BCS: No Drama At The Top

USC and Texas remain on a collision course as the top two teams in Week Five of the BCS rankings. The Trojans and Horns have occupied the top two spots in all five BCS rankings so far, and with D-I's only other undefeated falling Saturday, the path is clear for Southern Cal and UT to meet in Pasadena on Jan. 4.

Both the No. 1 Trojans and the No. 2 Horns picked up points with formerly No. 3 Alabama dropping from the ranks of the unbeaten. Texas remained on top in the computer portion of the rankings (earning top billing in five of six computer rankings) while USC held on to its No. 1 poll positions.

The Trojans (.9829, up from .9802 last week), by consolidating their computer rankings position, again increased the margin over the Horns (.9771, up from .9765 last week). Miami (.8906) is the cream of the once-defeated crop, coming in at No. 3, followed by No. 4 Penn State (.8520) and No. 5 LSU (.8224).

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 (.7895), Ohio State (.7295), Alabama (.6893), Notre Dame (.6805) and Oregon (.6803).

Texas Tech dropped all the way from No. 12 to No. 19 and out of (longshot) contention for a berth in a BCS bowl. Despite the drop, the Raiders remain the second-highest-ranked BCS team in the Big 12. Colorado fell from No. 18 to out of the top 25 after losing to Iowa State Saturday while Oklahoma parlayed its 36-30 win over Texas A&M to move back into the rankings at No. 25.

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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:

Fresno State (17) at USC (1)
Texas (2) idle
Georgia Tech at Miami (3)
Penn State (4) at Michigan State
LSU (5) at Mississippi
Virginia Tech (6) at Virginia
Ohio State (7) at Michigan (15)
Alabama (8) at Auburn (13)
Syracuse at Notre Dame (9)

Oregon State at Oregon (10)

Texas opponents:

Ohio State (7) at Michigan (15)
Colorado idle
A&M idle
Oklahoma (25) at Texas Tech
Oklahoma State at Baylor
Missouri at Kansas State
Central Florida at Rice

UL-Lafayette at UL-Monroe

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