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College Football Rankings, Week 15: AP Poll Leaves Stanford Locked In At Fourth

The close of the 2011 college football season has brought a little bit of drama as we wait to see if Oklahoma State passes Alabama in the BCS rankings. Although Bama was inactive, Oklahoma State drilled Oklahoma and there was a chance it was enough to get them past the Tide.

The Week 15 AP Poll has been released and while it is not a part of the BCS rankings, it often mirrors the Harris Poll which is a part of the BCS rankings. If the Harris Poll reflects the AP Poll, Oklahoma State might come up just short. The Cowboys gained a lot of ground, but remain 18 votes behind the Tide. It will likely come down to whether the BCS computers give them enough of a bump.

Stanford actually lost two votes this week, but remained firmly in place at number four and is just about locked in at the number four spot in the BCS rankings. If Oklahoma State remains third, Stanford's fourth rankings will guarantee them a bid in a BCS bowl. They are a strong at-large candidate, but getting an automatic bid removes the drama.

Here are the top ten in the Week 15 AP Poll:

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