College Football Rankings, Week 10: AP Top-25, Coaches Poll Feature Three Pac-10 Teams

College football rankings for the week. A look at the Pac-10 teams ranked and what it means for our Washington schools.

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BCS Rankings: Upsets That Could Change The Top 10

Who’s on upset alert this weekend and what could some of the weekend’s matchups do to the BCS rankings? The top 2 should stay the same, with Auburn getting the week off by taking on Chatanooga and Oregon taking on Washington without star quarterback Jake Locker. However, the third spot is up for grabs with this weekend’s mid-major survival of the fittest contest between the Utah Utes and TCU Horned Frogs. With a loss, TCU is sure to drop, but the question becomes will Utah jump Boise in the standings with a win. Utah was inching closer to the Broncos and a win seems likely to push them into the number three spot.

For Oregon and Auburn, the mid-major fighting puts them in an even more powerful position. For now, TCU sits in third, still a comfortable margin behind Auburn. With two of the top 5 beating up on each other, we’re sure to see some kind of rankings shakeup. There’s a top 5 spot up for grabs and Alabama is licking their chops, ready to place themselves back into the BCS picture.

The Crimson Tide take on LSU in a battle of top 10 teams in the SEC. A win by Alabama assures them a place in the top-5 in next week’s BCS rankings, perhaps allowing them to leapfrog multiple teams on the strength of their schedule. A loss, however, opens the door for Nebraska and Oklahoma to jump into the top 5 and back into the national title picture.

With two games pitting top 10 teams against each other, one of which features the No. 3 and No. 5 teams in the nation, the top half of the BCS standings are sure to see a shakeup next week.


College Football Rankings, Week 10: Washington To Visit AP, Coaches And BCS No. 1 Oregon

The Oregon Ducks are No. 1 in the BCS rankings for the first time and will celebrate by welcoming the Washington Huskies to Autzen Stadium on Saturday. The Ducks, number one in the AP, Coaches and Harris Polls leapfrogged the Auburn Tigers to take the top spot in the third BCS rankings of the year yesterday. It only took a few weeks, but we have a consensus No. 1 in college football, and they reside right here in the Northwest.

The Huskies face a tough task in solving the Oregon Ducks. USC tried last weekend and failed down the stretch to stop the Ducks’ potent offense. If the Huskies were to win — considering the games they’ve played the last two weeks against Arizona and Stanford — it would be a huge upset with bragging rights for an eternity.

The Huskies and Washington State Cougars are no stranger to taking on ranked opponents. The Huskies are enduring the same gauntlet the Cougars just finished against Pac-10 teams ranking in the BCS. No. 13 Stanford and No. 15 Arizona make it an even three in the top-15 of the BCS rankings. The Cougars took on those three in consecutive games earlier this year and the Huskies just finished with Arizona and Stanford before moving on to Oregon to round-out the trio this weekend.

With the Pac-10 looking strong at the top and the Ducks taking the pole-position for the BCS National Championship game, every week is going to be tough in this conference. For the Huskies, it makes their rivalry with Oregon even more fierce.


BCS Rankings: Non-BCS Conferences Reign Supreme

While the top 2 flip-flopped in the BCS rankings this week, the real action came behind them. The Oregon Ducks, on the back of a resounding win over the USC Trojans, jumped Auburn to take the No. 1 spot in the BCS. A look at the rest of the top 5 reveals a bit of a coup, however. If the big conferences have an automatic seat at the BCS table, the smaller conferences are elbowing their way into the picture.

TCU, Utah and Boise State round out the top 5. For those playing at home, that make two MWC and one WAC school hovering around that spot for the BCS national championship game. Neither the MWC or the WAC have an automatic bid into a BCS bowl game, so seeing these three teams this high in the rankings is a bit of a shock.

All three of TCU, Utah and Boise State are undefeated, but not for long. Take a picture of the rankings this week, because one of these teams will be gone in the next rankings. TCU and Utah take the field this Saturday — with ESPN’s College Gameday in tow — to determine the true pecking order in the MWC. The winner, on the strength of a quality win, could either stay ahead of BSU, in TCU’s case, or leapfrog them, in Utah’s case.

Either way, the BCS rankings have turned into Darwins for the smaller conferences, with only the strong surviving.


BCS Rankings: Oregon New No. 1, Three Pac-10 Teams In Top 15

For the third straight week there’s a new number one in the BCS rankings. With a win over the USC Trojans, the Oregon Ducks jumped the Auburn Tigers and took over the top spot, putting them in the driver's seat for a BCS national championship game berth. Oregon, first in both the Harris and USA Today Coaches Poll, moved from 8th to 2nd in the computers with its win over the Trojans and losses by Missouri and Michigan State.

The Ducks were joined in the rankings by two Pac-10 schools, just as they were in the human polls. The Stanford Cardinal, after a dominating performance against Washington yesterday, checked in at No. 13. The Arizona Wildcats were at No. 15 again this week after pulling out a win over the UCLA Bruins in Pasadena.

Auburn is still the consensus number one in the computer rankings, but Oregon is holding down the number two spot in most. The computers do have one anomaly when it comes to ranking the Ducks. The Colley Matrix computer hates Oregon, putting them at 7th behind Oklahoma, LSU and Missouri, who somehow is ranked third in their formula.

Oregon brings its shiny new No. 1 ranking to Seattle next week to take on the Washington Huskies.


College Football Rankings, Week 10: Harris Poll Mirrors Coaches Poll

The Harris Poll, one of three components in the BCS rankings, fell in line with the USA Today Coaches Poll, ranking Oregon first and Auburn second. The Tigers, undefeated in the SEC, leapfrogged the Boise State Broncos, with Auburn holding a 28 point lead. The Oregon Ducks maintained their grasp on the top spot, gathering 92 first-place votes. Auburn had 10 votes for the top spot and Boise State had 12.

TCU and Alabama, like the AP and Coaches Poll, rounded out the top 5. Boise State holds a much more comfortable lead over TCU in the Harris Poll. The Broncos established a 106 point gap between themselves and the Horned Frogs in the poll.

Stanford finds itself in the top 10 of the Harris Poll, just like the USA Today rankings. The Cardinal checked in at No. 10, up three spots from last week. They’re joined in the rankings by Pac-10 mate Arizona. The Wildcats moved up two more spots this week to No. 13. Oregon, Stanford and Arizona are the only three Pac-10 teams in the poll.

The only major shakeup in the rankings this week came when both Missouri and Michigan State were upset yesterday. The Spartans fell 11 spots to No. 16 and the Tigers fell seven spots to No. 15.

The top-ranked Ducks return to Autzen Stadium this week to take on the Washington Huskies. The Huskies are coming off an embarrassing home loss against the Stanford Cardinal yesterday. Oregon, on the other hand, picked up a big road win over USC at the Coliseum.

The BCS rankings are out later tonight and Oregon has a shot at leapfrogging Auburn for the No. 1 spot this week.


College Football Rankings, Week 10: Coaches Poll Top 25

The Oregon Ducks are still sitting pretty in the USA Today Coaches Poll, but they have a new team chasing them. Though the Auburn Tigers got close to passing Boise State for No. 2 in the AP Poll, the Tigers did it in the USA Today poll, leapfrogging what are sure to be some very unhappy Bronco fans. Oregon gathered 51 first-place votes, one more than last week. Auburn picked up four, Boise State three and the TCU Horned Frogs had one first-place vote.

Oregon won — and won convincingly down the stretch —in the Coliseum against USC last night. The Ducks moved to 8-0 for the first time since 1933 and may find themselves at No. 1 in the BCS rankings later tonight.

Around the rest of the Pac-10, Stanford checks in at No. 12, up two spots from last week. The Cardinal came to Seattle and shut out the Washington Huskies, 41-0. The Arizona Wildcats also jumped up after surviving a scare at UCLA, picking up the No. 13 ranking, three spots higher than last week. The Ducks, Cardinal and Wildcats are the clear class of the Pac-10 and are the only teams from the conference ranked.

Nevada found itself in the USA Today Coaches Poll, sliding in at No. 23 after a bounce-back win over Utah State. Baylor also moved up two spots to No. 22 after a win over Texas in a Big 12 shocker.

The BCS Rankings will be unveiled later tonight, but with Auburn moving up to No. 2 in the Coaches Poll and Oregon keeping their No. 1 spot, the Tigers and Ducks should still hold the inside track to the BCS National Championship Game. Oregon, however, may leapfrog the Tigers tonight and cement themselves as the No. 1 team in the nation in all polls.

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