BCS standings: A good week for Oregon and Houston
It was a bad weekend for Stanford and Boise State but not for Oregon and Houston.
Losses by Stanford and Boise State likely knocked the Cardinal and Broncos out of national title contention. Stanford can still win out and make a major bowl but Boise State’s chances are likely doomed.
There are only three undefeated teams left: Louisiana State, Oklahoma State and Houston.
LSU and Oklahoma State solidified their spots at the top of the Bowl Championship Series standings on Sunday.
LSU remained first this week with a BCS average of .9933 while Oklahoma State is second at .9642.
It can be safely said the Tigers and Cowboys, if they finish undefeated, will play Jan. 9 in New Orleans for the BCS title.
Alabama is third with a BCS average of .9099, followed by Oregon at .8755. The Ducks jumped three BCS spots this week after a 53-30 victory over Stanford on Saturday.
Oklahoma moved up to No. 5 this week, followed by Arkansas, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Stanford and Boise State.
Houston (10-0) is No. 11 in the BCS and in prime position to snag the BCS bowl bid that seemingly was Boise State’s to lose.
An automatic bid is guaranteed to the highest non-automatic qualifying conference champion finishing in the top 12.
Boise State, which lost to Texas Christian, might end up ranked higher than Houston in the final standings but it might not be a conference champion.
TCU needs only to defeat Colorado State and UNLV at home to claim the Mountain West title.
Houston needs three more victories to finish 13-0 and secure a likely bid to the Sugar Bowl.
Photo: When Oregon took down quarterback Andrew Luck and Stanford, 53-30, on Saturday, it put the Ducks back in the BCS picture. Credit: Beck Diefenbach / Reuters