BCS: Three Pac-12 teams in top 10

The first BCS standings were released Sunday night and the biggest surprise came right near the top, where Oregon finds itself at No. 3 despite having been ranked No. 2 in both the AP Top 25 and USA Today Poll the last four weeks. Still plenty of time for the Ducks to surpass No. 2 Florida or No. 1 Alabama, and only one of those two SEC teams can enter the bowl season undefeated. Oregon also has to do its part, and it starts with a tough Thursday night game in Tempe against Todd Graham’s Arizona State Sun Devils.

No Mannion? No problem for Oregon State, which checks in at No. 8 after beating BYU 42-24 in Provo. Cody Vaz quelled a lot of Beavers fans’ worries with his 332-yard, three-touchdown, no-interception performance. This is the highest spot for the Beavers in the BCS since 2000. This Civil War is looking mighty juicy

USC gives the Pac-12 its third and final team in the BCS top 10 at No. 10 after beating Washington 24-14 in Seattle. With Oregon and No. 5 Notre Dame still on the schedule, the Trojans have a chance to make a serious jump in the BCS standings and be in the national title game conversation.

After a heartbreaking loss in South Bend, Stanford is No. 20 and the last of four teams from the Pac-12 to make the top 25. If it’s any consolation for Stanford fans, the Cardinal are the highest-ranked two-loss team in the BCS and one of only three two-loss teams. While it is a very far cry to No. 2 for the Cardinal, a two-loss team has made the national championship game before (and won it- LSU in 2008).

Here are the BCS standings in their entirety:

  1. Alabama
  2. Florida
  3. Oregon
  4. Kansas State
  5. Notre Dame
  6. LSU
  7. South Carolina
  8. Oregon State
  9. Oklahoma
  10. USC
  11. Georgia
  12. Mississippi State
  13. West Virginia
  14. Florida State
  15. Rutgers
  16. Louisville
  17. Texas Tech
  18. Texas A&M
  19. Clemson
  20. Stanford
  21. Cincinnati
  22. Boise State
  23. TCU
  24. Iowa State
  25. Texas