Boise State and Houston moved up in the latest BCS standings, but it is the Cougars with the inside track for a BCS game.
The Broncos (9-1) were No. 7 this week and Houston No. 8 after both teams won this past weekend. Though Boise State is ranked higher, any non-AQ team hoping for an automatic berth into a BCS game has to be a conference champion. If Houston beats Tulsa this week, then wins the Conference USA title game, that automatic berth goes to the Cougars for the first time in school history.
Houston (11-0) and No. 1 LSU are the only two undefeated teams left in the nation.
Getting an at-large berth remains a possibility for Boise State, but it all depends on the strength of the other teams that will be available. To get an at-large berth, you must be ranked in the top 14 of the final standings. A max of two teams per conference are allowed to get into BCS games.
What really helps Boise State in its quest for an at-large berth is having three teams from the Big 12 and five from the SEC ranked in the top 14. That eliminates a lot of potential candidates. But what could hurt is if Michigan beats Ohio State next week. That would probably get the No. 15 Wolverines into the top 14 -- and an attractive choice for an at-large berth.
TCU was ranked No. 20 this week, while Southern Miss dropped out of the standings after losing to UAB.