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BCS Rankings: Oregon At No. 1, Boise State Closing On TCU

It’s only a matter of time before the Boise State Broncos jump into third place in the BCS rankings. After an easy win over Fresno State this week, the Broncos closed the gap on No. 3 TCU, sitting just .0135 points behind the Horned Frogs. A Friday night matchup against No. 18 Nevada awaits BSU and a win should vault them past TCU.

Oregon and Auburn remained at No. 1 and No. 2 respectively in this week's BCS rankings. Both teams were on a bye this week and return to action with matchups against top-25 teams next week. Auburn battles the Alabama Crimson Tide in a pivotal Iron Bowl matchup while Oregon hosts the No. 21 Arizona Wildcats.

Joining Oregon in the rankings were Arizona, at No. 21, and the Stanford Cardinal, at No. 6 again this week. The Cardinal are just over four hundredths of a point behind No. 5 LSU. With two games to go, the top three teams in the Pac-10 continue to make a strong showing in the BCS rankings.

Only a slip-up against either Oregon State or Arizona will keep the Ducks out of the BCS national championship game this year. The Ducks have all but assured themselves of a Pac-10 title, but at this point Oregon has its sights set on a bigger prize. Stanford is in a prime position to snag a second BCS bowl bid, should they win out. A traditional Rose Bowl pairing, pitting a Pac-10 team against a Big Ten team, would be the ideal situation for not only the Cardinal, but the Pac-10 as a whole.