College Football Rankings, Week 12: TCU Remains No. 3 In BCS Standings; Oregon, Auburn Still In Control

The BCS standings remained the same inside the Top 10.

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College Football Rankings, Week 12: BCS Standings Remain The Same; Oregon, Auburn Maintain Destiny

The top 10 of the latest BCS standings remained unchanged this week, though the percentage points narrowed between some teams. It is a little surprising TCU remained the No. 3 team and Boise State the No. 4 team. Both the Coaches Poll and the Harris Poll saw Boise State move to No. 3, but the BCS standings saw fit to keep the two teams in the same position.

The gap between TCU and Boise State narrowed to three-hundredths of a percentage point (.0332 to be exact). However, if both teams win all their remaining games, it is possible the computer rankings gap could close and move Boise State ahead of TCU.

The computers favor Stanford (No. 6), who are eighth in both polls. And the Wisconsin Badgers are favored in the polls (No. 5), but only seventh in the BCS standings.

Outside of the top 10, Michigan State moved back one spot to No. 12 and Alabama moved to No. 11.

The top 10:

1. Oregon (10-0)
2. Auburn (11-0)
3. TCU (11-0)
4. Boise State (9-0)
5. LSU (9-1)
6. Stanford (9-1)
7. Wisconsin (9-1)
8. Nebraska (9-1)
9. Ohio State(9-1)
10. Oklahoma St. (9-1)

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College Football Rankings, Week 12: Oregon, Auburn Atop USA Today Coaches Poll; Boise State Jumps TCU

The latest USA Today Coaches Poll dropped TCU and Utah, just like the AP Poll did. TCU fell to No. 4 while the Boise State Bronocs captured No. 3 in the poll as well. The Broncos received five first place votes, and the Horned Frogs had two.

The Wisconsin Badgers, who demolished Indiana, 83-20, are the highest ranked one-loss team at No. 5. Stanford and Nebraska swapped the eighth and ninth spots after victories over Arizona State and Kansas. The 9-1 Nevada Wolfpack moved to 18th after a 35-34 victory over Fresno State late Saturday night. They are the lowest ranked one-loss team. The 8-2 Alabama Crimson Tide are the highest ranked two-loss team at No. 12.

The Utah Utes tumbled to No. 24 after a 28-3 loss to Notre Dame. San Diego State remained on the outside of the top 25 after a loss to TCU, but did receive 20 votes. The 7-4 Air Force Falcons took two votes.

The complete USA Today Poll:

1. Oregon
2. Auburn
3. Boise State
4. TCU
5. Wisconsin
6. LSU
7. Ohio State
8. Nebraska
9. Stanford
10. Oklahoma State
11. Michigan State
12. Alabama
13. Arkansas
14. Oklahoma
15. Virginia Tech
16. Missouri
17. South Carolina
18. Nevada
19. Texas A&M
20. Iowa
21. Miami
22. Mississippi State
23. Arizona
24. Utah
25. Northwestern

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College Football Rankings, Week 12: TCU, Utah Drop In AP Top 25 Poll

Both the TCU Horned Frogs and the Utah Utes dropped in the latest AP poll. The Horned Frogs edged out the San Diego State Aztecs, 40-35, but then saw the Boise State Broncos jump them for the third spot in the rankings. The Broncos beat up on the Idaho Vandals last Thursday. TCU stands at No. 4 this week.

The Utah Utes were embarrassed by the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, losing 28-3. The Utes dropped 10 spots to No. 25. They face the San Diego Aztecs this coming weekend, which could prove to be a tough game to win.

Oregon and Auburn remain in the top two spots.

Though San Diego State lost to TCU, the 7-3 Aztecs still received 32 votes in this week’s poll. Could a win over Utah put them into the back of the Top 25?

The 7-4 Air Force Falcons did not receive any votes this week in the AP poll, but the University of Delaware, from the FCS division, received one vote for its 9-1 record.

The full rankings:

1. Oregon
2. Auburn
3. Boise State
4. TCU
5. LSU
6. Wisconsin
7. Stanford
8. Ohio State
9. Nebraska
10. Alabama
11. Michigan State
12. Oklahoma State
13. Arkansas
14. Virginia Tech
15. Missouri
16. Oklahoma
17. South Carolina
18. Texas A&M
19. Nevada
20. USC
21. Iowa
22. Mississippi State
23. Arizona
24. Miami
25. Utah

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College Football Rankings, Week 12: Projected BCS Standings

This Saturday of college football went according to plan as all of the top 12 teams in last weeks BCS standings won and the three of the five ranked teams that lost came against another ranked team. The excitement was still there with many too close for comfort games form three of the top four teams, and as every college football Saturday has some cheesy name this week actually had one that made sense: Scare Saturday

TCU and Oregon managed to win by less then a touchdown and Auburn needed a strong fourth quarter to pull away from Georgia; all three of those opponents were unranked. Only Boise State was able to easily defeat their opponent, as they took out rival Idaho Friday night 52-14.

SB Nation's BCS Evolution has their projected top 15 and by their account was the most boring week of projecting the BCS standings to date:

1) Oregon Ducks
2) Auburn Tigers
3) TCU Horned Frogs
4) Boise St. Broncos
5) LSU Tigers
6) Stanford Cardinal
7) Wisconsin Badgers
8) Nebraska Cornhuskers
9) Alabama Crimson Tide
10) Ohio St. Buckeyes
11) Oklahoma St. Cowboys
12) Michigan St. Spartans
13) Arkansas Razorbacks
14) Missouri Tigers
15) Oklahoma Sooners

In my non-expert opinion on the BCS, I could see Boise State closing the gap, especially in the Harris and coaches poll, on TCU since Boise State was able to soundly defeat Idaho whereas TCU beat San Diego State by five. Plus, the difference between Boise State is only 10 points behind TCU in the coaches poll and only 35 points from the Harris poll, so a handful of people moving up Boise could put them in the third spot and in prime position to gain the automatic BCS bid from the non-automatic qualifying leagues.

The BCS standings will be released at 6:15 p.m. mountain time on ESPN's BCS Countdown show.

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