ATLANTA GA - DECEMBER 04: Quarterback Cam Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers leads the team out to face the South Carolina Gamecocks during the 2010 SEC Championship at Georgia Dome on December 4 2010 in Atlanta Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Final BCS Rankings: Auburn, Oregon Top Last Standings Of 2010

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Final BCS Rankings: Analysis Of The Last Standings Of 2010

The nice thing about Auburn and Oregon having a massive lead on TCU in the final BCS rankings is that it leaves no one wondering what might have been. Both the Ducks and Tigers played difficult schedules and vanquished every foe; they did at least as much as TCU did by any standard, and definitely did more by the BCS' standards. And so we get a BCS National Championship Game between two well-matched undefeated teams — which makes the BCS seem to "work" — even though it only really does in years with two undefeated teams and a host of one-loss teams.

Oklahoma and Arkansas jumping Michigan State should tell us something about how highly the BCS computers thought of the Big 12 and SEC. Those two conferences dominated both the human polls and the computer rankings all year, and place 10 teams in the top 21 of the final BCS rankings. And although the relative positioning of Oklahoma and Arkansas doesn't matter much here, it's fairly clear that strength of schedule helped both teams, with multiple losses, jump the barely tested Spartans.

Finally, Connecticut being unranked means that the BCS rankings just don't like teams that lose to Temple. It also means Connecticut will be the first team to play in a BCS bowl game without being ranked in the final BCS rankings. The previous lowest-ranked teams to play in a BCS bowl game were Pac-10 champion Stanford in the 2000 Rose Bowl and ACC champion Florida State in the 2006 Orange Bowl: both were ranked 22nd in the final BCS standings.


Final BCS Rankings: Auburn Finishes 2010 On Top Of Standings

In the final BCS rankings of the 2010 season, the SEC's best team is, once again, the best team in the nation.

After finishing an undefeated season with a 56-17 destruction of South Carolina in the SEC Championship Game, the Auburn Tigers take the top spot in the final BCS standings, and earn a berth in the BCS National Championship Game, where they will meet the second-ranked Oregon Ducks.

That game in Glendale will be the crown jewel of the 2010 bowl schedule, and was the last bowl selection not officially announced. But the rest of the BCS rankings set up the other BCS bowl games nicely.

Auburn and Oregon are followed in the top five by TCU, Stanford, and Wisconsin. This means that TCU, Stanford and Wisconsin all have automatic BCS berths; the Cardinal will head to the Orange Bowl, where they will play Virginia Tech, while TCU and Wisconsin have a date in the Rose Bowl.

Further down in the rankings, Ohio State and Arkansas both look good for their prospective Sugar Bowl date as at-large teams, while Connecticut failed to sneak into the top 25 of the BCS standings before its Fiesta Bowl date with Oklahoma.

Full final BCS rankings as follows:

  1. Auburn
  2. Oregon
  3. TCU
  4. Stanford
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Ohio State
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Arkansas
  9. Michigan State
  10. LSU
  11. Boise State
  12. Missouri
  13. Virginia Tech
  14. Oklahoma State
  15. Nevada
  16. Alabama
  17. Texas A&M
  18. Nebraska
  19. Utah
  20. South Carolina
  21. Mississippi State
  22. West Virginia
  23. Florida State
  24. Hawaii
  25. Central Florida

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Final BCS Rankings: Last Standings Of 2010 Should Have Auburn, Oregon On Top

This year may bring one of the tightest finishes in the final BCS rankings in the history of the Bowl Championship Series. And it won't matter.

That's because big wins yesterday in the SEC Championship Game and Civil War basically locked up Auburn and Oregon's berths in the BCS National Championship Game, and the only thing left to wonder is which team will get to wear its home uniforms.

Our BCS expert has projected Auburn will be number one in the final BCS rankings, meaning the Tigers would hold onto the slim lead they took in the Week 14 BCS rankings.

And while that sets up a BCS National Championship Game with Auburn as the "home" team and Oregon forced to raid the other side of its closet of flourescent green and yellow outfits, it does nothing to change an outcome that has seemed inevitable since the midpoint of the 2010 college football season: the irresistible forces of Cam Newton and Oregon's "blur" offense will meet in Glendale for a national title.

It will be fun, no doubt, with the prospective Heisman Trophy winner and highest-scoring offense in the country meeting in the BCS National Championship Game. But it better be fun to make up for the relative paucity of drama that a season with multiple undefeated teams affords.

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