With no change in the top four slots of the BCS standings (#1 Oregon, #2 Auburn, #3 Texas Christian, and #4 Boise State), this week’s BCS Periscope looks at the next tier of teams. All of these squads will need a major stumble by one of the four undefeateds, combined with winning out, to move up in the standings.
LSU lands at #5, after knocking off Alabama in a tight game in Baton Rouge this past weekend. The Tigers are the top-ranked, one-loss squad in FBS football, and have three games remaining: two at home, against non-conference, in-state foe Louisiana-Monroe, and Ole Miss; and a road trip to Little Rock to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks. LSU will need Auburn to lose twice in order for them to make the SEC Championship game, but they might be primed for a Sugar Bowl date.
Stanford has the #6 slot in the current standings, and at second in the Pac-10 behind Oregon, is well placed to make a trip to Pasadena to represent the conference in the Rose Bowl should the Ducks win out and make it to the BCS Championship Game. The Cardinal have visits to Arizona State and California (The Big Game), and a home closer against Oregon State, remaining on their schedule.
While in second place in the Big Ten standings, thanks to an early October loss to Michigan State, the #7 Badgers are the highest ranked Big Ten representative in the BCS rankings. They will continue to need some help to win the Big Ten, but the remaining games on their schedule should pose no problem: home games against Indiana and Northwestern, and a visit to Michigan. They will likely be playing in a Florida bowl, possibly as a BCS at-large selection.
The #8 Huskers are the top-ranked Big 12 squad in this week's standings, after barely surviving a trip to Iowa State. Their position at the top of the Big 12 North means they will likely end up playing for the Big 12 Championship next month, barring a stumble in their remaining games: visits from Kansas and Colorado to Lincoln, and a road trip to Texas A&M. Should the Huskers win out (including the conference championship game), their postseason destination will have them in Glendale, AZ for the Fiesta Bowl.
Ohio State Buckeyes, Oklahoma State Cowboys
Rounding out the BCS top ten are #9 Ohio State and #10 Oklahoma State. The Buckeyes stand third in the Big Ten; even though they have the same record as Wisconsin, their loss to the Badgers means they have to hope for lots of help to move up. Coming off a bye week, they have three difficult games ahead: home against Penn State, at Iowa, and the season finale in the Shoe against That School Up North. The Cowboys have the inside track in the Big 12 South to head to the Big 12 Championship, after defeating Baylor, but first must get past Texas in Austin and Oklahoma at home, as well as a visit to Kansas.
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