Texas Up To No. 6 In Latest BCS Rankings

It's still no sure thing, of course, but UT's BCS bowl hopes improved this week with a move from No. 7 to No. 6 in the weekly rankings, displacing previous No. 6 Utah. The undefeated Utes dropped to No. 7, out of automatic berth range for a non-BCS league team. Texas smacked then-No. 19 (BCS) Oklahoma State 56-35 Saturday while Utah beat Colorado State.</P>

The Horns move came largely on the strength of improved computer rankings. Texas stayed steady in the polls (writers' No. 6 and coaches' No. 7) but jumped from 9th to 5th in computer average. Utah dropped from 6th to 8th.

The BCS top five remained unchanged, with USC (9-0) leading the pack, followed by No. 2 Oklahoma (9-0), No. 3 Auburn (9-0), No. 4 Cal (7-1) and No. 5 Wisconsin (9-0). Trailing Texas (8-1) and Utah (9-0) are No. 8 Georgia (8-1), No. 9 Michigan (8-1) and No. 10 Boise State (8-0).

The second 10 consists of Virginia, Florida State, West Virginia, Louisville, Tennessee, Arizona State, Miami, Virginia Tech, LSU and Iowa.

The Ags, who took the No. 2 Sooners to the wire in College Station but suffered their second straight defeat, actually moved up a notch, from No. 22 to No. 21. The Cowboys, who also took OU to the limit a week ago before watching Texas erase a 28-point lead and cruise by 21 this week, fell from No. 19 to No. 22.

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The top two teams in the final BCS rankings will play for the national title in the Orange Bowl. The champions of six leagues -- the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10 and the SEC -- receive automatic berths in one of the four BCS bowls (Orange, Sugar, Rose and Fiesta). There are also two at-large berths available to non-league champion teams from BCS conferences, to independents and to teams from non-BCS leagues. Utah, of the non-BCS Mountain West, will earn one of those at-large berths if it finishes at or above No. 6, but the Utes are expected to continue to fall in the rankings due to weak competition over the season's final weeks (which will be reflected in the computer rankings). So, if the season ended today, the Trojans and Sooners would play for the title, with Auburn (SEC), Wisconsin (Big 10), Virginia or Virginia Tech (ACC) and West Virginia (Big East) the other automatic conference champion berths. That leaves two at-large berths up for (realistic) grabs, as things currently stand, between Cal, Texas, UGa and Michigan.

Match-ups this week with top level BCS implications:

USC (1) vs. Arizona

Oklahoma (2) vs. Nebraska

Auburn (3) vs. Georgia (8)

Cal (4) at Washington

Wisconsin (5) at Michigan State

Texas (6) at Kansas

Utah (7) at Wyoming

Michigan (9) vs. Northwestern


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