Sunday, November 24, 2013
BCS: 5 Pac-12 teams ranked, no contenders
By Kevin Gemmell
Move it along. Nothing to see here.
The Pac-12’s interest in the BCS standings is minimal, since the Vizio BCS National Championship no longer has an interest in the Pac-12.
Oh, how fortunes have swayed the past three weeks. The Pac-12 was already on the outside of the national championship game with Oregon at No. 5 last week and questions swirling about whether the league would have an at-large team. But the Ducks’ 42-16 loss to Arizona eliminates the league from the national championship picture and all but assures that the Pac-12 will have only one team playing in a BCS bowl game for the first time since 2009.
That BCS team will be either Stanford or Arizona State, which locked up their respective divisions this past weekend -- ASU with a win over UCLA and Stanford by beating Cal and holding the tiebreaker over Oregon. The teams will play in the Pac-12 championship game, with the winner earning an automatic berth in the Rose Bowl presented by Vizio.
In the latest BCS standings released Sunday night, Stanford moved up from ninth to No. 8 this week, while Oregon tumbled from fifth to No. 13. The Sun Devils enjoyed a jump from 17th to 12th, while UCLA slid from 14th to 22nd. USC stayed at No. 23.
So that’s five Pac-12 teams in the Top 25 and nine bowl-eligible teams. Say this for the Pac-12: It has some depth.
Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State continue to hold the top three spots. Baylor’s stumble from fourth to ninth moves Auburn into No. 4 and Missouri to No. 5.