Ducks, Frogs do the hop

Oregon leaps over Auburn, while TCU passes Boise

November 01, 2010|By Chris Dufresne, Tribune newspapers

Oregon passed Auburn in Sunday's Bowl Championship Series standings, but that wasn't big news considering first and second are of equal value in terms of getting to the title game.

The news was Texas Christian jumping ahead of Boise State into third position, and Utah moving up three positions from last week into the fifth spot.

Oregon, a 53-32 winner over USC on Saturday, is first in the BCS with an average of .9777, followed by Auburn at .9599.

TCU is third with an average of .8911, followed by Boise State at .8824 and Utah at .7318.

Alabama leads the group of one-loss teams at No. 6, followed by Nebraska, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Louisiana State.

Boise State lost its grip on No. 3 despite a 29-point win over Louisiana Tech on Tuesday. Alabama, which was off, got jumped in the standings by Utah.

TCU plays at Utah this weekend in a matchup that will eliminate one of the remaining five unbeatens.

TCU's jump over Boise State is critical if Oregon or Auburn loses because that could vault undefeated Boise State, TCU or Utah into the BCS title game.

Boise State has remained ahead of TCU in the polls all year but may not have the schedule strength to hold off the winner of this week's TCU/Utah game.

Oregon (8-0) and Auburn (9-0), if they both win out, are on course to meet in the BCS title game on Jan. 10 in Glendale, Ariz.

cdufresne@tribune.com

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