Out with Alabama, and in with LSU.
The Tigers, fresh off a 24-21 win over the Crimson Tide, are suddenly the one-loss team in the SEC that’s lurking, moving up to No. 5 this week in the latest BCS standings. They’re the highest one-loss team, ranking ahead of No. 6 Stanford, No. 7 Wisconsin and No. 8 Nebraska.
Auburn remained No. 2 for the second consecutive week, with Oregon occupying the No. 1 spot.
Nothing has really changed for Auburn. Winning out, including winning the SEC championship game, would almost certainly put the Tigers in the BCS National Championship Game.
However, Alabama’s loss to LSU last weekend doesn’t necessarily help Auburn.
Ideally, Auburn wanted Alabama to be sitting there at 10-1 when they met on Nov. 26 in Tuscaloosa, so that Auburn would get maximum credit for beating a top 10 or even a top 5 team in the BCS standings that late in the season.
Alabama dropped to No. 12 this week, so a win over the Crimson Tide might not mean as much now for Auburn.
Ultimately, it shouldn’t matter if Auburn keeps winning, because No. 3 TCU and No. 4 Boise State aren’t going to pass an unbeaten SEC champion in the polls.
What LSU needs to hope for is an Auburn loss somewhere along the way, as well as an Oregon loss.
If that happens, and LSU wins out, it could get very interesting. LSU is helped by a No. 4 average computer ranking, but would need to move up in the human polls. The Tigers are No. 6 in both polls this week. But if they could move as high as No. 3 in both polls, they would have a real shot of claiming one of the top two spots in those final BCS standings.
Who knows? Maybe everybody in front of them will lose similar to what happened in 2007.