College Football Rankings, Week 12: Stanford Drops To No. 9 In BCS Rankings

We break down all the scores, news and polls as the week twelve BCS rankings are determined. For more on Stanford, check out Rule of Tree.

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BCS Rankings, Week 12: Stanford Does Not Drop Too Far In BCS Computer Ratings

The Stanford Cardinal were due to take a hit in the week 12 BCS rankings courtesy of their loss to Oregon Saturday night. They dropped in the human polls and the computer ratings, but due to the strength of schedule boost from playing Oregon, the Cardinal did not drop nearly as they might otherwise have dropped in the computer ratings.

Stanford started the season with a weak non-conference schedule of games and opened with some of the weaker Pac-12 teams. However, leading up to and including the Oregon game, Stanford's schedule strength was quietly increasing. In losing to Oregon but not getting killed in the BCS computer ratings, Stanford remains ninth in the BCS.

No. 9 and out of the BCS National Championship Game is not where the Cardinal wanted to be at this point, but the upside is that they are still in the running for an at-large bid to a BCS bowl. If Stanford remains in the Top 14, their 9+ wins will qualify them for an at-large bid. Of course, the bowls will have several teams to consider in determining at-large candidates. Among others, that will include Alabama or Oklahoma State (if the Cowboys lose before the selection show), Stanford, Boise State, Houston and possibly South Carolina and the loser of Clemson/Virginia Tech.

For Stanford, their strength for selection is the national interest in Andrew Luck. While the Cardinal do not always travel well to bowl games, Andrew Luck is a national phenomenon and could boost television ratings. It is one of many factors that will be considered by the BCS selection committee.

The remainder of Stanford's schedule will likely not do much damage, if any, to their computer rating so long as the Cardinal win both games. They face a bowl-eligible Cal and a newly ranked Notre Dame.

The BCS formula combines human and computer rankings to devise the standings. The USA Today/Coaches Poll and the Harris Poll are voted on by humans each Sunday. The computer ratings include the Sagarin RatingsAnderson & HesterBillingsley ReportColley MatrixMassey Ratings, and Wolfe Ratings. Stanford rates as follows according to the computers:

A&H: 10
Billingsley: 6
Colley: 12
Massey: 14
Sagarin: 10
Wolfe: 10

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BCS Rankings, Week 12: Stanford Drops To No. 9, Oregon Up To No. 4

The week twelve 2011 BCS Rankings were released Sunday evening and as expected, the Stanford Cardinal dropped following their loss to Oregon. Stanford dropped from No. 4 to No. 10 as Oregon climbed to No. 4 and just about secured a Rose Bowl berth. Boise State's loss dropped them to No. 10 as Houston was unable to climb past them.

Stanford had a shot at the BCS national championship game, but this loss knocks them out of that consideration and Rose Bowl consideration. However, by remaining in the top 14, Stanford remains eligible for a BCS at-large bid. Their remaining games against California and Notre Dame should keep them in the top 14. The question then becomes whether or not Stanford will be deemed worthy of an at-large bid. The BCS bowls will look at ability to travel and also potential to boost television ratings. Stanford can do the latter with Andrew Luck, but struggles with the former.

At this point, Stanford does not have as much concern with regards to climbing the rankings. As long as they keep winning, they will maintain their case for an at-large bid. Some movement up might help and they will get that when Clemson and Virginia Tech square off in the ACC championship game. Otherwise, Stanford has to wait for the BCS selection show in December.

Here are the Top 10 teams in the Week Twelve BCS Rankings:

1. LSU
2. Oklahoma State
3. Alabama
4. Oregon
5. Oklahoma
6. Arkansas
7. Clemson
8. Virginia Tech
9. Stanford
10. Boise State

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College Football Rankings, Week 12: AP Poll Drops Stanford To No. 8

In an odd little twist, the Stanford Cardinal dropped less in the Week 12 AP Poll than they did in the USA Today/Coaches Poll. This is particularly odd because Stanford was higher in the Coaches Poll coming into Saturday's game with Oregon. The coaches dropped Stanford from No. 2 to No. 9, while the AP dropped Stanford from No. 3 to No. 8. I can't really explain why that was the case, but it is what it is.

Stanford is at a point where they are simply looking to not lose too much ground in the BCS rankings. If they remain in the top 14 of the BCS, they would remain eligible for one of the at-large bids often handed out by the BCS. A Top-14 ranking doesn't guarantee a selection, but it keeps them in the picture.

The AP Poll has no bearing on the BCS rankings, but it gives us an idea of where the Harris Poll (the second human poll in the BCS) might square up.

Here's the top ten for the week 12 AP poll:

1. LSU
2. Oklahoma State
3. Alabama
4. Oregon
5. Oklahoma
6. Arkansas
7. Clemson
8. Stanford
9. Virginia Tech
10. Boise State

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BCS Rankings, Week 12: Sagarin BCS Computer Rating Drops Stanford Nominal Amount

Editor's Note: Check out where Stanford is ranked in the Week 12 BCS Rankings.

As the Stanford Cardinal await the release of Sunday's Week 12 BCS rankings to see how much the Oregon loss cost them, there is a ray of hope. If Stanford can remain in the top 14 of the BCS the rest of the season they will be eligible for one of the BCS' at large bids. They are not guaranteed a bid, but they would at least remain eligible.

The first of the BCS computer ratings was released this morning as Jeff Sagarin released his Week 12 ratings. Stanford only dropped two spots from No. 8 to No. 10. The loss to Oregon hurt in the national title picture, but improved Stanford's strength of schedule considerably. If this is reflected in the rest of the BCS computer ratings, it could be enough to keep Stanford hanging in the top 14.

The Cardinal wrap up the season against Cal and Notre Dame. Both are fairly solid in the computers, so Stanford should not be "hurt" by potential wins over either school the next two weeks.

Here are the top ten teams in the week twelve Sagarin Ratings according to the ELO_CHESS column:

1. LSU
2. Oklahoma state
3. Alabama
4. Oregon
5. Arkansas
6. Oklahoma
7. Oregon
8. Kansas State
9. South Carolina
10. Stanford

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College Football Rankings, Week 12: USA Today/Coaches Poll Drops Stanford To No. 9

A day after getting blown out by the Oregon Ducks, the Stanford Cardinal await their BCS fate as they will drop in the rankings. The question is how far will they drop. We are starting to get a bit of an idea as the Week 12 USA Today/Coaches Poll was released and has Stanford dropping from No. 2 to No. 9. Formerly No. 5 Boise State dropped to No. 11 in the latest rankings.

Stanford was looking to maintain pace with the LSU Tigers and Oklahoma State Cowboys in the BCS rankings, but it was not to be. Stanford is out of the BCS title game and Rose Bowl hunt, but they still have a shot at a BCS at-large berth. If the Cardinal remain in the top 14 of the BCS they will be eligible for one of the at-large bids. There are questions of how well they travel, which could cost them, but they will at least remain in contention.

The biggest beneficiary of the Stanford and Boise State losses might be the Houston Cougars. They were a longshot for a BCS berth before, but with Boise State out of the picture, they will likely become the top non-AQ school in the BCS. They are not guaranteed a spot, but given their highly entertaining brand of football, they could entice one of the BCS bowls.

Here is the top ten from the Week 12 USA Today/Coaches Poll.

1. LSU
2. Oklahoma State
3. Alabama
4. Oregon
5. Oklahoma
6. Arkansas
7. Virginia Tech
8. Clemson
9. Stanford
10. Houston

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College Football Rankings, Week 12: Stanford To Come Crashing Down BCS Rankings

The Stanford Cardinal saw their dream season veer off into a ditch Saturday night as they were blown out by the Oregon Ducks 53-30. If ever the Cardinal missed Shayne Skov, it was Saturday night. Oregon's rushing attack sliced and diced Stanford and there was really no bouncing back from it.

This loss was all the more painful for Stanford because it not only knocked them out of national championship contention, but it also all but eliminated them from Rose Bowl consideration. Unless Oregon loses to both USC and Oregon State, the Ducks will win the Pac-12 North. The Ducks still have to win the inaugural Pac-12 championship game, but Stanford is likely not going to get a crack at the conference championship.

At this point, Stanford is more than likely looking at a bid in the Alamo Bowl or possibly the Holiday Bowl. They do still have an outside shot at a Rose Bowl bid, but it's a long one. They were so close to that brass ring, but unfortunately they are going to come up short once again.

Boise State also saw their title hopes and general BCS bowl hopes crashed as they were stunned by TCU on the Smurf Turf. They also will find themselves in a blah bowl instead of in the money with a BCS bowl. It was not a pretty day for the second tier of undefeated teams.

With Saturday in the books, here is a projection of the top ten in the BCS:

1. LSU
2. Oklahoma State
3. Alabama
4. Oregon
5. Oklahoma
6. Arkansas
7. Clemson
8. Virginia Tech
9. Stanford
10. Houston

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Boise State Vs. TCU Recap: Another Undefeated Off Stanford's Back

Another undefeated team has been removed from the BCS picture as the Boise State Broncos were stunned 36-35 by the TCU Horned Frogs. The game was back and forth all day long, but for the second straight year, the Broncos came up on the short end of the stick in a tight conference ball game. TCU stunned them with a late touchdown and two-point conversion, followed by the Broncos missing a field goal as time expired.

TCU led 20-14 at the half, but Boise State was able to get on the board early in the second half by returning a fumble for a touchdown. The teams then exchanged the lead before Boise took a 35-28 lead with 14:47 to go in the game. TCU could not get much of anything going for most of the fourth quarter before driving late. Casey Pachall connected with Brandon Carter on a 25-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 35-34. TCU had been dealing with kicker troubles, so rather than go for the tie, they went for two and the win. Pachall connected with Josh Boyce to take the lead.

The kicker troubles reared their head again as the TCU kicker booted the ensuing kickoff out of bounds. Boise State started off on their own 40 and benefited from a huge holding call and an even bigger fourth down pass interference call. They were set up for a 39-yard field goal, but the Broncos kicker pushed it wide right and Boise State was undefeated no more.

The Stanford Cardinal were ranked one spot ahead of Boise State in the rankings, but remained behind them in most of the computer rankings. If Stanford can beat Oregon Saturday night, they'll make a sizable leap over the Broncos in the computers. If they win it would likely not be enough to get past Oklahoma State, but it would probably be enough to climb ahead of Alabama in the BCS rankings. Now if only Oklahoma State or LSU could find a way to lose!

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Oklahoma State Vs. Texas Tech Recap: Cowboys Hold Steady Ahead Of Stanford

If the Stanford Cardinal are going to make an appearance in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game, they not only have to win out their remaining games, they will also need some help from Oklahoma State and/or LSU. If the Cardinal can hold off the Oregon Ducks Saturday evening, they will likely climb over Alabama for No. 3 on the BCS. That is as far as they can likely go without losses ahead of them.

They lost one chance to get such an upset as the Oklahoma State Cowboys had no trouble with the Texas Tech Red Raiders in Lubbock. Oklahoma State jumped out to a 21-0 first quarter lead and ran off 49 unanswered points en route to a 66-6 demolition of the Red Raiders. Texas Tech had stunned highly ranked Oklahoma a few weeks back, but the magic was not there on Saturday. Brandon Weeden led a 454 yard passing attack, while Herschel Sims and Joseph Randle combined for 187 rushing yards.

Oklahoma State's remaining schedule does provide some hope for Stanford fans. Following what should be a relative gimme game against Iowa State, the Cowboys host No. 6 Oklahoma in what should be a hotly contested rivalry game. The Sooners don't really have a shot at the national title game as things currently stand, but a win over Oklahoma State gets the Sooners the Big 12's automatic BCS berth.

Needless to say, if the Cardinal can knock off Oregon this week and Cal next week in the Big Game, Stanford fans will be watching OU-OSU with great anticipation.

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Week 11 College Football Schedule: Stanford Vs. Oregon Tops The Weekend

We break down all the scores, news and polls as the week twelve BCS rankings are determined. For more on Stanford, check out Rule of Tree.

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