at Iowa State (5-4, 2-4 Big 12) this Friday, followed by the annual Bedlam game in Stillwater against Oklahoma (8-1, 5-1), which is now No. 5 in the BCS Standings. The Cowboys have not defeated the Sooners since 2002.
Oregon rolled to victory over previously undefeated and fourth-ranked Stanford to jump three spots to No. 4 as Stanford slipped to No. 9. Last week's fifth-ranked team, Boise State, which had also been undefeated, was shocked by TCU to slip five spots to No. 10 allowing Oklahoma to move up to No. 5 during its bye week. After Arkansas at No. 6 is No. 7 Clemson, which has clinched the ACC Atlantic Division, followed by its potential foe in the ACC Championship game, Virginia Tech, at No. 8. Stanford and Boise State round out the top 10 after their losses.
Holding steady at No. 11 is Houston, which is now in prime position for a BCS bid. If the Cougars can win the remainder of its games – a tough task as it has SMU (6-4, 4-2), Tulsa (7-3, 6-0) and the Conference USA Championship game (likely against No. 20 Southern Miss) – it will most likely earn an automatic berth in a BCS bowl game. Boise State would earn the automatic berth if it wins the Mountain West title and remains ahead of Houston in the BCS Standings – in order to win the Mountain West, the Broncos would need a loss by TCU in either of its final two games (UNLV and Colorado State).
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 nine. Conference USA has two ranked teams with No. 20 Southern Miss joining undefeated Houston. The Mountain West now has two ranked teams as well as Boise State is unwillingly joined by TCU, after the Horned Frogs big win knocked the Broncos from the ranks of the undefeated. The Big East does not have a representative in the Top 25.
November 13, 2011
Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 3, 2012
Allstate BCS National Championship, January 9, 2012
Further media predictions (once available) will be available via the Allstate Sugar Bowl's Weekly Recap which will be posted on Monday.