Seventh BCS Rankings of 2011: LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma State Lead The Way into Season’s Final Weekend
LSU, Alabama and Oklahoma State find themselves in relatively familiar positions, the top three, which all three have occupied for many weeks this season (although Oklahoma State’s loss to Iowa State last weekend momentarily kicked them out of there).
Stanford, who finished last season at No. 4, sits there once again, with a very good shot of reaping the benefits of the position once again. If the third place team in the final BCS standings does not win its own AQ conference, it automatically receives a bid to a BCS bowl. The same goes for the fourth-place team if the third-place team is in fact an AQ conference champion. Stanford achieved that qualification last season, and if Oklahoma State beats Oklahoma next weekend, the Cardinal will once again be on its way to a BCS bowl.
No. 5 Virginia Tech has its own easy path to a BCS bowl, win the ACC championship game next weekend.
Houston can clinch its spot in a BCS bowl game with a victory in the C-USA championship game, which would assure the Cougars of being the highest-ranking non-AQ conference champion and a top-14 finish, enough to get the Cougars an automatic bid to a BCS bowl as well.
Some of those on the outside looking in, at least at this point, include No. 16 Michigan. The Wolverines, although a plenty attractive at-large team for any BCS bowl, need to enter the top 14 on the last weekend of the season to be eligible.
Just one week remains. Check out the projections from last night to see a complete list of the important games next weekend, and be sure to stay tuned to BCS Know How and @BCSKnowHow for all the latest.
Here’s the seventh BCS rankings of 2011:
BCS Standings Week Seven — November 27
|2||Alabama Crimson Tide||.9551|
|3||Oklahoma State Cowboys||.8712|
|5||Virginia Tech Hokies||.7811|
|7||Boise State Broncos||.7027|
|11||Kansas State Wildcats||.5702|
|12||South Carolina Gamecocks||.5684|
|13||Michigan State Spartans||.5369|
- BCS Know How’s Projected BCSvs. Actual BCS Rankings
- Another odd week. Thought Arkansas would drop far less than they did.
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