BCS: A Tight Race For No. 1

Despite sitting at home on its off-weekend, the Horns closed to within .0016 points of No. 1 USC in Week Six of the BCS rankings following the Trojans' scare against Fresno State.

The gain reversed the recent trend of a widening BCS gap between USC and Texas. The Trojans dropped back to .9807 from last week's .9829 while the Horns inched up to .9791 from .9771. Texas kept hold of its No. 1 spot in the average computer rank (UT is No. 1 in five of the six computer rankings; USC is No. 1 in one and No. 2 in the other five) while the Trojans own the top spot in both human polls, although Texas gained ground there, facilitating the tightening of the rankings this week.

The No. 3 slot saw its fourth team in as many weeks. Penn State (.8900) inherited the spot that Virginia Tech, Alabama and Miami held before upset losses pushed them back in the pack. LSU (.8372) is a distant fourth behind the Nittany Lions (largely due to Penn State's big advantage in the computer rankings), with the one-loss Hokies (.8294) moving back up the list at No. 5

The second five of the top 10 consists of Ohio State (.7841), Oregon (.7340), Notre Dame (.6908), Miami (.6718) and Auburn (.6333).

Texas Tech moved up three spots to No. 16 after its last-play victory over formerly No. 25 but now un-ranked Oklahoma. But that's it in the top 25 for the Big 12.

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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:

Texas (2) at Texas A&M
Arkansas at LSU (4)
North Carolina at Virginia Tech (5)
Virginia at Miami (9)
Notre Dame (7) at Stanford

Texas opponents:

Nebraska at Colorado
Iowa State at Kansas
Oklahoma State at Oklahoma
Rice at Houston
UL-Lafayette at UL-Monroe

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