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BCS Rankings, Week 12: Auburn Gaining On Oregon, Boise St. Baring Down On TCU

The computers have spoken, uttering forth this week’s BCS top 25 rankings. The Oregon Ducks and Auburn Tigers are still in line to play in the BCS National Championship, with the Tigers only .06 of a point behind Oregon. But a slip by either could permit the Boise St. Broncos to crash the biggest party. Though the Broncos remain in fourth behind the TCU Horned Frogs, Boise has gained the inside track, sneaking into third place in both human polls.

With only one game left — and that game against the New Mexico Lobos, one of the nation’s worst teams — TCU has to hope for a Boise loss. The Broncos will pass TCU if the Broncos dominate what’s now a very big game against the Nevada Wolf Pack, suddenly the nation’s No. 18 team. That would give Boise three wins over teams ranked at game time. Couple that with the fact that they’ve obliterated every inferior opponent they’ve played, and the undefeated Broncos would at least be a strong consideration against a one-loss SEC champion.

TCU’s five-point win over the San Diego St. Aztecs, which dropped them in the eyes of both the AP Poll and USA Today Coaches’ Poll, may have killed their national title chances.

  1. Oregon Ducks
  2. Auburn Tigers
  3. Boise St. Broncos
  4. TCU Horned Frogs
  5. LSU Tigers
  6. Stanford Cardinal
  7. Wisconsin Badgers
  8. Nebraska Cornhuskers
  9. Ohio St. Buckeyes
  10. Oklahoma St. Cowboys
  11. Alabama Crimson Tide
  12. Michigan St. Spartans
  13. Arkansas Razorbacks
  14. Oklahoma Sooners
  15. Missouri Tigers
  16. Virginia Tech Hokies
  17. South Carolina Gamecocks
  18. Nevada Wolf Pack
  19. Texas A&M Aggies
  20. Iowa Hawkeyes
  21. Mississippi St. Bulldogs
  22. Arizona Wildcats
  23. Utah Utes
  24. Miami Hurricanes
  25. Florida St. Seminoles

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