The #1-ranked Oregon Ducks barely held off the California Bears this past weekend to retain the top ranking in the BCS Standings for Week 12 (Week 5 of the BCS rankings, which began in Week 8 of the college football season), but they increased their overall BCS Average lead over #2 Auburn, who also struggled in their victory over SouthEast Conference rival Georgia, by .0039 percent and now enjoy a .0066 percent lead in the Standings. At the same time, the other two undefeated teams in the nation, TCU and Boise State, retained their positions at #3 and #4, respectively, although TCU’s close game against San Diego State cost them points in the overall standings average, with the Broncos narrowing the gap to .0332 percent (Week 11 had the Horned Frogs with a .0597 lead). But all that could change in the next few weeks.
Oregon, who also enjoys the #1 position on the AP Top 25 Poll, still has two games to play, even though they don’t have to worry about a PAC-10 championship game (it doesn’t exist — yet). But they have to get past PAC-10 rivals Arizona (currently ranked #22 in the BCS Standings) and intra-state and intra-conference rivals Oregon State to finish their regular season.
The Auburn Tigers still have to play the Alabama Crimson Tide, arch, intra-state and intra-SEC rivals the day after Thanksgiving in the Iron Bowl. Then they will have to play a tough Steve Spurrier-led and nationally ranked South Carolina (currently #17 in the rankings) in the SEC championship game. The Gamecocks will be looking for revenge for their loss earlier in the season to the Tigers. Alabama will simply be looking to cap a disappointing (but good) football season with a win over their rivals.
TCU only has one game left and should have little problem getting beyond the Lobos of New Mexico, who have managed only a single victory all season.
But TCU’s one game could prove advantageous to Boise State, which has three more games to play, all intra-Western Athletic Conference games. They’ll take on the Fresno State Bulldogs and the nationally ranked (#18) Nevada Wolf Pack before finishing the season with Utah State. Wins over the first two football squads will increase their percentages. Lopsided victories over them all will ensure an increase in Boise State’s BCS average and rankings.
The standings are about to get interesting…
The remainder of the Top 10 in the BCS rankings remained static for Week 12 as well. LSU led the way, followed by Stanford (whose only loss is to #1 Oregon), Wisconsin (which scored 83 points against a hapless Indiana squad Saturday), Nebraska, Ohio State, and Oklahoma State.
The defending national champions, the Alabama Crimson Tide, moved up a notch to #11 after a solid win over ranked Mississippi State.
South Carolina and Texas A&M saw the biggest vertical gains on the rankings list this week, both moving up six spots (#17 and #19, respectively). Utah, which dropped its second game in a row, fell the farthest — nine slots (#23).
Miami (FL) returned to the BCS Standings for Week 12, as did Florida State (at #24 and #25, respectively). Both Atlantic Coast Conference teams had fallen from the rankings after suffering defeats. Kansas State and Florida fell from the rankings after posting losses.
As the season nears completion, wins and losses matter as various bowls begin the process of choosing which teams they want competing in their respective contests. The Top 10 BCS are extremely important in that they determine the at-large bids for the BCS Championship Series, not to mention the two teams — the #1- and #2-ranked teams — that play for the national football championship.
4. Boise State
9. Ohio State
10. Oklahoma State
12. Michigan State
16. Virginia Tech
17. South Carolina
19. Texas A&M
21. Mississippi State
24. Miami (FL)
25. Florida State
Compare to BCS Standings for Nov. 7.
“BCS Standings – November 14,” ESPN.go.com