College Football Rankings, Week 14: Oregon Tops AP And Coaches' Polls
A look at what we'll see in the AP and Coaches' Polls tomorrow when the rankings are released. With two top-5 teams, Boise State and LSU, losing in week 13, Oregon should remain at No. 1, with Stanford jumping into the top-5.
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The BCS rankings for week 14 are out and the news is good for the Pac-10. Auburn did jump Oregon, taking the No. 1 spot in the rankings from the Ducks, but neither team is in any jeopardy of falling to third as long as each finishes the season with a win. The two are, once again, followed by TCU. The No. 3 ranking puts the Horned Frogs into the Rose Bowl, should the rankings hold for one more week. If either the Ducks or Tigers slip-up in the final week of the season, TCU is poised to jump into the BCS National Championship Game.
Stanford moved up to No. 4 this week, which should be good news for Pac-10 schools. If the Cardinal remain at No. 4 in the final rankings, and the Ducks finish undefeated, the Pac-10 will be guaranteed two BCS bowl berths. A No. 4 ranking comes with a guarantee of an at-large BCS berth. With Stanford and Wisconsin both done for the year, it appears the Cardinal have locked up a second BCS bowl for the conference.
Wisconsin, fourth in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, checks in at No. 5. The Badgers will receive a BCS bowl invitation, by way of the Big Ten’s automatic berth, no matter where they finish at this point. Ohio State, Arkansas and Michigan State, Oklahoma and LSU round out the top-10. Boise State fell to No. 11 with the loss.
The Oregon Ducks, already at No. 1 in the week 14 AP Poll, topped the USA Today Coaches’ Poll again this week. The Ducks picked up 46 of a possible 59 first-place votes, with Auburn picking up 10 and TCU snatching the final three. Again this week, Auburn trails Oregon by a slim margin, just 40 points. The top-2 have some breathing room, however, leading TCU by a comfortable margin.
The top-5 did see plenty of changes after both Boise State and LSU fell. The losses by the Broncos, at No.3, and Tigers, at No. 5, opened two spots in the top-5. Stanford and Wisconsin took advantage, taking care of business and jumping into the top-5 as a result. Wisconsin moved up to the critical No. 4 spot, up on place from last week. Stanford jumped up three spots to No. 5 with a shutout win over the Oregon State Beavers.
As they were in the AP Poll, Stanford and Oregon are the only Pac-10 teams in the top-25. Arizona, at No. 20 last week, fell out of the rankings with a loss to the Ducks. The Wildcats checked-in at No. 26, just outside of the rankings.
The Coaches’ Poll makes up one third of the BCS rankings, to be released later tonight. Auburn and Oregon should remain in the driver’s seat on the road to the BCS National Championship, with TCU waiting for a slip-up by either team. The real battle, however, will be for the critical No. 4 ranking. Stanford needs the No. 4 ranking to secure a spot in a BCS bowl, but must jump Wisconsin in the rankings. The week 14 BCS rankings will be released Sunday night.
The Oregon Ducks remained at No. 1 in the AP Top-25 for the seventh straight week. The Auburn Tigers, fresh off a comeback win over Alabama in the Iron Bowl, continued to make up ground, picking up another two first-place votes and narrowing the gap between No. 1 and No. 2 to just 19 points. TCU moved up one spot to No. 3, well behind Oregon and Auburn.
With losses by Boise State and LSU, both former top-5 teams, shaking up the rankings, Wisconsin and Stanford benefited the most. The Badgers jumped into the top-5, snatching the No. 4 spot with a convincing win over Iowa. Stanford was close behind at No. 5, just five points behind the Badgers. Boise State and LSU fell to No. 9 and No. 11, respectively.
Stanford and Oregon were the only two Pac-10 teams in the rankings, as expected. The Arizona Wildcats were ranked last week, but fell to Oregon on Friday night, 48-29. The Wildcats were just outside the top-25, checking in as the highest vote getting in the others receiving votes category.
The AP and Coaches' Polls are both due for a shake-up this week after a wild two days of action. Two teams in the top-5 fell, and when the dust settled only three teams remain unbeaten on the year. The Oregon Ducks, Auburn Tigers and TCU Horned Frogs all made it out of the weekend unscathed, but the top-2 teams did receive a scare.
It took a furious second half comeback for Auburn to stay in the BCS picture. The Tigers trailed the Alabama Crimson Tide at the half, 24-7, but came all the way back with a strong final two quarters to win, 28-27. Alabama looked completely dominant early, but it was Heisman contender Cam Newton carrying the team again, leading the Tigers to victory. Auburn heads to the SEC Championship Game to face South Carolina with a perfect season and BCS National Championship Game berth on the line.
The Oregon Ducks also started slow, trailing Arizona at the half, 19-14. As Oregon has all season, the Ducks stormed back in the second half and cruised to a 48-29 victory. The win should keep Oregon atop both polls and on the inside track to the BCS Title Game.
Boise State wasn't so fortunate. Saturday night's loss to Nevada not only ends the Bronco's run to perfection, but kills any chance of a BCS bowl berth. The question isn't if Boise will fall in the rankings, but how far. The Broncos sat at No. 3 in both polls, likely allowing TCU to jump back into the bridesmaid's seat behind the top-2.
Finally, LSU fell to Arkansas on Saturday, 31-23. The loss opens up a second spot in the top-5 as LSU was ranked No. 5 heading into the week in both polls. The biggest benefactor from both upsets this weekend should be No. 6 Stanford. The Cardinal will, in all likelihood, move up to the No. 4 spot, just behind the three unbeaten teams.
With an Arizona loss to Oregon on Friday, only two Pac-10 teams will be left standing in the top-25. However, both Stanford and Oregon are looking at a top-5 ranking, with the Ducks solidifying their grasp on the No. 1 spot in the AP and Coaches' top-25. The top of the Pac-10 is strong, but the rest of the conference continues to toil in mediocrity.