The BCS rankings are bound to shift after this weekend’s battle between 15th-ranked Arizona and 13th-ranked Stanford. The winner of this game will be positioning themselves well for a BCS bowl.
Arizona’s schedule is like a play with three acts. The first act involved easy wins over Toledo and The Citadel, a huge victory against Iowa, and a squeaker over the California Golden Bears.
After a bye week, the Wildcats lost their first game of the season to Oregon State before reeling off three straight victories against Washington State, Washington, and UCLA.
And so begins the final countdown. Will Arizona be able to run through the gauntlet of Stanford, USC, Oregon, and Arizona State? Road games against the Cardinal and the Ducks will not ease this schedule in any way.
Going into 2010, the Wildcats knew that this schedule was back-heavy, and they went forward and did what they needed to do against the weaker portion of their schedule. Their only misstep, at home against the Beavers, was a mere two-point loss.
I’ve been saying this for a few weeks now, but it bears mention: if the Wildcats can win out, they will be very strong candidates to make the BCS Championship. Their record and schedule will be that impressive. The first step comes this Saturday in Palo Alto.
After a strong victory over USC, Oregon has overtaken Auburn in this week's BCS rankings. The Auburn Tigers and the Oregon Ducks are both locks at the top of the rankings for as long as they continue to win. Oregon's .9777 ranking is closely followed by Auburn at .9599.
After Oregon and Auburn, there were more shakeups. TCU moved ahead of Boise State, earning third placed in the BCS poll. Utah moved up to fifth place, and this is the first time in BCS history that 3 non-automatic qualifying schools have ever been in the top five at the same time.
Despite a road victory over UCLA, the Arizona Wildcats stayed at 15th overall in the BCS rankings. The Stanford Cardinal find themselves ranked 13th, just ahead of Michigan State. The Spartans fell a drastic nine places down the rankings after getting beaten handily by Iowa.
This week's College Football Polls continue to show love for the PAC-10 schools with both the AP and USA Today Coaches Poll putting the Oregon Ducks firmly in the number one spot. Oregon is one of three West Coast teams in the nation's top 15. The Arizona Wildcats climbed from 15 in Week 9, to the 13 place for Week 10. Stanford comes in at number 10 to complete the trifecta.
The Arizona Wildcats were helped in the polls with a win over the UCLA Bruins with backup quarterback Matt Scott filling in for the injured Nick Foles. Scott went 24-of-36 for a career-high 319-yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Wildcats (7-1, 4-1 Pac-10).
Arizona travels to California to face Stanford next week for game that will have huge implications to the BCS Rankings.