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Week 12 BCS Rankings: LSU Stays No. 1

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With Stanford and Boise State falling from the ranks of the unbeaten on Saturday the BCS picture is now a lot more clear. LSU and Oklahoma State, the nation's last two undefeated teams in a BCS conference, sit 1-2 in this week's BCS rankings. Houston, that nation's third unbeaten, was unable to leap Boise State as the nation's highest rated non-automatic qualifier, which would assure them of a BCS bowl bid if the season ended today:

 

1 LSU

 

2 Oklahoma State

 

3 Alabama

 

4 Oregon

 

5 Oklahoma

 

6 Arkansas

 

7 Clemson

 

8 Virginia Tech

 

9 Stanford

 

10 Boise State

 

11 Houston

 

12 South Carolina

 

13 Kansas State

 

14 Georgia

 

15 Michigan State

 

16 Nebraska

 

17 Wisconsin

 

18 Michigan

 

19 TCU

 

20 Southern Miss

 

21 Penn State

 

22 Baylor

 

23 Texas

 

24 Auburn

 

25 Florida State

 

The Big Ten sees no teams in the top 14, but Michigan State (No. 15), Nebraska (No. 16), Wisconsin (No. 17) and Michigan (No. 18) are all bunched together.

Sitting in the prime No. 3 spot, just waiting for Oklahoma State or LSU to fall, is Alabama, whose lone loss was a 9-6 loss to No. 1 LSU. Oregon's victory over previously unbeaten Stanford was not enough to earn the Ducks a spot above the Crimson Tide, as they had to settle for No. 4

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