The Horns held on to the top spot in four of the six computer rankings (1/3 of the BCS formula), while the Trojans remained the top pick in both human polls (2/3 of the formula).
If games hold to form this weekend, the current BCS Bowl berths shape up like this:
USC (PAC-10 champ; Rose Bowl)
Texas (Big 12 champ; Rose Bowl)
Penn State (Big 10 champ; TBD)
LSU (SEC champ; Sugar Bowl)
Virginia Tech (ACC champ; Orange Bowl)
West Virginia (Big East champ; TBD)
Notre Dame, Ohio State (at large; probably both in the Fiesta Bowl)
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The top two teams in the final BCS standings, released next 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:
UCLA (12) at USC (1)
Texas (2) vs. Colorado -- Big 12 Championship Game
LSU (4) vs. Georgia (13) -- SEC Championship Game
Virginia Tech (5) vs. Florida State -- ACC Championship Game