College Football Rankings, Week 15: Oregon, Stanford Gives Pac-10 Two Top-Five Teams

Both Oregon and Stanford are in BCS bowls.

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Final BCS Standings: No. 2 Oregon, No. 4 Stanford Gives Pac-10 Two Top-Four Teams

The final BCS standings have been released, and the Pac-10 has two top-four teams for the first time to end a regular season. The Oregon Ducks are ranked second, putting them in the national title game against No. 1 Auburn. The Stanford Cardinal, meanwhile, remain at No. 4. They will play in either the Fiesta or Orange Bowl, giving the Pac-10 two BCS bowl teams for the first time since the 2002 season.

The final BCS rankings are as follows:

  1. Auburn
  2. Oregon
  3. TCU
  4. Stanford
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Ohio State
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Arkansas
  9. Michigan State
  10. LSU

The Rose Bowl matchup is set, with No. 3 TCU facing No. 5 Wisconsin. It is the seventh trip to the Grandaddy of them all for the Badgers, while TCU has never played in the Rose Bowl. The final official bowl announcements will come shortly on ESPN.

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College Football Rankings: USC Will End Season Unranked In AP Poll For First Time Since 2001

The USC Trojans ended their season on a high note, beating the rival UCLA Bruins 28-14 on Saturday night to cap their season with a win. However, the 8-5 Trojans, who began the year ranked 14th, remained unranked in this week's Associated Press poll, as they have been for three straight weeks. USC will end their season unranked in the AP poll for the first time since 2001.

Year Final AP Poll
2002 4
2003 1
2004 1
2005 2
2006 4
2007 3
2008 3
2009 22

The Trojans didn't receive a single vote in this week's poll, and don't figure to gain any after bowl season, especially not enough to rejoin the top 25. The Trojans began the year ranked 14th in the AP poll, the only poll for which they were eligible this season, while facing NCAA sanctions in the wake of the Reggie Bush scandal. However, they never got higher than 14th in the AP poll, and were ranked in just seven of 15 polls this season:

Week USC Rank
Preseason 14
2 16
3 18
4 20
5 18
6 28
7 unranked
8 26
9 24
10 30
11 26
12 20
13 30
14 unranked
15 unranked

USC opens its 2011 season on September 3 at home against Minnesota, one of three straight home games to begin the campaign.

For more USC football news and analysis, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Conquest Chronicles.

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College Football Rankings, Week 15: Oregon Overtaken By Auburn, Stanford Remains In AP Poll Top 5

There were only a scant few games this weekend, but there was still movement at the top of the college football polls. The Oregon Ducks fell from their top spot in the latest Associated Press poll, while the Stanford Cardinal remained at No. 5, the same ranking held by both in the USA Today coaches poll. Auburn gained 13 first-place votes from Oregon after the Tigers' convincing SEC Championship win over South Carolina on Saturday. The two best teams in the Pac-10 this year will play in BCS bowls, to be announced later today. The Ducks are headed for Glendale, Arizona for the BCS National Championship game, while the Cardinal are headed for either the Orange Bowl (in Miami, Florida) or Fiesta Bowl (also in Glendale).

Here is the new AP top 25:

  1. Auburn (36 first place votes)
  2. Oregon (23)
  3. TCU (1)
  4. Wisconsin
  5. Stanford
  6. Ohio State
  7. Michigan State
  8. Arkansas
  9. Oklahoma 
  10. Boise State
  11. LSU
  12. Virginia Tech
  13. Nevada
  14. Missouri
  15. Alabama
  16. Oklahoma State
  17. Nebraska
  18. Texas A&M
  19. South Carolina
  20. Utah
  21. Mississippi State
  22. West Virginia
  23. Florida St
  24. Hawaii
  25. UConn

The Pac-10 has just two top 25 teams in Oregon and Stanford.

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College Football Rankings, Week 15: Oregon, Stanford Gives Pac-10 Two Top-Five Teams

The latest college football polls are out, and the Pac-10 conference is well represented at the top. The Oregon Ducks, who beat the Oregon State Beavers 37-20 in the Civil War on Saturday, remained on top of the USA Today coaches poll for the eighth straight week. The Pac-10 champion Ducks garnered 34 of 59 first-place votes, 12 fewes than last week, and will battle Auburn in the BCS National Championship Game in Glendale, Arizona in January 10, 2011. Meanwhile, the Stanford Cardinal (11-1, 8-1) remained at the No. 5 spot, as they were last week. Stanford will also go to a BCS bowl, either the Orange or Fiesta Bowl, to be announced later today.

Here is the final regular season USA Today top 25:

  1. Oregon (34 first place votes)
  2. Auburn (24)
  3. TCU (1)
  4. Wisconsin
  5. Stanford
  6. Ohio State
  7. Michigan State
  8. Oklahoma
  9. Arkansas
  10. Boise State
  11. Virginia Tech
  12. LSU
  13. Oklahoma State
  14. Missouri
  15. Nevada
  16. Nebraska
  17. Texas A&M
  18. Alabama
  19. Utah
  20. South Carolina
  21. West Virginia
  22. Mississippi State
  23. Florida St
  24. UCF
  25. Hawaii

Stanford and Oregon are the only Pac-10 teams ranked in the top 25. Arizona did receive one vote, technically putting them tied for 33rd in the coaches poll.

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