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Sunday, October 30, 2011
LSU atop BCS standings for third week

By Steve Glasser

For the third straight week, the LSU Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide hold the top two spots in the BCS standings. Both teams had byes last week and now get ready for a showdown in Tuscaloosa on November 5th. This will be the fifth regular-season meeting between a top ranked and second ranked BCS team.

The three straight weeks that LSU has been number one in the BCS standings is the longest such streak in school history.

The Oklahoma State Cowboys stayed at number three, their highest ever position in the BCS standings. This is the third time the Cowboys have ever been in the top five of the BCS standings, with all three coming in the past three weeks.

With its overtime win over USC on Saturday, the Stanford Cardinal moved up two spots from sixth to fourth in the standings. That's tied for Stanford's highest ever position in the BCS standings (twice at number four in BCS last season).

The Boise State Broncos dropped from four to five despite having a bye week. This marked the second straight season the Broncos have fallen a spot in the third releasing of the BCS standings despite not losing (last year dropped from three to four).

The Oklahoma Sooners moved up three spots to number six after falling six spots the previous week. The Sooners have been outside the top five of the BCS standings in 16 of last 18 times the standings have been released.

Another team that moved up three spots is the Arkansas Razorbacks who come in at seven. This is the fifth straight BCS standings that Arkansas has been in the top 10 dating back to last season (longest streak in school history).

The Oregon Ducks fell a spot to number eight despite a 15-point win over Washington State. It's the second straight season the Ducks have dropped in the BCS standings during a week despite not losing a game that week (were jumped for the number one spot by Auburn and dropped to number two in BCS). Oregon plays at Stanford on November 12th and with road wins next Saturday both teams could come into the game undefeated in Pac-12 play.

The South Carolina Gamecocks and Nebraska Cornhuskers come in at nine and 10 respectively. It's the Gamecocks' highest position in the BCS standings since 2007 (sixth in opening standings). This is the first time since 2005 that no Big Ten team has appeared in the top five of the BCS standings in any of the first three releases.

After double-digit losses Saturday, Clemson, Kansas State and Michigan State each dropped six spots in the standings and Wisconsin fell five spots after losing for the second straight week. Clemson and Kansas State had been ranked fifth and eighth respectively last week.