2010 BCS Standings: Stanford Remains No. 6 In BCS Standings

After Stanford destroyed Cal in The Big Game, we provide predictions for the BCS standings, as well as a look at all the polls as they're unveiled.

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2010 BCS Standings: Stanford Remains No. 6, Gains Ground On LSU

The Week 13 BCS standings were released and things fell just about as expected thanks to the Nebraska loss. The Cornhuskers loss saw Ohio State and Oklahoma State each climb one spot, while the Michigan State Spartans leapt Alabama in this week’s BCS rankings.

The Stanford Cardinal held steady at the sixth position, but did gain some ground on LSU thanks to some movement in the various component polls of the BCS. Stanford climbed a spot in the Harris Interactive College Football Poll. They also climbed in some computer rankings, but drops in other rankings left them with the same .800 rating for the computer polls. LSU dropped from .890 to .880, which combined with Stanford’s Harris increase was enough to cut into the LSU lead. LSU currently leads Stanford in the BCS rankings by .0430.

This coming week will be interesting because LSU squares off with BCS No. 12 Arkansas in a critical matchup for both teams. The losing team will potentially be eliminated from a potential BCS at large berth. Stanford has to be hoping for an Arkansas upset, which would bump Stanford up to No. 5 (with a win of their own over Oregon State) and improve their at large chances for a BCS bowl.

Here are the full BCS rankings for week 13:

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

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College Football Rankings: Stanford Leaps Ohio State In Harris Interactive Poll

As we await the release of the Week 13 BCS standings, the Stanford Cardinal have received a somewhat unexpected boost in one third of the polls that make up the BCS rankings average. The Harris Interactive College Football Poll replaced the AP poll as one third of the BCS rankings. The poll is composed of former players, coaches and administrators, as well as current and former members of the media.

In the latest edition (PDF) of the Harris Interactive Poll, Stanford has risen fro No. 8 to No. 7 thanks to a leap over the Ohio State Buckeyes. Just as important is that they find themselves only 18 points back of LSU. This somewhat unexpected gain will likely move them much closer to LSU in the rankings. However it might not be enough to get the leap-frog in the BCS rankings that come out later today.

The real significance of all these rankings for Stanford at least is that LSU will be traveling to battle No. 12 Arkansas next weekend. If Arkansas can spring the upset, Stanford will climb even higher if they can handle their business against Oregon State.

Full poll is as follows:

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

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College Football Rankings, Week 13: AP Poll Reflects Same Changes As USA Today/Coaches Poll

The Associated Press released their Week 13 college football poll and it reflects the same lack of major change as the USA Today/Coaches Poll. The AP Poll does not affect the BCS rankings as the AP pulled out a few years ago and was replaced by the Harris Interactive Poll.

However, the AP poll can be of value since it includes the media much like part of the Harris poll includes the media. Both the AP and Harris poll have Boise State third and TCU fourth, so that’s something to keep in mind. Stanford remains seventh in the AP poll although like in the Coaches Poll they gained ground on the team ahead of them. Wisconsin climbed from No. 6 to No. 5 ahead of LSU, while the Cardinal now only trail LSU by 16 points. That is good for a gain of 31 points on the No. 6 team. Of course, LSU closes at No. 12 Arkansas next week, so if they win they’ll put some ground between themselves and Stanford.

Full poll is as follows:

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

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College Football Rankings, Week 13: USA Today Coaches Poll Sees Stanford Cardinal Hold Steady But Gain Ground

The Week 13 USA Today/Coaches Poll was just released and the top eight remains the same, leaving Stanford at No. 8. It is significant to note that Stanford did gain several key votes in the poll. Last week Stanford was eighth with 1,066 points and was 41 points back of No. 7 Ohio State. This week, Stanford received 1,112 points and is now only four points back of Ohio State. Next weekend Stanford hosts 5-5 Oregon State while the Buckeyes host a 7-4 Michigan that received two votes this week. Barring a Wolverines upset, I don't see Stanford gaining any more ground on Ohio State, and instead will likely lose some ground if both teams win.

The only big change sees Nebraska drop from No. 9 to No. 15 after losing to Texas A&M. That bumped up the previously 10-15 teams up one spot. I'd imagine we'll see a similar change in the BCS rankings given the wins for everybody else. However, it will be interesting to see if Stanford gains ground LSU in the BCS standings, and if so, how much ground they gain. Every point received in the human polls counts towards the BCS standing so they have already received some benefit. LSU received the exact same number of points last week and this week so Stanford will gain some kind of ground with that.

Full poll is as follows:

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