Sunday, November 13, 2011
Pac-12 BCS standings reaction
By Ted Miller
Oregon is rated fourth in the latest BCS standings, behind LSU, Oklahoma State and Alabama.
That makes the Ducks, ranked seventh last week, the second-ranked 1-loss team behind the Crimson Tide. Oklahoma is No. 5, the third 1-loss team. The Sooners were ahead of the Ducks last week.
The human polls and the computers match, by the way, all the way through the top-six teams. Oregon and Oklahoma are tied for fourth with the computers.
LSU and Oklahoma State are again tied for No. 1 in the computer polls.
Stanford fell from fourth to No. 9 in the BCS standings. No other Pac-12 team is in the top-25. USC, ranked 18th in the AP poll, isn't eligible for the BCS standings due to NCAA sanctions.
Oregon is 0.0344 behind Alabama. That's fairly substantial. For comparison's sake, LSU is .0291 ahead of Oklahoma State.
The Ducks should get a boost from playing USC on Saturday while Alabama plays Georgia Southern, an FCS team. On the downside for Oregon, it won't get a lift from the Pac-12 championship game. The South Division winner is certain to be unranked.
In other words, it seems likely Oregon would finish behind Alabama in the BCS standings unless poll voters promote the Ducks ahead of the Crimson Tide, which doesn't seem likely.
There really are no surprises in this week's BCS standings. If Oregon wins out, it's still going to need some help to get to the title game.