Horns Hold At No. 5 In Latest BCS Rankings

Texas remains No. 5 in the latest BCS ratings released Monday, a day after slipping a spot to No. 7 in the Associated Press poll.

Oklahoma remains No. 1 followed by Ohio State, USC and LSU. Rounding out the Top 10 after the Horns are Georgia, Tennessee, TCU, Michigan and Washington State. Other Big 12 teams listed in this week’s BCS ratings are No. 19 Kansas State, No. 21 Oklahoma State and No. 22 Nebraska.

At this point, Texas’ BCS ratings are insignificant relative to: 1) beating Texas A&M and; 2) Oklahoma winning out (you can cheer against the Sooners in the Sugar Bowl if you are so inclined but Texas’ BCS bowl hopes, barring an unlikely culmination of several events, hinge on Oklahoma winning the Big 12 title, leading to a Longhorn Fiesta or Rose Bowl invite).

A team is BCA bowl eligible if it is listed among the ratings’ Top 12. And a good sign that your team is atop a bowl’s wish list is when its association president is in your team’s press box during the last home game, as was the Fiesta Bowl’s top brass last Saturday.

Following the Texas Tech win, Texas’ strength of schedule is now listed at No. 17. LSU has the weakest schedule strength (No. 72) of the four teams ranked ahead of Texas, but faces a pivotal game at Ole Miss Saturday.

Michigan will likely leap over Texas if Ohio State runs out of luck in Ann Arbor Saturday. But the Horns still have a shot at facing the Big 10 champ in the Rose Bowl.

Can we pick on TCU one more week? The Horned Frogs are No. 8 in the BCS but their strength of schedule checks in at an underwhelming No. 90, second weakest among all teams listed in BCS rankings this week.

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