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.
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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