New BCS Standings Released

    
November 8th, 2009

The latest BCS standings are as follows:

1 Florida 9-0
2 Alabama 9-0
3 Texas 9-0
4 TCU 9-0
5 Cincinnati 9-0
6 Boise State 9-0
7 Georgia Tech 9-1
8 LSU 7-2
9 USC 7-2
10 Iowa 9-1
11 Ohio State 8-2
12 Pittsburgh 8-1
13 Oregon 7-2
14 Miami (FL) 7-2
15 Houston 8-1
16 Utah 8-1
17 Arizona 6-2
18 Penn State 8-2
19 Oklahoma State 7-2
20 Wisconsin 7-2
21 Virginia Tech 6-3
22 Brigham Young 7-2
23 Oregon State 6-3
24 South Florida 6-2
25 West Virginia 7-2 

What's there to keep an eye on here? TCU, ranked fourth, has achieved the highest ranking for a school from a non-AQ conference in the history of the BCS. Next up for them is Utah at home on Saturday in a game that will decide the Mountain West title. QB Jordan Wynn has played well the last game and a half for the Utes and if his offensive line can keep Jerry Hughes and company at bay Utah will have a shot in Fort Worth. TCU's important to watch because following the Utes they've got Wyoming and New Mexico to end the season. 

The Horned Frogs have benefitted from margin of victory in recent weeks and if they continue on that path it becomes extremely difficult for Cincinnati and/or Boise State to jump them. However the Bearcats will have the benefit of two games against teams ranked in the current BCS Top 25 (West Virginia and Pittsburgh), and should TCU fall Brian Kelly's team could also be in position to jump...Texas. It's a very long shot to say the least but given the difference in strength of schedule (the computers favor both Cincinnati and TCU over Texas for this reason) there's a chance. 

So who won't be playing for the BCS Championship? You can rule out the Big Ten automatic qualifier thanks to Northwestern beating Iowa 17-10, and the Hawkeyes may not even reach Pasadena due to the severely sprained ankle suffered by QB Ricky Stanzi in the loss. Up 10-0 at the time, Stanzi was hauled down by Corey Wootton and fumbled the ball in his own end zone and Northwestern recovered to move to within 10-7. Iowa could get little done offensively behind backup James Vandenburg and the end result was the end of their undefeated season. 

Next up for Iowa: at Ohio State, who won at Penn State 24-7, turning this Saturday's meeting at the Horseshoe into a showdown for the Big Ten's automatic bid. It's unlikely that the Nittany Lions play themselves back into contention for an at-large berth, giving the conference just one BCS participant. The Pac-10 is also unlikely to play for the national title with Oregon losing to Stanford but that was a longshot to begin with due to their loss to Boise State. 

And as fate should have it USC is back in the Top 10 (9th), four spots ahead of the same Ducks team that blew them out on Halloween. Oregon could be in danger of getting completely shut out of the BCS now that they're tied in the loss column with Arizona atop the conference standings. Thanks to USC's name brand and how the race has shaken out the Pac-10 may be well on their way to a pair of BCS berths. And that's quite fitting given the fact that the conference has arguably been the best from top to bottom this year. 

Provided both Florida and Alabama collapse down the stretch they'll both be in the BCS in some form (the winner playing for the BCS championship if they hold serve) and with one spot going to either TCU or Boise State that would leave one open spot should everything play out in predictable fashion. So who could sneak in for that last at-large? Pittsburgh would have a lot of work to do and with bowl execs looking for TV ratings they would be a tough sell. Miami? The name would be there but how well would their fans travel?

But should Texas be upset in the Big 12 Championship Game all bets would be off for both; the Longhorns would get that final slot. All told, we're in for a wild final three weeks of a regular season despite what we think we know on paper.