The sixth official BCS standings for the 2011 season were released on Sunday evening, and as we all expected the SEC West dominated the top of the rankings.
LSU remained at No. 1 after its easy victory over Ole Miss, while Alabama and Arkansas moved up to No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, following Oklahoma State's shocking loss on Friday night at Iowa State. The Cowboys fell to No. 4 and Virginia Tech rose up to No. 5.
Oklahoma and Oregon, meanwhile, checked in at Nos. 9 and 10, respectively, after suffering their second defeats of the year.
Here is the BCS formula — how these rankings came about: Harris Interactive Poll (1/3) + USA Today Coaches’ Poll (1/3) + Computer rankings (1/3). The BCS national championship game at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans on Jan. 9 will pit the top two teams in the final BCS standings, which will be released on Dec. 4
The BCS standings — Top 16
1. LSU: 1.000
2. Alabama: .949
3. Arkansas: .899
4. Oklahoma State: .841
5. Virginia Tech: .784
6. Stanford: .771
7. Boise State: .688
8. Houston: .668
9. Oklahoma: .653
10. Oregon: .647
11. Kansas State: .590
12. South Carolina: .564
13. Georgia: .519
14. Michigan State: .502
15. Michigan: .398
16. Wisconsin: .394
A few thoughts:
• If LSU wins out, the Tigers are playing for the BCS national championship. And if Alabama beats Auburn this week, Nick Saban's squad will earn its chance at the title. What happens if Arkansas beats LSU the day after Thanksgiving and Alabama falls to Auburn? Then the door opens for the Razorbacks. There are tons of scenarios which will continue to be discussed this week. Oklahoma State also has an outside chance to sneak back into the BCS title picture, but it's highly unlikely. The Pokes are second in four of the six computers used in the formula while Alabama is second in the other two.
• The title game almost assuredly will feature two teams from the SEC, and it's likely going to be LSU and Alabama — quite possibly even if LSU loses either to Arkansas or Georgia. However, there is also a chance that an upset by the Razorbacks could put two SEC teams who fail to advance to the conference title game into the BCS championship — if Alabama went to the SEC championship game and lost to Georgia (Arkansas and LSU would likely finish in the top 2 of the final BCS standings in that scenario). Clearly, crazy stuff.
• Undefeated Houston checks in at No. 8, putting the Cougars in good position to be this year's BCS buster. One champion from a league without an automatic BCS bid can earn an automatic berth by finishing in the top 12 of the final standings. Kevin Sumlin's squad can be that team if the Cougars keep winning. Boise State could also be an at-large selection if it remains in the top 16, but it's a long shot that the Broncos will be selected out of the at-large pool.
• At No. 15, Michigan has to move up just one spot and finish in the top 14 to be considered for an at-large spot. If the Wolverines beat Ohio State this week, there's a strong chance they’d net an at-large bid, possibly to the Sugar Bowl, because they travel well and will be a big television draw. What a first season for Brady Hoke, Greg Mattison and the Maize and Blue.
So what would be your ideal BCS national championship game?
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