BCS: Stanford enters the top 10
The Pac-12 came out of a wild and crazy college football Saturday with six teams still in the BCS standings and two in the top 10. It is the third time this year that the Pac-12 has placed at least two teams in the BCS top 10.
The conference leader in the BCS standings is still Oregon, but the Ducks drop to No. 5 after a 17-14 overtime loss to Stanford. Chip Kelly and Co. aren't completely out of the national championship hunt or the Pac-12 Football Championship Game picture, but the Ducks no longer control their own destiny. The loss snapped a 13-game winning streak for Oregon, which last lost to USC 38-35 in Autzen last November. Oregon now needs to beat Oregon State in the Civil War and for Stanford to lose at UCLA in order to play for the Pac-12 title.
Oregon moves down three spots; Stanford jumps up five spots. Jordan Williamson's redemption propelled Stanford to what many considered an unfathomable victory in Eugene, and as a result, the Cardinal is now No. 8 in the BCS standings. It is the first time this year that Stanford has cracked the BCS top 10, but the second time this year the Cardinal has beat a team that was in the top two of either the AP Top 25 or BCS standings (Stanford beat AP No. 2 USC on the third weekend of the regular season). The theme for Stanford stays the same: Win and in. If the Cardinal takes care of business in the Rose Bowl against UCLA next weekend, then the Bruins will make a return trip to The Farm for the Pac-12 Championship on Nov. 30.
Despite the Beavers scoring the most points they have all season, Oregon State moves up just one slot to No. 15 after a 62-14 blowout victory over Cal. Sean Mannion returned to the starting lineup and it looked like he never left, throwing for 325 yards and four touchdown passes. Terron Ward did his thing on the ground as well, rushing for 128 and two scores. Up next is Oregon in the Civil War, a game you can catch on the Pac-12 Networks next Saturday at noon Pacific. Beat the Ducks and Nicholls State, and there's a chance that Oregon State finds itself in a BCS bowl.
UCLA can also find itself in a BCS bowl, but for sure the Bruins will be playing for the Pac-12 Championship thanks to a 38-28 victory over USC that clinched the Pac-12 South. Unfortunately, no upward movement in the BCS standings as UCLA remains at No. 17. The question now becomes, "Where will the Bruins play on Nov. 30?" The scenarios: If the Bruins lose to Stanford, it's a trip up to the Bay Area six days later. If the Bruins beat Stanford and Oregon beats Oregon State, UCLA will travel to Eugene for the second consecutive year. If UCLA loses to Stanford and Oregon loses to Oregon State, then Stanford might as well make a week out of it in Pasadena.
Arizona reappears in the BCS standings at No. 24 after a 34-24 win over Utah in Salt Lake City. Wildcat tailback Ka'Deem Carey collected 204 yards rushing on Saturday, making him the nation's leading rusher at 1585 yards on the season. With the loss, the Utes will not be bowl eligible for the first time since 2002. Arizona, which became bowl eligible last week against Colorado, looks for its eighth win of the season on Friday when the 'Cats host the rival Sun Devils at Arizona Stadium. If Arizona wins that matchup, the team closes out the regular season with an 8-4 record, mirroring 2011's 4-8 finish. Not bad for RichRod's first season, eh?
Even after a 38-3 victory over Colorado, Washington remains at No. 25. Keith Price tied a school record by throwing five touchdown passes, giving him 16 on the season. The Huskies survived a brutal first two-thirds of the season schedule and have now won four straight games, including two straight on the road for the first time in two years. A win against the Cougars in the Apple Cup would put Washington at eight wins, which would be the most for the program since 2001.
Here are the BCS standings in their entirety:
- Notre Dame
- Kansas State
- Texas A&M
- Florida State
- South Carolina
- Oregon State
- Oklahoma State
- Boise State
- Kent State