Ohio State and USC are currently No.'s 1-2 in the all-important BCS rankings, while two one-loss SEC teams - No. 4 Auburn (.748) and No. 6 Florida - are rated ahead of Louisville (.718). Louisville, though, is only .030 points behind the fourth-ranked Tigers.
The BCS, implemented in 1998 to determine the college football national champion, pits the top two ranked teams at seasons end in the BCS National Championship game. This years BCS National Championship game will be played Jan. 8 in Glendale, Arizona.
The BCS Standings are determined each week after the BCS Committee tabulates scores from the 63-member USA Today Coaches Poll, the 114-member Harris Interactive Poll and six computer rankings.
Champions from the ACC, Big East, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-10 and the SEC qualify for the BCS, as does Notre Dame as long as it finishes in the top eight of the BCS Standings. Other conferences, like the Mountain West or WAC, can earn a BCS invitation by placing a team in the top 12, or in the top 16 if they are ahead of a BCS conference champion.
Besides the BCS National Championship game, four other bowls – the Fiesta, Orange, Sugar and Rose – comprise the BCS.
The BCS Standings will be issued on Sundays Oct. 15, Oct. 22, Oct. 29, Nov. 5, Nov. 12, Nov. 19 and Nov. 26. On Sunday, Dec. 3, during a special prime time BCS SELECTION SHOW, live from 8:00 – 8:30 PM ET on FOX, the final standings for the year will be announced, and America learns which schools will square off in January's five BCS Bowl games.
Cardinals move up in AP, Coaches polls
Louisville moved up one spot, to No. 6, this week in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls. Big East members West Virginia and Rutgers are also ranked in the Top 25. The Mountaineers are fourth in both polls, while Rutgers moved up to No. 19. Pittsburgh sits just outside the Top 25, receiving the most "other" votes this week.