BCS Rankings, Week 15: Alabama, Not Oklahoma State, To Play LSU

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 03: Tyrann Mathieu #7 of the LSU Tigers celebrates after earning the MVP trophy in their 42-10 win over the Georgia Bulldogs during the 2011 SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 3, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Oklahoma State's demolition of Oklahoma was not enough to put them over Alabama in the final BCS rankings of the regular season, setting up a rematch between the Crimson Tide and the LSU Tigers in the national title game.

What was a sure thing got a whole lot more uncertain when Oklahoma State dismantled Oklahoma 44-10 on Saturday. The Alabama Crimson Tide were considered the heavy favorites to face the LSU Tigers in the BCS National Championship Game heading into this past weekend, before the Cowboys gave pollsters plenty to think about. Ultimately it wasn't enough, however, with the top three teams in the final BCS rankings of the regular season looking exactly the same from the week before: No. 1 LSU, No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Oklahoma State.

Alabama and LSU will meet in New Orleans for a rematch of their Nov. 5 meeting in Tuscaloosa. The Tigers won the first round, 9-6 in a game that featured no shortage of defense.


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Boise State finished in the top 10, but will not play in a BCS bowl game. The Broncos ended the regular season at No. 7, but were passed over for an at-large bid.

  BCS Harris Poll USA Today Computer Rankings
RK TEAM AVG PVS RK PTS % RK PTS % AVG A&H RB CM KM JS PW %
1 LSU 1.0000 1 1 2875 1.0000 1 1475 1.0000 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1.000
2 Alabama .9419 2 2 2723 .9471 2 1399 .9485 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 .930
3 Oklahoma State .9333 3 3 2654 .9231 3 1367 .9268 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 .950
4 Stanford .8476 4 4 2504 .8710 4 1286 .8719 5 4 4 5 8 10 7 .800
5 Oregon .7901 9 5 2372 .8250 5 1232 .8353 8 12 5 8 10 9 6 .710
6 Arkansas .7687 8 7 2163 .7523 7 1112 .7539 5 7 8 12 5 4 4 .800
7 Boise State .7408 7 6 2236 .7777 6 1128 .7647 9 9 6 7 12 12 8 .680
8 Kansas State .6827 11 10 1733 .6028 10 878 .5953 4 5 7 4 4 5 5 .850
9 South Carolina .6553 12 9 1833 .6376 9 971 .6583 10 8 12 11 9 8 9 .670
10 Wisconsin .6374 15 8 2060 .7165 8 1085 .7356 14 15 10 15 16 19 12 .460
11 Virginia Tech .5190 5 11 1498 .5210 11 835 .5661 13 13 11 13 14 21 17 .470
12 Baylor .4977 17 16 1228 .4271 16 599 .4061 11 10 17 10 6 7 11 .660
13 Michigan .4794 16 12 1447 .5033 12 789 .5349 15 11 16 9 19 22 18 .400
14 Oklahoma .4603 10 19 933 .3245 19 437 .2963 7 6 9 6 7 6 10 .760
15 Clemson .4218 20 14 1351 .4699 14 657 .4454 16 19 15 18 20 17 13 .350
16 Georgia .4119 14 18 1095 .3809 18 538 .3647 12 14 20 16 11 11 14 .490
17 Michigan State .3883 13 13 1428 .4967 13 735 .4983 21 20 13 21 24 24 22 .170
18 TCU .3869 18 15 1245 .4330 15 631 .4278 17 22 14 19 23 18 15 .300
19 Houston .3504 6 17 1132 .3937 17 542 .3675 18 16 19 14 21 25 19 .290
20 Nebraska .2606 19 20 717 .2494 20 402 .2725 19 17 18 17 25 23 20 .260
21 Southern Miss .1918 24 21 711 .2473 21 366 .2481 24 0 22 22 0 0 16 .080
22 Penn State .1305 21 23 383 .1332 23 189 .1281 23 21 21 20 0 0 23 .130
23 West Virginia .1233 23 22 522 .1816 22 278 .1885 25 0 0 24 0 0 0 .000
24 Texas .0876 22 25 6 .0021 NR 1 .0007 19 18 0 23 13 13 24 .260
25 Auburn .0584 NR 24 15 .0052 -- -- -- 21 25 24 0 17 14 21 .170

For the full lineup of postseason games, head over to our 2011 College Football Bowls StoryStream.

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