There was a big shakeup in the college football rankings this week after Oklahoma was upset by Missouri in Columbia. Oregon, top-ranked in both the USA Today and AP poll this week, was leapfrogged by Auburn in the BCS rankings.
The Auburn Tigers were handsomely rewarded for their victory over LSU on Saturday. Tiger quarterback Cameron Newton looks unstoppable, a true dual-threat player in the vein of Tim Tebow. Newton has already amassed over 1,000 yards on the ground, while throwing for 1,364 yards through eight games.
Auburn's OOC schedule is soft, with games against Arkansas State, Louisiana-Monroe and Chattanooga. The computers highly value the SEC conference, allowing the Tigers to move up sharply in this week's BCS rankings.
After handily beating Washington in Tucson, Arizona moved up to 16th in the USA Today poll, while staying stagnant at 15th overall in the AP poll. As for their BCS ranking, Arizona is now 15th overall.
The Wildcats have a tough road ahead of them if they wish to break into a BCS bowl: road games against UCLA, Stanford, and Oregon are mixed between tough home match-ups against USC and Arizona State. Should Arizona win out, they would have a strong case for inclusion in the BCS Championship game.
Michigan State moves up to 5th, and Missouri is now 6th in the BCS rankings.
Full standings are as follows:
- Boise State
- Michigan State
- Ohio State
- Florida State
- Oklahoma State
- South Carolina
- Mississippi State
- Virginia Tech