College Football

Giglio: Two unbeaten teams, but no guarantees

J.P. Giglio is one of 60 AP voters.November 14, 2011 

  • (Last week's position in parentheses)

    1. LSU (1)

    14. Wisconsin (14)

    2. Okla. State (2)

    15. Kansas State (15)

    3. Alabama (4)

    16. Nebraska (20)

    4. Oregon (6)

    17. USC (16)

    5. Arkansas (7)

    18. Houston (17)

    6. Oklahoma (8)

    19. Michigan (21)

    7. Stanford (3)

    20. TCU (NR)

    8. Clemson (9)

    21. Florida State (24)

    9. Boise State (5)

    22. Notre Dame (25)

    10. Georgia (10)

    23. Southern Miss (NR)

    11. Mich. State (11)

    24. Penn State (18)

    12. Virginia Tech (12)

    25. Tulsa (NR)

    13. South Carolina (13)

    Out: Texas (19), Georgia Tech (22), Auburn (23)

You broke my heart, Oregon. As the Ducks showed with Saturday's 53-30 win at Stanford, they were good enough to win the Bowl Championship Series title, or at least play for it again.

Four turnovers in a 40-27 loss to Louisiana State on Sept. 3 ended that dream, and my preseason No. 1 pick, the day the season started.

The top-ranked Tigers now own wins against the No. 3 (Alabama) and No. 4 (Oregon) teams with a date with No. 6 Arkansas two weeks away.

With Stanford's loss, there's only two unbeaten teams inside the BCS power structure. There's no guarantee either finishes that way.

By virtue of LSU's big wins, (and Oregon's dusting of Stanford only bolsters LSU's portfolio) the Tigers likely will need to lose twice to get knocked out of the BCS title game.

Meanwhile, No. 2 Oklahoma State keeps rolling, with a 66-6 win against Texas Tech - the same Texas Tech team that won at Oklahoma. The Cowboys (10-0) still have to clear a trip to Iowa State (doesn't sound like much, but a classic trap game) and the Sooners before making any BCS title game plans.

Hold on to your hats, the final two weeks will be interesting.

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