Arkansas Rises to No. 3 in BCS

Arkansas uses its 44-17 rout of Mississippi State and several upsets to vault to No. 3 in the latest BCS standings and make it a trio of SEC West teams in the top three spots.

After a weekend filled with upsets, Arkansas jumped to No. 3 in the BCS standings on Sunday and thus positioned itself for a shot at the national championship game.

That is, of course, if the Razorbacks (10-1, 6-1) can win at No. 1 LSU (11-0, 7-0) Friday at 1:30 p.m.

Fellow SEC West teams LSU and Alabama remained 1-2, but Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Oregon all lost and dropped below Arkansas.

ESPN BCS guru Brad Edwards was asked what would happen if all three SEC teams finished 11-1 and how that would play into i league championship and national championship games.

"My best guess is that if you had a cleanly played Arkansas-LSU game won by Arkansas and then Alabama beats Auburn by an expected margin – by double digits – I think Alabama would move to number one and Arkansas to number two and then Alabama would win the tiebreaker," Edwards said.

"In order for LSU to lose, but to stay in the top two – and have a chance to win that tiebreaker against Alabama – LSU would need to lose the type of game where you walk away believing that LSU was the better team and they got robbed by a bad call or something like that," Edwards added. "I think that is what it will take for LSU not to fall to number three after losing.

"For Arkansas (to get into the SEC Championship game), I think their best chance is for Alabama to fall from number two to number three… to struggle at Auburn," Edwards continued. "Certainly the bar has been set pretty high by Arkansas, LSU and Georgia as to what a good team should do to Auburn.

"I realize that Alabama has to play at Auburn and the other teams didn't," Edwards said, "but I think that if Alabama won that game by say a field goal, it might change the opinions of some voters and give Arkansas a chance to move up there in that top two with LSU and win that tiebreaker."

Edwards did warn that the computers - who have Arkansas averaged at number four - might not agree with the humans who vote.

"One thing to keep in mind is the computers are also involved in this," Edwards said. "LSU would be stronger than Arkansas in the computers, and unless pretty much every voter moves Arkansas ahead of LSU, there's still a possibility that LSU might end up in the No. 2 slot."

Oklahoma State is number four in the BCS standings followed by Virginia Tech, Stanford, Boise State, Houston, Oklahoma and Oregon.

All of those teams have won loss expect for unbeaten Houston and two-loss Oklahoma.

Arkansas is number three in AP, USA Today and the Harris poll for its highest ranking since 1978.


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