NEW YORK -- All that stands between a Kansas-LSU matchup in
the BCS national championship game are some tough opponents.
LSU was first and unbeaten Kansas was second in the Bowl
Championship Series standings Sunday and the chances of another
team catching either without the Tigers and Jayhawks losing seems
The Tigers are No. 1 in the polls and the computers ratings and
have BCS average of .990. The Jayhawks are No. 2 across the board
with a BCS average of .949.
Kansas moved up two spots this week, taking advantage of losses
by Oregon and Oklahoma.
Hoping for Kansas or LSU to slip up are third-place West
Virginia (.888), Missouri (.871), Ohio State (.860) and Arizona
LSU faces Arkansas at home on Friday before playing in the
Southeastern Conference championship game against either Georgia or
Tennessee on Dec. 1 in Atlanta.
Kansas and Missouri meet Saturday in Kansas City for the 116th
time, and never has it been more important. The winner goes to the
Big 12 title game with national championship hopes in tact. If
Kansas gets by Missouri, either Oklahoma or Texas awaits in the Big
12 title game.
Ohio State (11-1) finished its regular season with a 14-3
victory over Michigan and is locked into at least a Rose Bowl bid
as the Big Ten champion.
If the Buckeyes catch a few breaks and find themselves in the
BCS title game, the Rose Bowl will be without a Big Ten team. To
qualify for an at-large bid, teams must finish in the top 14 of the
final BCS standings. After Ohio State, the next best Big Ten team
is Illinois in 18th place.
The Rose Bowl is in good shape to have a Pac-10 team with
Arizona State leading the league and Southern California and Oregon
still in the mix for at-large bids.
Hawaii was in 15th place in the standings, one spot better than
last week and three spots behind where the unbeaten Warriors need
to finish to earn an automatic BCS bid.
Hawaii plays Boise State, 19th in the standings, Friday night.
The winner should get a good boost, but time is running out.