BCS Rankings, Week 14: Stanford Climbs Into Pivotal No. 4 Spot

We break down all the scores, news and polls as the week 14 BCS rankings are determined. For more on Stanford, check out Rule of Tree.

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BCS Rankings, Week 14: Stanford Rockets Up BCS Computer Ratings

The Stanford Cardinal wrapped up their 2011 regular season on Saturday with a 28-14 victory over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Although Notre Dame has had a bit of an up and down season, the Irish had put together a solid computer profile that had them No. 23 in the Week 13 BCS rankings. Stanford was able to benefit quite a bit from their victory as they saw their ranking move up two spots from No. 6 to No. 4 in the Week 14 BCS Rankings.

Stanford was looking for a jump of one spot following Arkansas' loss to LSU, but the second move past Virginia Tech was a bit of a surprise. The reason for the significant jump was because Stanford saw their computer rankings increase from an average of ninth to an average of fourth. They now have a firm grasp on the fourth position heading into conference championship week.

If Stanford can maintain the fourth position through the coming week, they will be guaranteed a BCS bowl berth. Virginia Tech could climb past them with a win over Clemson in the ACC title game, but it will depend on how much respect Tech gets in the computers following that game. And, of course, assuming they actually win the game.

Stanford will be rooting for a loss just to be safe, although a drop to fifth does not necessarily mean Stanford will not go to a BCS bowl. They are a sufficiently high profile team that they would likely earn an at-large bid. Nonetheless, the financial windfall involved makes it easy to root against Virginia Tech and Oklahoma State (facing Oklahoma) next weekend.

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: 4
Billingsley: 4
Colley: 5
Massey: 8
Sagarin: 10
Wolfe: 5

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BCS Rankings, Week 14: Stanford Climbs To No. 4 As LSU, Alabama Remain At Top

Complete BCS Rankings are here

Week 13 of the 2011 college football season is officially wrapped and we now have the Week 14 BCS rankings. AS expected, LSU and Alabama retain the top two spots in the rankings and are on a collision course for New Orleans and the BCS National Championship Game. LSU still has to play the SEC title game against Georgia next week, but given how strong LSU's BCS ranking is right now and coupled with their previous win over Alabama, it is unlikely LSU loses their title game bid with a loss. Of course, that's even assuming Georgia beats them.

Stanford made a monster climb from No. 6 to No. 4 in the BCS rankings. This is significant because if Stanford finishes fourth in the BCS rankings, they secure an automatic bid in a BCS bowl. The BCS selection procedures state that if an automatic qualifier is third and an at-large is fourth, that at-large gets a bid. Stanford likely would go to a BCS bowl even if they were fifth, but a fourth place finish removes any drama heading into December.

Virginia Tech could actually climb back ahead of Stanford if they beat Clemson. Stanford and Virginia Tech are close enough that a slight tweak of the computers could result in them swapping places a week from now. It should make for an interesting conference championship weekend. Of course, if Oklahoma State loses to Oklahoma, Stanford would likely finish no worse than fourth no matter what happens with Virginia Tech against Clemson.

Here are the top ten in the Week 14 BCS rankings:

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

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College Football Rankings, Week 14: USA Today/Coaches Poll Bumps Stanford To No. 4

The conclusion of week 13 means it is time for another round of college football polls. The Week 14 USA Today/Coaches Poll is now available and there have been some interesting changes. Arkansas was handled fairly easily by LSU and was dropped accordingly, moving from No. 3 to No. 10. While the Razorbacks computer ratings benefit in terms of strength of schedule, the human polls often ignore that when a team takes one on the chin.

The Stanford Cardinal moved up one spot from No. 5 to No. 4 and much of the top ten climbed one spot as well. The Cardinal sit behind LSU, Alabama and Virginia Tech in the Coaches Poll. Stanford is looking to climb even further to get into the top four of the BCS and solidify their chance at an automatic BCS bowl bid. They cannot get into the Rose Bowl or the BCS National Championship Game, but they have a legitimate shot at the Fiesta Bowl.

If Arkansas has an equivalent drop in the Harris Poll, the odds are high that Stanford will climb past them in the Week 14 BCS rankings. Here are the top ten according to the Week 14 USA Today/Coaches Poll:

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

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BCS Rankings, Week 14: Will Computer Ratings Keep Arkansas Above Stanford?

Editor's Note: Check out the Week 14 BCS Rankings where Stanford made a surprising move.

The Week 14 BCS rankings will come out a little later this afternoon, but in the meantime we can start to assess how the rankings will be impacted by the various component polls. Arkansas lost to LSU on Friday and will likely be impacted in the human polls. The question for teams behind Arkansas, like Stanford, is how or even if the computers will drop the Razorbacks.

Jeff Sagarin puts together one of the six BCS computer ratings and he released his Week 14 rankings late yesterday after the close of play. The Sagarin ratings have Arkansas remaining in the fourth position in spite of the loss. More than likely, playing the number one team in the country bumped up Arkansas' strength of schedule sufficiently to offset the negative of losing.

Stanford climbed from No. 11 to No. 10 thanks to their win over Notre Dame coupled with Boise State winning against a relatively weak Wyoming team. Stanford is looking to climb into the top of the BCS rankings to potentially ensure an automatic bid to a BCS bowl. They have a good shot of moving past Arkansas this week, but if it does happen, they will then need a Virginia Tech or Oklahoma State loss next week.

Here are the top ten according to the Week 14 Sagarin Ratings:

1. LSU
2. Alabama
3. Oklahoma State
4. Arkansas
5. Kansas State
6. Oklahoma
7. Baylor
8. Houston
9. Oregon
10. Stanford

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College Football Rankings, Week 14: AP Poll Leaps Oklahoma State Over Stanford

The week 14 AP Poll was released Sunday morning, and while it has no bearing on the BCS rankings, it does help provide an idea of how folks will likely vote in the Harris Poll. The AP Poll used to be part of the BCS but they withdrew and the Harris Poll replaced it.

The latest rankings have the LSU Tigers and Alabam Crimson Tide locked in as the unanimous one and two. LSU got all the first place votes, while Alabama got all the second place votes. Oklahoma State climbed from fifth to third in spite of not playing. Stanford remained in fourth, but they climbed to within five votes of third place. Arkansas' loss dropped them from No. 3 to No. 6.

The NCAA football regular season wraps up next week with a host of conference championship games. Additionally, the Big 12 has a quasi-championship game as Oklahoma State hosts Oklahoma. If Oklahoma State wins they lock up third place, and a big enough win might be enough to get them above Alabama. It's not entirely likely, but crazier things have happened. Stanford meanwhile, will sit and wait to see how the rest of the rankings shake out.

Here are the top ten according to the Week 14 AP Poll:

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

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College Football Rankings Week 14: Arkansas Loss Should Help Stanford Rise In BCS Rankings

The Stanford Cardinal wrapped up their 2011 regular season with a 28-14 victory over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to improve to 11-1. Stanford lost to Oregon two weeks ago, which cost them a shot at the Pac-12 North title. Oregon will face UCLA in the inaugural Pac-12 title game with a trip to the Rose Bowl on the line.

Stanford still has a shot at a BCS bowl berth, and potentially received some help from the Arkansas Razorbacks. Arkansas was beaten by LSU and with the game not coming down to the wire, there is a very good chance the Razorbacks will drop behind Stanford when the Week 14 BCS rankings are released Sunday afternoon. Their strength of schedule improved with the game, but the loss hurts.

Stanford did not get any additional help on Saturday as several teams likely locked up important BCS opportunities. Alabama defeated Auburn and likely secured their spot in the national title game. Crazy things could happen if Oklahoma State pounds Oklahoma, but Alabama is likely secure. Oregon locked up the Pac-12 North with their win over Oregon State. Virginia Tech locked up the ACC Coastal division and will likely remain ahead of Stanford in the BCS rankings.

With week 13 in the books, here is my projection of the top ten in the BCS:

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

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Civil War 2011, Oregon Vs. Oregon State Recap: Stanford Impact

The Oregon Ducks wrapped up a 10-2 regular season with a 49-21 domination of the Oregon State Beavers in the 2011 Civil War. Oregon had to win the game to clinch the Pac-12 North, and early on it looked like it might be a struggle. The Beavers put up a strong defensive effort and were tied with the Ducks 7-7 midway through the second quarter. However, the explosive Ducks offense got down to business over the final eight minutes of the first half, putting up 21 points to take a 28-7 lead into halftime. They great the lead to 42-7 before Oregon State grabbed some garbage time scores.

Had Oregon lost, Stanford would have clinched the Pac-12 North. Instead, Oregon will go to the inaugural Pac-12 title game and face UCLA for the right to go to the Rose Bowl. That leaves Stanford looking for at-large consideration for a BCS bowl. If Stanford can climb into the top four they'd be looking at a potential automatic bid based on the BCS selection procedures. Whether Stanford goes to a BCS bowl by automatic or at-large candidacy, they are likely looking at a Fiesta Bowl berth.

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Iron Bowl 2011, Alabama Vs. Auburn Recap: Stanford Impact

The Alabama Crimson Tide had little trouble with the Auburn Tigers Saturday afternoon in the 2011 Iron Bowl and all but wrapped up their bid for the 2011 BCS National Championship Game. The Tide rode another dominant performance from Trent Richardson to a 42-14 victory. Richardson rushed 27 times for 203 yards in the effort. QB AJ McCarron put together a strong performance as well, completing 18 of 23 passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns.

Although LSU still has to play in the SEC title game and Oklahoma State faces a potential resume-booster in Oklahoma, the BCS national championship game is just about set. Even if LSU loses to Georgia in the conference championship game, they are so far ahead of everybody in the BCS that I would be shocked if they even dropped out of the number one position. LSU currently has a perfect score and given that they defeated Alabama earlier in the season, they likely remain number one even with a loss.

This all but eliminates Stanford's last desperate shot at getting into the national title game. Although Stanford cannot win the Pac-12, they had a shot at the national title game with losses from Alabama, Oklahoma State, Arkansas and Virginia Tech. They got the Arkansas loss, but that was it. Sunday will likely make that official. Stanford can still get into a BCS bowl as an at-large candidate, but they need to handle their business Sunday night against Notre Dame.

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Virginia Tech Vs. Virginia Recap: Stanford Impact

Pending their own game against Notre Dame, the Stanford Cardinal will have to wait another week for enough possible upsets to get them into the number four spot in the 2011 BCS rankings. The fourth position is pivotal because if a conference champion is in the number three position (Oklahoma State being that likely team), an at-large candidate in the fourth position is guaranteed a BCS bowl appearance.

Virginia Tech is one of those teams ahead of Stanford and they squared off with in-state rival Virginia Saturday afternoon. The Cavaliers were coming off their first ever win at Florida State, and had a shot to win the ACC coastal division with an upset of Virginia Tech. The Hokies were not to be denied however, as they had little trouble in a 38-0 victory. Virginia did not let things get out of hand too quickly, but they could get absolutely nothing going on offense. QB Michael Rocco threw a pair of interceptions and the Wahoos rushing attack garnered a mere 30 yards on 26 carries.

With the victory, Virginia Tech secures the ACC Coastal division and a spot in next week's ACC title game. As things currently stand, Stanford will be rooting for Clemson to spring the upset. A Clemson win would drop Virginia Tech behind Stanford in the BCS rankings. Arkansas' loss to LSU puts Stanford in a position to climb to fifth this week, so a Virginia Tech loss next week could be enough to get them to fourth in the BCS after next week.

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LSU Vs. Arkansas Recap: Stanford Likely To Climb Into BCS Top Five

Thanksgiving weekend got off to a significant start with No. 1 LSU hosting No. 3 Arkansas in a battle for SEC supremacy. LSU fell behind 14-0 early, but bounced back with a strong close to the second quarter and a dominant second half en route to a 41-17 victory. The Tigers used strong special teams, a dominant rushing effort and great defense to take home the victory.

The Tigers wrapped up their berth in the SEC title game, and likely locked up a spot in the BCS national title game. LSU is the undisputed number one team in the country and even if they lose to Georgia next weekend, they likely would still get a spot in the national title game. They have a perfect BCS ranking heading into that game and given that they will have beaten the number two team in the BCS (Alabama, assuming they beat Auburn), it is unlikely they fall behind them with a loss to Georgia.

Given how dominant LSU is looking, Stanford's BCS bowl chances benefited from the Tigers win over Arkansas. Stanford is currently ranked sixth in the BCS rankings and if they can climb into the top four, they would garner an automatic BCS bowl bid if the third ranked team was a conference champion. Arkansas' loss doesn't guarantee they will drop behind Stanford, but if the Cardinal beat Notre Dame, there is a decent chance it will be enough to get Stanford up to No. 5 for now.

The big game for Stanford on Saturday is the Civil War between Oregon and Oregon State. If Oregon State could grab the monster upset, Stanford would clinch the Pac-12 North. Beyond the Civil War, Stanford will be rooting for Virginia against Virginia Tech. A Cavaliers win would move Stanford ahead of Virginia Tech and might get them into that money number four spot.

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Week 13 College Football Schedule: LSU Vs. Arkansas Sets Up Potential BCS Rankings Shakeup

We break down all the scores, news and polls as the week 14 BCS rankings are determined. For more on Stanford, check out Rule of Tree.

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