Top three hold steady

College Football Bcs Standings

Frogs poised to leap

TCU needs help — from voters too — to play for title

November 23, 2009|By Andrea Adelson | Tribune newspapers

There has been little drama at the top of the college football world this season. For the sixth straight week, Florida, Alabama and Texas held the top three spots in the Bowl Championship Series standings released Sunday.

The Gators (11-0) remained No. 1, the same position they have held since the first BCS standings Oct. 18. Alabama (11-0) is No. 2 and Texas (11-0) third.

The top seven teams remained unchanged once again, but it is the top three that essentially control their destinies in the race for the national championship.

If Florida and Alabama are undefeated heading into the SEC championship game Dec. 5, the winner will play in the BCS national title game Jan. 7 in Pasadena, Calif.

If Texas beats Nebraska in the Big 12 title game Dec. 5, then the Longhorns play for the national title.

No. 4 TCU (11-0) would need help to bust into the title picture. The Horned Frogs need Texas to lose and hope that would be enough to vault them ahead of the Longhorns.

The big question would be whether a one-loss SEC team would finish ahead of an undefeated team from the Mountain West.

In either case, TCU would be guaranteed a spot in a BCS game as the top finisher from a non-automatic-qualifying conference.

No. 6 Boise State (11-0) also is hopeful of an at-large berth, but nothing is guaranteed. With at-large berths likely going to TCU and the SEC runner-up, two spots would be available.

No. 12 Oklahoma State could be in the mix for a berth in the Fiesta Bowl, which would seriously hurt Boise State's chances. The Fiesta would have the second pick of the BCS bowls if Texas goes to the national championship game. Another Big 12 team would be appealing as a replacement for the Longhorns.

As for the other BCS games, the winner of the ACC championship game Dec. 5 between No. 7 Georgia Tech (10-1) and No. 18 Clemson (8-3) goes to the Orange Bowl. The SEC runner-up likely would go to the Sugar Bowl.

The Big East champion, No. 5 Cincinnati (10-0) or No. 9 Pittsburgh (9-1), likely would go to the Orange Bowl or Sugar Bowl.

No. 10 Ohio State (10-2) plays the winner of the Dec. 3 game between No. 8 Oregon (9-2) and No. 16 Oregon State (8-3) in the Rose Bowl.

The fourth at-large berth could go to No. 11 Iowa (10-2).

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