BCS: Just As It Started: USC No. 1, UT No. 2

The final BCS standings of the 2005 season look exactly like the first BCS standings of the season, at least in the two spots that matter the most. USC is No. 1, Texas is No. 2, and the two undefeated Goliaths now officially have a date in Pasadena on Jan. 4 in The Granddaddy of Them All. The winner of that Rose Bowl contest will earn college football's national championship.

The Trojans and the Horns enter the Rose Bowl with identical 12-0 marks, and both are coming off monumental blowouts. USC destroyed cross-town rival UCLA 66-19 a couple of hours after Texas wrapped up its first conference title under Mack Brown with its 70-3 stomping of Colorado.

Apparently, the Horns' big win didn't impress quite as much as the Trojans' 'W' as USC (.9868, up from .9861 last week) extended its BCS lead over Texas (.9732, down from .9737) in the final rankings due to a slight bump up in both the USA Today Coaches and Harris Polls. UT remained tops in four of the six computer polls, and No. 2 in the other two while Southern Cal earned the top spot in two of those computer rankings and the No. 2 spot in the other four.

Penn State (.9187, up from .8990) consolidated its No. 3 ranking in the BCS, while Ohio State (.8559) earned an automatic at-large berth by moving up to the No. 4 spot following former No. 4 LSU's SEC Championship Game loss to Georgia. Oregon (.7989) moved up the No. 5 spot, but like No. 5 Cal last year, the Ducks are left out of the BCS party because No. 6 Notre Dame (.7329) also earned an automatic berth by finishing with nine wins and in the top six of the final BCS standings.

Georgia (.7182), Miami (.7037), Auburn (.6747) and Virginia Tech (.6715) round out the top 10. Texas Tech finished No. 15 and Oklahoma No. 23.

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The BCS bowl matchups look like this:

Rose Bowl: No. 1 USC (12-0) vs. No. 2 Texas (12-0)

Fiesta Bowl: No. 4 Ohio State (9-2) vs. No. 6 Notre Dame (9-2)

Orange Bowl: No. 3 Penn State (10-1) vs. No. 22 Florida State (8-4)

Sugar Bowl: No. 7 Georgia (10-2) vs. No. 11 West Virginia (10-1)


Other Big 12 bowl matchups:

Cotton: Texas Tech vs. Alabama

Alamo: Michigan vs. Nebraska

Holiday: Oregon vs. Oklahoma

Independence: South Carolina vs. Missouri

Champs Sports: Clemson vs. Colorado

EV1.net: Iowa State vs. TCU

Fort Worth: Kansas vs. Houston

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