College Football Rankings, Week 13: USC Says Goodbye To Top 25

USC will be unranked for the sixth time in 13 weeks this season.

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BCS Rankings: No. 1 Oregon Vs. No. 21 Arizona Highlights Week 13 Pac-10 Games

The latest BCS standings were released Sunday, and the Oregon Ducks once again sit atop the rankings. The Ducks have led the BCS standings in each of the last four weeks, after ranking second in the first two incarnations this season. The Pac-10 conference has three teams in the BCS top 25, with the No. 6 Stanford Cardinal and No. 21 Arizona Wildcats joining Oregon. Two of these teams match up next Friday, making for an exciting Thanksgiving weekend for the Pac-10.

On Friday night at 7 p.m. PST in Eugene, Oregon, the Ducks will host the Wildcats in the matchup of the week. If this game is anything like last year's matchup between these two teams, we will be in for a treat. In 2009 in Tucson, a relatively mild-mannered 17-14 game after three quarters morphed into a shootout. Four touchdowns and a field goal in the fourth quarter sent the game into overtime tied at 31-31. Then, in the second overtime, after Arizona went up by a field goal, the Ducks won on a rushing touchdown by quarterback Jeremiah Masoli.

Other games:

  • The No. 6 Stanford Cardinal host the Oregon State Beavers, who need a win against either Stanford or Oregon to become bowl eligible. Stanford will look to avenge last season's 38-28 defeat in Corvallis.
  • Washington at California: If Cal wins, they become bowl eligible. If the Huskies win, they would need one more win over Washington State to qualify for a bowl.
  • UCLA at Arizona State (Friday): The Bruins need wins in their final two games to become bowl eligible, quite a tall order.
  • Notre Dame at USC: The Trojans look for their ninth straight win against the Irish.
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BCS Rankings: Oregon Still On Top, Stanford Remains No. 6

The latest BCS standings are out, and the Pac-10 still has two teams in the top six. In the Pac-10, the top-ranked Oregon Ducks had a bye week, and the No. 6 Stanford Cardinal blew out their rival Cal Bears on the road. There were numerous close games on Saturday, but no big upsets at or near the top of the BCS standings. The highest-ranked team to lose was No. 8 Nebraska, who fell 9-6 to Texas A&M.Thanksgiving weekend features a number of contests featuring two BCS top 15 teams.

Here is a look at this week's BCS Top 15:

Rank School Next Game
1 Oregon (10-0) Friday, vs. No. 21 Arizona
2 Auburn (11-0)
Friday at No. 11 Alabama
3 TCU (11-0)
Saturday at New Mexico
4 Boise State (10-0)
Friday at No. 19 Nevada
5 LSU (10-1)
Saturday at No. 12 Arkansas
6 Stanford (10-1) Saturday vs. Oregon St
7 Wisconsin (10-1) Saturday vs. Northwestern
8 Ohio State (10-1) Saturday vs. Michigan
9 Oklahoma State (10-1)      
Saturday vs. No. 13 Oklahoma
10 Michigan State (10-1)     Saturday at Penn St
11 Alabama (9-2)
Friday vs. No. 2 Auburn
12 Arkansas (9-2) Saturday vs. No. 5 LSU
13 Oklahoma (9-2) Saturday at No. 9 Oklahoma St
14 Missouri (9-2) Saturday at Kansas
15 Nebraska (9-2)
Friday vs. Colorado

Arizona is the third Pac-10 team in the BCS top 25, at No. 21. Both Oregon and Stanford seem in line for a BCS bowl bid, which would be the first time in eight seasons that the Pac-10 had two schools play in BCS bowl games. After the 2002 season, Washington State went to the Rose Bowl, while USC played in the Orange Bowl.

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College Football Rankings, Week 13: Stanford Moves Up In Harris Poll

An impressive 48-14 win by the Stanford Cardinal was enough to move them up one spot in the latest Harris Interactive poll. Stanford moved up from eighth to seventh, swapping places with Ohio State, who struggled but won, 20-17 over Iowa. The Harris poll is used, along with the USA Today coaches poll, in determining the BCS standings.

Here is the full top 25:

1. Oregon (68 first place votes)
2. Auburn (31)
3. Boise State (14)
4. TCU (1)
5. Wisconsin
6. LSU
7. Stanford
8. Ohio State
9. Oklahoma State
10. Michigan State
11. Alabama
12. Arkansas
13. Oklahoma
14. Virginia Tech
15. Nebraska
16. Missouri
17. South Carolina
18. Texas A&M
19. Nevada
20. Utah
21. Arizona
22. Florida State
23. North Carolina State
24. Iowa
25. Mississippi State

Oregon retains the top spot, gaining three first place votes since last week. The Ducks had a bye this weekend, as did Arizona, which is the third Pac-10 team ranked in the Harris poll top 25, at number 21. Arizona moved up two spots since last week, when they were ranked 23rd.

Oregon battles Arizona on Friday in Eugene, Oregon, while Stanford battles Oregon State on Saturday night in Palo Alto. The BCS standings will be released tonight just after 5 p.m. PST on ESPN.

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BCS Rankings, Week 13: Oregon, Stanford Projected To Stay No. 1 & No. 6

The latest college football polls are out, and the BCS standings will follow later today. The Pac-10 conference is projected to still have two teams in the top six, as it attempts to have two teams in BCS bowls for the first time in eight seasons. The Oregon Ducks are expected to remain at the top of the BCS standings, while the Stanford Cardinal are expected to stay at number six.

Here is the projected BCS top 15, by the SB Nation blog BCS Evolution:

  1. Oregon Ducks
  2. Auburn Tigers
  3. TCU Horned Frogs
  4. Boise St Broncos
  5. LSU Tigers
  6. Stanford Cardinal
  7. Ohio St Buckeyes
  8. Wisconsin Badgers
  9. Oklahoma St Cowboys
  10. Alabama Crimson Tide
  11. Arkansas Razorbacks
  12. Michigan St Spartans
  13. Oklahoma Sooners
  14. Missouri Tigers
  15. Virginia Tech Hokies

Stanford drubbed Cal, 48-14 on Saturday, and although it is likely to remain sixth, the six through eight spots are expected to be bunched up. The Cardinal will likely fight with LSU and one of Ohio State or Wisconsin for two at-large berths in BCS bowls.

Stanford is ranked seventh in the AP poll, and is ranked eighth in the USA Today coaches poll. This week's Harris Interactive poll has yet to be released. The actual BCS standings will be revealed just after 5 p.m. PST tonight on ESPN.

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College Football Rankings: USC Out Of AP Poll Top 25, Oregon Remains No. 1

The latest college football polls are out, and the USC Trojans have dropped out of the top 25 as expected. The Trojans, who were ranked 20th in last week's Associated Press poll, have dropped completely out of the poll after their 36-7 drubbing Saturday night in Corvallis against Oregon State. The Pac-10 has three teams ranked in the AP top 25:

  1. Oregon (37 first place votes)
  2. Auburn (13)
  3. Boise State (10)
  4. TCU
  5. Wisconsin
  6. LSU
  7. Stanford
  8. Ohio State
  9. Alabama
  10. Oklahoma State
  11. Michigan State
  12. Arkansas
  13. Virginia Tech
  14. Oklahoma
  15. Missouri
  16. Nebraska
  17. Texas A&M
  18. South Carolina
  19. Nevada
  20. Arizona
  21. North Carolina St
  22. Florida St
  23. Utah
  24. Iowa
  25. Mississippi State

USC is in the "others receiving votes" section, ranked 29th overall with eight points. Oregon lost one first place vote to Auburn from last week, but remain in the top spot. Stanford remains at seventh, while Arizona moved up from 23rd to 20th with their easy win over their bye week. The Trojans have been ranked in the top 25 in just seven of 12 weeks this season.

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

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College Football Rankings, Week 13: Oregon Gains In USA Today Coaches Poll

The latest college football polls are out today, and the Pac-10 continues to have three teams ranked by the USA Today coaches poll. Oregon and Stanford were able to strengthen their top ten positions, as Oregon gained two first place votes from last week, and Stanford moved up from ninth to eighth. Here are is the new USA Today coaches poll top 25:

  1. Oregon (48 first place votes)
  2. Auburn (4)
  3. Boise State (5)
  4. TCU (2)
  5. Wisconsin
  6. LSU
  7. Ohio State
  8. Stanford
  9. Oklahoma State
  10. Michigan State
  11. Alabama
  12. Arkansas
  13. Oklahoma
  14. Virginia Tech
  15. Nebraska
  16. Missouri
  17. South Carolina
  18. Texas A&M
  19. Nevada
  20. Arizona
  21. Florida St
  22. Utah
  23. North Carolina St
  24. Iowa
  25. Mississippi State

Nebraska moved down from eighth to 15th after their 9-6 loss to Texas A&M. Arizona, which had a bye this week, moved up from 23rd to 20th. These three teams are the only teams in the Pac-10 currently bowl eligible, and it appears they might only be joined by one other team, as California or maybe Washington may join them. However, if both Oregon and Stanford win out, there is a decent chance the conference will have two teams in BCS bowls for just the third time in 13 seasons.

For more local college football news, and analysis, be sure to read the SB Nation blogs for USC (Conquest Chronicles) and UCLA (Bruins Nation).

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College Football Rankings Week 13: Projected BCS Standings

There were numerous close games on Saturday, but no big upsets at or near the top of the BCS standings. The highest-ranked team to lose was No. 8 Nebraska, who fell 9-6 to Texas A&M. After the college football polls are released tomorrow morning, expect there to be little change outside of perhaps No. 4 Boise State closing the gap with No. 3 TCU. In the Pac-10, the top-ranked Oregon Ducks had a bye week, and the No. 6 Stanford Cardinal blew out their rival Cal Bears on the road.

Here is a look at last week's BCS Top 15, which should see little movement at the top:

Rank School Result
1 Oregon (10-0) Bye
2 Auburn (11-0)
Bye
3 TCU (11-0)
Bye
4 Boise State (10-0)
beat Fresno St, 51-0
5 LSU (10-1)
beat Mississippi, 43-36
6 Stanford (10-1) beat Cal, 48-14
7 Wisconsin (10-1) beat Michigan, 48-28
8 Nebraska (9-2)
lost to No. 19 Texas A&M, 9-6
9 Ohio State (10-1) beat No. 20 Iowa, 20-17
10 Oklahoma State (10-1)    
beat Kansas, 48-14
11 Alabama (9-2)
beat Georgia St, 63-7
12 Michigan State (10-1) beat Purdue, 35-31
13 Arkansas (9-2) beat No. 21 Mississippi St, 38-31 (2OT)
14 Oklahoma (9-2) beat Baylor, 53-24
15 Missouri (9-2) beat Iowa St, 14-0

Expect Nebraska to move down below Arkansas after the Cornhuskers' second loss of the season. Both Oregon and Stanford seem in line for a BCS bowl bid, which would be the first time in eight seasons that the Pac-10 had two schools play in BCS bowl games. After the 2002 season, Washington State went to the Rose Bowl, while USC played in the Orange Bowl.

The official BCS standings will be released just after 5 p.m. PST Sunday on ESPN.

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College Football Rankings, Week 13: USC Can Say Goodbye To Top 25

The college football polls won't be released until Sunday morning, but the USC Trojans are a lock to fall out of the Associated Press top 25 after their 36-7 blowout loss in Corvalis against Oregon State on Saturday night. In last week's AP poll, the Trojans were ranked number 20, but with a 29-point loss they will be lucky to get a single vote in Sunday's AP poll. The Trojans are ineligible for the USA Today coaches and Harris polls.

Expect little change in the top seven of the AP poll, as all teams either won or had a bye week. The No. 8 Nebraska Cornhuskers, however, lost 9-6 to Texas A&M on Saturday night. Expect Stanford, which was ranked ninth last week, to move up after its blowout of Cal. Here was last week's AP top 10:

  1. Oregon (46 first place votes)
  2. Auburn (6)
  3. Boise State (5)
  4. TCU (2)
  5. Wisconsin
  6. LSU
  7. Ohio State
  8. Nebraska
  9. Stanford
  10. Oklahoma State

Arizona was ranked number 23 last week in the AP poll, and they had a bye week this week, so expect them to remain in the top 25, giving the Pac-10 three ranked teams in the AP poll.

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

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