Pac-12: AP Poll
Auburn eclipsed the Ducks in the AP poll. Oregon remained No. 1 with the Coaches Poll, which counts in the BCS standings, but the Tigers added 14 first-place votes.
What that means is the Tigers almost certainly will finish No. 1 in the BCS standings ahead of the No. 2 Ducks. They then can decided the matter on the field in the BCS national title game on Jan. 10 in Glendale, Ariz.
Oregon had been No. 1 in the AP poll for the past seven weeks. The Tigers whipped South Carolina 56-17 in Atlanta to finish 13-0. The Ducks are 12-0 after dumping the rival Beavers 37-20.
Auburn got 36 first-place votes in the AP poll, Oregon 23 and unbeaten TCU one. In the coaches poll, Oregon got 34 first-place votes, Auburn 24. The Tigers finished 13 points behind the Ducks.
Stanford remained No. 5 in both polls but it is expected to retain its No. 4 BCS ranking over Wisconsin, which is fourth in both polls, in the final BCS standings, which would guarantee the Cardinal an invitation to a BCS bowl, either the Orange (most likely) or Fiesta (still possible).
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
If the coaches are correct, we'll have Georgia and USC squaring off in Miami on Jan. 8, which would be great fun.
Of course, both face big tests early: Ohio State visits USC on Sept. 13 and Georgia visits Arizona State on Sept. 20. That's a lot of Pac-10 front-and-center, with much of the college football nation probably rooting for the Buckeyes and Trojans to achieve mutually assured destruction.
SEC media, by the way, picked Florida to win the Eastern Division over the Bulldogs, whom they play on Nov. 1 in a game it's difficult to believe won't have national title implications.
The top 5 to me seems strong (3. Ohio State; 4. Oklahoma; 5. Florida). I'd say the odds are fairly good that the two teams that eventually emerge will be from that group, though I'd throw No. 7 Missouri in there, too, with a dark horse nod to Texas Tech, despite its cowardly nonconference schedule.
The placement of other Pac-10 teams was not unreasonable, with Arizona State at No. 16 and Oregon at No. 20. The Sun Devils likely were hurt by their performance against Texas in the Holiday Bowl and big questions about their offensive line.
My suggestion: Beat Georgia. That would boost the ranking.
I picked Oregon second in the Pac-10, so I'd have them higher, but a preseason top-20 ranking for a team replacing its starting quarterback, tailback and a pair of defensive tackles isn't so bad.
California, Oregon State, UCLA and Arizona each received votes, meaning seven Pac-10 teams rated among the nation's top-52 in the coaches' minds.
For what that's worth.