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Auburn jumps to No. 1 in BCS standings

Auburn, which rallied from a 24-point deficit to beat Alabama on Friday, is the new No. 1 in the latest BCS standings.

Oregon, a winner over Arizona on Friday night, is No. 2. Auburn leads Oregon, .9779 to .9777.

Auburn plays South Carolina for the SEC title in Atlanta on Saturday. Oregon plays rival Oregon State in the Civil War this week. If both teams win those games, they will meet for the BCS national title in Glendale, Ariz., on Jan. 20.

TCU, which had been losing ground to Boise State in recent weeks, is No. 3 and likely will earn a BCS at-large bid. The Horned Frogs would likely go to the Rose Bowl to play the Big Ten representative if Oregon plays for the national title.

The battle for No. 4 is an interesting one. Stanford is currently No. 4 and needs to stay in the top 4 of the final BCS standings to earn a BCS at-large bid. If Stanford falls to No. 5 in the final BCS standings next week, it may be left out entirely from a BCS bowl.

Wisconsin is currently No. 5. But the Badgers need to stay ahead of Ohio State and Michigan State to clinch the Rose Bowl berth and win the conference tie-breaker. All three teams shared the Big Ten title, but the automatic bid goes to the school with the highest BCS ranking.

Ohio State is No. 6 and will likely earn a BCS at-large bid, probably to the Sugar Bowl to play an SEC team, if it stays behind Wisconsin. That SEC team may be Arkansas, which is No. 7. If Auburn heads to Glendale, the Sugar Bowl would most likely take an SEC team. Arkansas is the highest-ranked SEC team after Auburn.

Michigan State, now at No. 8, is likely heading to Orlando to play in the Capital One Bowl against an SEC team. BCS rules allow only two schools from one conference to play in BCS bowls.

Oklahoma is No. 9 and wins the Big 12 South title. The Sooners will play a rival from the past with Nebraska as the Big 12 North champion. Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M all finished 6-2 in the Big 12 South. Big 12 rules say that if teams are within one BCS spot of each other, head-to-head determines the tie-breaker. In that case, Texas A&M beat Oklahoma earlier this season. But Oklahoma finished head of Oklahoma State (No. 14) and Texas A&M (No. 18) in the BCS standings to clinch the Big 12 South.

1. Auburn .9779
2. Oregon .9777
3. TCU .9167
4. Stanford .8413
5. Wisconsin .8185
6. Ohio State .7632
7. Arkansas .7189
8. Michigan State .6980
9. Oklahoma .6780
10. LSU .6067

11. Boise State
12. Missouri
13. Nebraska
14. Oklahoma State
15. Virginia Tech
16. Alabama
17. Nevada
18. Texas A&M
19. South Carolina
20. Utah
21. Florida State
22. Mississippi State
23. Arizona
24. West Virginia
25. Northern Illinois


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