New BCS Standings are released

The new BCS Standings were released Sunday night without much change from last week’s rankings. In fact, the top 10 teams stayed exactly the same.

Oregon, which won a two-point squeaker on the road against Cal, remained atop the rankings for the third straight week.

Cam NewtonAP and USA Today polls, as well. Oregon and Auburn are both idle next weekend.

TCU remained at No. 3 after holding off San Diego State in Fort Worth. Boise State, meanwhile, remained at No. 4 after soundly beating Idaho on the road. But the Broncos could be primed to surpass the Horned Frogs with games against Nevada and Hawaii left on the schedule. In addition, voters could be down on TCU with the recent struggles of Utah and Baylor — teams the Horned Frogs have defeated this season.

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 pits the top two in the final BCS Standings.

The BCS Standings — Top 10

1. Oregon .975
2. Auburn .969
3. TCU .897
4. Boise State .863
5. LSU .824
6. Stanford .755
7. Wisconsin .726
8. Nebraska .720
9. Ohio State .667
10. Oklahoma State .660

A few thoughts:

*Only teams in the top 14 of the final BCS standings can qualify for an at-large berth, so it’s interesting to keep an eye on Nos. 11-14: 11. Alabama 12. Michigan State 13. Arkansas 14. Oklahoma

*It looked as if Boise State would have an uphill battle in its quest to move past TCU. But it may not be as difficult as we all thought the last few weeks. The Broncos will have a chance to impress the voters and help their computer ranking with a game against current Top 25 member Nevada among its final three games. TCU, meanwhile, closes its schedule with a cupcake. In addition, Virginia Tech — the Broncos’ Week 1 opponent — can help Boise’s computer ranking if it keeps winning.

*The SEC has four teams in the top 14 right now. That’s why it remains the best conference in the nation.

*Wisconsin is No. 12 and Ohio St. No. 13 in the computers. Maybe the Big Ten should consider some stronger nonconference opponents.

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