ESPN has released the Week 12 BCS rankings on its BCS Countdown show, and though the top two teams haven't changed, there is intrigue just below them.
Once again, Oregon ranks first in all of the college football polls, claiming the top spot in the USA Today coaches poll, the AP Poll, and the BCS standings, and Auburn comes in second in all of those rankings. Oregon and Auburn are still in control of their destinies. Both schools can play for a national title in the BCS National Championship Game by winning out.
Then comes the interesting part: Boise State does not jump TCU, but closes the gap on the Horned Frogs, cutting last week's difference between third and fourth in half. With a ranked Nevada team and two other games left on the schedule, the Broncos might well jump past TCU and to the Rose Bowl berth that being the top-ranked team from a non-automatically qualifying conference would earn them.
Also, as an indication of how static the week in college football was: the top 10 remained exactly the same from last week, the first time in 10 years that has happened.
We'll have more analysis as the night wears on.
Full standings are as follows:
- Boise State
- Ohio State
- Oklahoma State
- Michigan State
- Virginia Tech
- South Carolina
- Texas A&M
- Mississippi State
- Florida State