BCS: USC Extends Lead Over No. 2 Texas

UT's relatively close call with Texas A&M on the day after Thanksgiving moved the BCS numbers a bit in favor of USC a week after the Horns made a similar move when the Trojans escaped Fresno State in a one-possession win.

No. 1 USC (.9861, up from .9807 last week) extended its BCS lead over No. 2 Texas (.9737, down from .9791), while three one-loss teams continue to own the three, four and five spots in the ranking, hoping for a slip-up from either the Trojans or the Horns. This weekend will be the final chance for a BCS-busting upset benefiting No. 3 Penn State (.8990), No. 4 LSU (.8487) and/or No. 5 Virginia Tech (.8337). Southern Cal takes on UCLA while Texas gets Colorado in the Big 12 Championship Game.

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).

The second five of the top 10 consists of Ohio State (.7971), Oregon (.7453), Notre Dame (.6944), Miami (.6609) and Auburn (.6385).

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)

Texas Tech remained at No. 16 and Oklahoma gave the Big 12 a third team in the rankings by reemerging in the top 25 at No. 23.

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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

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