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LSU and Alabama Remain Atop Latest BCS Standings

Sunday, November 27, 2011


One-Loss Teams Jostle for Position in Top 10

While this past week did not provide the upsets of two weeks ago, there was still some noticeable shifting in the latest BCS Standings. LSU and Alabama remain solidly in the top two positions after both posted convincing victories over ranked foes - the Tigers rolled over previously-No. 3 Arkansas, 41-17, and the Crimson Tide rocked then-No. 24 Auburn, 42-14.

Oklahoma State moved up one spot, replacing Arkansas at No. 3, followed by Stanford, which jumped two positions to No. 4 after an impressive defeat of then-No. 22 Notre Dame. The Cowboys host No. 10 Oklahoma on Saturday in a de facto Big 12 Championship game, while Stanford has completely its regular season. Virginia Tech remains at No. 5 heading into the ACC title game against Clemson on Saturday. 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).

Houston, which joins LSU as the only undefeated teams in the nation, moved up to an all-time high slot of No. 6 - the Cougars will host No. 24 Southern Miss in the Conference USA Championship game on Saturday. A win will guarantee an automatic bid to a BCS Bowl for the Cougars.

Boise State remains at No. 7, followed by Arkansas, the highest-ranked two-loss team, at No. 8. Rounding out the top 10 are Oregon and Oklahoma. The Ducks host unranked UCLA in the Pac-12 Championship game on Friday evening - interestingly, UCLA finds itself in a unique position - if the Bruins defeat the Ducks, they will go to the Rose Bowl, if they lose, they will not be bowl-eligible.

At No. 11 Kansas State remains in the mix for a BCS bid, while No. 12 South Carolina is most likely out of the picture due to the two highly-ranked SEC schools. Michigan State is the highest-ranked Big Ten program at No. 13 - the Spartans will meet No. 15 Wisconsin in the inaugural Big Ten title game with a trip to the Rose Bowl on the line.

While Georgia is the fifth-highest rated SEC team at No. 14, the Bulldogs still have BCS potential as they will challenge LSU in this weekend's SEC Championship game. A Georgia win sends them to the Allstate Sugar Bowl - interestingly, even with a loss in the SEC title game, LSU could still advance to the Allstate BCS National Championship game if it remains in the top-two in the country.

After defeating Ohio State for the first time since 2003, Michigan remained steady at No. 16 in the standings - the Wolverines need to climb into the top-14 to be eligible for a BCS at-large bid and while they don't have any games remaining, teams above them could lose and drop, opening up opportunity. Baylor at No. 17 is in the same position as Michigan, likely needing some teams ranked above it in the rankings to lose, though the Bears have one game remaining, against No. 22 Texas on Saturday.

Overall, the Big 12 has six teams in the top 25, while the SEC and the Big Ten each have five. The ACC, Pac-12, Mountain West and Conference USA each have two top-25 programs, while the Big East's lone representative is West Virginia at No. 23.

November 27, 2011

BCS Standings

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

Bowl Predictions
Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 3, 2012 (Palm): Michigan vs. Houston (No change)
College Football News: Michigan vs. Houston (No change) (Schlabach): Michigan vs. Houston (updates Monday) (Edwards): Michigan vs. Houston (updates Monday) (Mandel): Michigan vs. Houston (updates Monday)

Allstate BCS National Championship, January 9, 2012 (Palm): LSU vs. Alabama (No change)
College Football News: LSU vs. Alabama (No change) (Schlabach): LSU vs. Alabama (updates Monday) (Edwards): LSU vs. Alabama (updates Monday) (Mandel): LSU vs. Alabama (updates Monday)

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