Auburn, LSU remain in BCS top 5

For all those people who yearn for a playoff in college football, it’s down to a two-game playoff for Auburn if the Tigers are going to play for a national championship this season.

The latest BCS standings were released Sunday night, and Auburn remained a very solid No. 2 behind No. 1 Oregon.

The Tigers (11-0, 7-0) are off this week, but then have Alabama on the road on Nov. 26 and the SEC championship game against South Carolina on Dec. 4.

If they win those two games, nobody’s going to catch them. They will play in their first BCS National Championship Game.

A loss in either game, however, will knock Auburn out of the national championship race.

LSU (9-1, 5-1) stayed No. 5 this week in the BCS standings and is still within striking distance if a couple of teams lose. LSU, the highest one-loss team in the BCS standings, has an average computer ranking of No. 3 this week, which is a big help.

What the Tigers need to do now is move up a couple of spots in the two human polls. They’re No. 6 this week in both the Harris poll and USA Today coaches poll.

Closed out of the SEC championship game, LSU is going to need both Auburn and Oregon to lose to have any shot at climbing into one of those top two spots in the final BCS standings.

LSU faces Ole Miss at home this Saturday and then closes the regular season with a trip to Little Rock to take on Arkansas.

If Auburn does lose and LSU wins out, it’s going to be interesting to see if the voters in the two human polls move LSU ahead of Auburn even though Auburn won the head-to-head meeting back in October.