Monday, November 14, 2011
Boise St and Stanford losses shake up BCS
By Gregg Found
Ezra Shaw/Getty ImagesThe latest BCS standings feature a lot of changes in the top 10 after the Stanford Cardinal and Boise State Broncos suffered their first losses.
LaMichael James runs for one of his three touchdowns in Oregon's win over Stanford
The Cardinal fall five spots to number nine after getting handled convincingly by the Oregon Ducks in Palo Alto. Despite the loss, they are still in position to make a BCS game as an at-large bid. The Ducks, meanwhile, jump up three spots to number four.
The Broncos also drop five spots -- to number 10 -- after their dramatic loss to the TCU Horned Frogs. The Broncos no longer control their destiny in the Mountain West, needing help to make it to a BCS bowl game. Also not helping is the fact that their schedule the rest of the way is less than impressive – closing with the San Diego State Aztecs (6-3), Wyoming Cowboys (6-3) and New Mexico Lobos (1-9).
The Horned Frogs are rewarded for upsetting Boise State by making their season debut in the standings at number 19.
At the top of the standings, LSU remains number one for the fifth straight week and seventh total week in school history. The only teams that have spent more time atop the standings are Oklahoma (20), USC (15) and Ohio State (15).
The Tigers are the sixth team to hold the number one spot in the BCS for the first five weeks. Only two of those previous five teams went on to win the national title.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys and Alabama Crimson Tide remain two and three in the BCS respectively. The Oklahoma Sooners did not play this week, but move up to number five. The Sooners have spent 48 weeks in the top 5 -- most in BCS history.
Case Keenum and the Houston Cougars remain unbeaten, but stay at number 11.