Stanford Top Pac-12 Team In New BCS Standings At No. 8

Nov 23, 2013; Stanford, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal fans cheer after a touchdown during the second half against the California Golden Bears at Stanford Stadium. Stanford won 63-13. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

The Stanford Cardinal moved up one spot to No. 8 in the latest Bowl Championship Series standings released Sunday night on ESPN.

But the Oregon’s 42-16 loss at Arizona on Saturday, the Ducks fell eight spots to No. 13, leaving the Cardinal as the top-ranked team in the Pac-12. Arizona State, who will play Stanford in the Pac-12 title game on Dec. 7, moved up five spots to No. 12 after upsetting UCLA at the Rose Bowl on Saturday 38-33.

Stanford beat Cal in the Big Game Saturday, 63-13.

Also in the BCS standings from the Pac-12 are UCLA, down eight spots to No. 22, and USC, which held steady at No. 23 after a 47-29 win at Colorado Saturday night.

The top three in the BCS standings remained unchanged, with Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State holding the top positions. Ohio State, however, did make up significant ground on the Seminoles in the standings. Last week, Florida State had a BCS average of .9661 to .8869 for the Buckeyes; that margin is now .9697-.9220.

Auburn moved up two spots to No. 4 and Missouri is up three positions to No. 5. The rest of the top 10 is Oklahoma State (up three places), Stanford, Baylor (down five) and South Carolina (up one).

The standings are rounded out by Michigan State, Arizona State, Oregon, Northern Illinois, Wisconsin, Fresno State, LSU, Oklahoma, UCF, Louisville, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC, Duke and Notre Dame.

Fresno State got some bad news in the standings, as the Bulldogs dropped a spot to No. 16 while Northern Illinois jumped ahead of them from No. 16 to No. 14. Both teams, from non-automatic qualifying conferences, are ahead of the top team from the American Athletic Conference, UCF, which would guarantee one of them a berth in a BCS bowl. But that berth would go only to the highest-ranked team.

As far as the Pac-12 title game goes, its location will be decided on Saturday night when Arizona State hosts Arizona. If the Sun Devils beat the Wildcats, then the conference championship will be at Sun Devil Stadium. If Arizona wins, the Cardinal will host the game for the second straight year.

Stanford is 9-2 but has already completed its conference schedule and hosts Notre Dame next Saturday.

Topics: Bcs, BCS Standings, Stanford Cardinal

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