POLL WATCHING: Will Beavs continue BCS climb?

THE BEAVS JUMPED two spots on Sunday to No. 9 in the USAToday Coaches Poll -- over South Carolina (who lost) and Florida State (who won). So what will happen for the Beavs in the BCS rankings released on Sunday evening?

It would seem a given Oregon State would move up a spot in the BCS with South Carolina losing (all other teams ranked ahead of OSU in the BCS won on Saturday.) But the BCS often has its widest fluctuations early, and the first BCS rankings of the 2012 season were just released last week.

So could No. 9 Oklahoma or No. 10 USC (or a darkhorse like No. 17 Texas Tech given their second straight big win over a ranked opponent) jump over No. 8 Oregon State in the BCS to claim the seventh spot, similar to the way OSU did over Florida State in the Coaches' poll?

All three scenarios would seem unlikely, but stranger things have happened over the years. Plenty of times where the BCS is concerned, actually.

THE BCS USES the Harris Poll, the Coaches' Poll and six computer rankings – each counts for one-third of a team's BCS ranking.

The six computer rankings used are: Anderson & Hester, Richard Billingsley, Colley Matrix, Kenneth Massey, Jeff Sagarin and Peter Wolfe.

The only computer ranking out as of 11:45 a.m. was Sagarin's, where OSU was rated No. 6. Last week, Sagarin has Oregon State at No. 7. The Harris poll had not been released as of 11:45 a.m.

Oregon State also jumped one spot in this week's AP poll, up to No. 7 following their 21-7 win over Utah to move to 6-0. (The BCS formula does not use the AP.)

The latest BCS standings will be released Sunday evening around 5:30 p.m.

For last week's complete BCS rankings, click here.

NOTABLE NOTE:
Sunday morning's BCS buzz was that Oregon might fall another spot in the rankings, to No. 4, behind K-State, Florida and Alabama. That Oregon wasn't in the top two last week in the debut BCS standings had some in the media scratching their heads.

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