BCS Periscope - Week 13
By JD Frankland- - December 1, 2010

Okay, everyone who thought Alabama would take down Auburn, raise your hands. (Yep, so did I.)

Now, everyone who expected Boise State to get it done routinely at Nevada, raise your hands. (Yeah, I thought so too.)

So this Sunday was "Moving Day" in the BCS standings, as not only Boise State, but Louisiana State as well, dropped out of the top five after upset losses. Front-runners Oregon and Auburn also swapped positions, with the Tigers taking the slimmest of leads (.0002) over the Ducks going into the last weekend of regular season play. Both schools will likely be favorites in their final games, as Auburn takes on South Carolina and the Ol' Ball Coach in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta; while Oregon hits the road for their last game, the rivalry matchup against Oregon State.

With all the shuffling going on, Texas Christian remained well placed at #3 with its decisive season-ending win over New Mexico. The Horned Frogs are well placed to take advantage of a stumble by the top two squads; and even if that doesn't happen, they will likely be paired up in the Rose Bowl against Big Ten representative Wisconsin, who will likely hold the highest BCS ranking of the three conference co-champions (the Badgers, Ohio State, and Michigan State).

Stanford moves up to the #4 position in the standings, followed by Big Ten co-champs Wisconsin and Ohio State, fifth and sixth place respectively. The Cardinal wrapped up their season by pitching a shutout against Oregon State, while the Badgers hung 70 points on Northwestern in their season finale (the third time this season that the Badgers have lit up the scoreboard with that many points or more), and the Buckeyes closed out their schedule with a lopsided win in their traditional rivalry game against "That State Up North"; Buckeye coach Jim Tressel is an unprecedented 9-1 in his career against the Wolverines.

Moving up into the BCS top ten at #7 is Arkansas, who soundly defeated LSU to gain five places in the standings; LSU fell five slots and landed at #10. Michigan State used a road win at Penn State to earn their share of the Big Ten championship, as well as eighth place; Oklahoma is now the top ranked Big 12 squad, at #9, after their "Bedlam" victory over Oklahoma State. The Sooners now have a date with Nebraska for the Big 12 Championship.

Of the remaining BCS automatic-qualifying conferences, Virginia Tech has recovered from their early season losses to Boise State and FCS power James Madison, to become the top-rated ACC squad at #16, while West Virginia, who is tied with Pittsburgh and Connecticut atop the Big East conference standings, is the only member of the Big East in the rankings, at #24, just ahead of Northern Illinois of the MAC.

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