Stanford's convincing Thursday night win over the Ducks
knocked Oregon down to No. 6. (Ezra Shaw
Thanks to an untimely loss on a huge Thursday-night stage, Oregon's BCS title chances look pretty dim.
The Ducks tumbled all the way to No. 6 in the latest BCS rankings after dropping a rivalry game with Stanford last week. Ohio State replaced Oregon at No. 3 -- just behind No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Florida State -- while Stanford (4) and Baylor (5) rounded out the top five.
The complete BCS standings:
2. Florida State
3. Ohio State
10. South Carolina
11. Texas A&M
12. Oklahoma State
14 Fresno State
15 Northern Illinois
16. Michigan State
19. Arizona State
A few thoughts:
• Only a few weeks ago, Stanford's hope for a national title berth looked lost after its 27-21 road loss to unranked Utah on Oct. 12. That narrative has shifted after the Cardinal convincingly beat the Ducks -- they've now hopped Oregon in the BCS standings and sit as the highest-ranked one-loss team. Stanford would need some help for a shot at Pasadena, of course, but a berth in the BCS title game isn't as unlikely as many thought for coach David Shaw's program.
• Despite criticism of a soft Big Ten schedule, Ohio State now sits just outside both Alabama and Florida State at No. 3 in the BCS. The Buckeyes enjoyed a bye this past weekend, but Oregon's loss pushed Urban Meyer's crew up one spot in the rankings. That movement could be short-lived, however; Ohio State boasts a fairly unimpressive remaining schedule with games against Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. Don't be surprised if a team like Baylor threatens the Buckeyes' spot in the rankings. The Bears still must face No. 12 Oklahoma State in a big conference matchup sandwiched between games against Texas Tech and TCU.
• Don't look now, but here come the Longhorns
. Once thought to be dead in the water after dropping two of its first three games, Texas suddenly looks alive after reeling off six straight wins. More importantly, the 'Horns currently sit atop the Big 12 standings. We'll see if this ride can continue for Mack Brown
's team after it faces No. 12 Oklahoma State this coming weekend.