Sunday, November 17, 2013
BCS: Pac-12 tumbles
By Ted Miller
For the first time this year, the BCS standings were released on Sunday, and it didn't really matter in the Pac-12. Barring a complete collapse from at least three of the top four teams, the Pac-12 is out of the national title hunt.
After Stanford fell to USC -- a week after handing Oregon its first defeat -- the Pac-12 is on the outside looking in, with Oregon the top conference team at No. 5.
Alabama is No. 1, Florida State is No. 2, Ohio State is No. 3 and Baylor is No. 4.
If Alabama and FSU win out, they will play for the title. It's possible -- likely? -- that the Pac-12 champion will face Ohio State, the Big Ten champion, in the Rose Bowl, which will, at least, give the Pac-12 a good bowl matchup in its only BCS game.
Yes, that's the likely reality now: For the first time since 2009, the Pac-12 will have only one BCS bowl team.
As far as the BCS standings as a whole, Stanford fell to No. 9. UCLA is No. 14 and Arizona State is No. 17. UCLA and ASU play in a big South Division matchup on Saturday. USC, now 5-1 under interim coach Ed Orgeron, broke into the rankings at No. 23 and is still a potential factor in the South.
So that's five ranked Pac-12 teams and eight Pac-12 teams already bowl eligible -- but no team with much of a chance to play for the national title.