LSU tops BCS, Cowboys rise to No. 2

November, 6, 2011
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The LSU Tigers remain atop of the BCS standings for the fourth straight week, the longest such streak in school history, thanks to their overtime win on Saturday night against Alabama.

This marks the 27th time that a team from the SEC is No. 1 in the BCS, which is the second-most appearances from any conference. Since the final BCS Standings of 2007, an SEC team has either been No. 1 or No. 2 in 28 of the 29 releases.

The Oklahoma State Cowboys move up to the No. 2 spot, their highest ever position in the BCS standings. The Cowboys are the seventh different team from the Big 12 to be No. 1 or No. 2 in the BCS (at time of conference affiliation). That is the most of any of the BCS AQ conferences.

The Alabama Crimson Tide fall just one spot after their loss to No. 1 LSU. The same thing happened with the only other No. 2 team to lose in a BCS No. 1 vs No. 2 regular season matchup (Michigan in 2006). In fact none of the teams to lose in that matchup fell out of the top five of the BCS Standings the following week.

The Stanford Cardinal are No. 4 for the second straight week, heading into a showdown with No. 7 Oregon this Saturday. This is the third straight week there will be a BCS top 10 matchup. The last time there were straight weeks with at least one matchup between two top 10 teams was 2008.

The Boise State Broncos remain at No. 5 following their win over UNLV. This marks their 11th week in the top five of the BCS standings, all since 2009, and their 54th week all-time inside the BCS standings, the most of any non-AQ school.

Clemson moves up two spots to No. 9 despite a bye week, and joins fellow ACC member Virginia Tech (No. 10) in the top 10. This is first time the ACC has had two teams in the top 10 of the BCS standings since 2007. A single ACC team didn’t even crack the top 10 of the BCS standings at all last year.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers and Michigan Wolverines both fall nine spots following their losses this weekend, the largest drops of any team in the standings. This is the first time since 2000 that no Big Ten team has appeared in the top five of the BCS standings in any of the first four releases.

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