BCS: Trojans, Horns On Collision Course

USC and Texas are headed for a Rose Bowl showdown based on the latest BCS rankings. The Trojans and Horns are solidly in the top two spots of the week four rankings following their big weekend wins and formerly-No. 3 Virginia Tech's Saturday loss to Miami.

Texas stayed on top in the computer portion of the rankings while USC held on to its No. 1 poll positions, but each school upped its BCS average from last week after the Hokie loss.

The top-ranked Trojans (.9802, up from .9767 last week) slightly increased their margin over the No. 2 Horns (.9765, up from .9729 last week), and undefeated Alabama (.8814) moved up to the No. 3 spot vacated by VaTech. The Hokie-killer Hurricanes of Miami (.8805) jumped from No. 6 to No. 4. After its impressive win over Wisconsin, Penn State (.8136) climbed to No. 5.

Teams are assigned an inverse point total (25 for #1, 24 for #2, etc.) for each of their respective computer poll rankings to determine the overall computer component. The highest and lowest ranking for each team is dropped, and the sum total of the remaining four rankings is divided by 100 (the maximum possible points). This figure produces a Computer Rankings Percentage, which is a third of the BCS formula. The Computer Rankings Percentage figure is then averaged with the poll percentage of both the Harris and USA Today Coaches polls. The poll percentages figures are derived by taking a team's point total in each poll and dividing by a maximum 2825 possible points in the Harris Interactive Poll and 1525 possible points in USA Today.

The second five of the top 10 consists of Virginia Tech (.7540), LSU (.6987), Ohio State (.6632), Oregon (.6313) and Georgia (.6272). No. 11 Notre Dame (.6065) and No. 12 Texas Tech (.5425) round out the top 12.

Colorado (.1746) continued its recent climb, gaining four spots from last week to No. 18, but formerly No. 25 Oklahoma dropped out of the top 25 after its idle week.

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The top two teams in the final BCS standings, released on Sunday, Dec. 4, will square off in the Rose Bowl for the national title on Jan. 4, 2006. 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.

Match-ups this week with top level BCS implications:

USC (1) at Cal
Kansas at Texas (2)
Miami (4) at Wake Forest
LSU (7) at Alabama (3)
Northwestern at Ohio State (8)
Oregon (9) at Washington State
Auburn at Georgia (10)
Navy at Notre Dame (11)
Texas Tech (12) at Oklahoma State

Texas opponents:

Northwestern at Ohio State (8)
Colorado (18) at Iowa State
A&M at Oklahoma
Baylor at Missouri
Tulane at Rice
Florida International at UL-Lafayette

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