BCS Standings: USC and Teams Whose Dreams Died with Crushing Defeats

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIOctober 28, 2012

Oct. 27, 2012; Tucson, AZ, USA; USC Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley (7) looks on during the first half against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE
Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

I wonder if Matt Barkley wishes he had entered the NFL draft now.

Despite being ranked No. 1 in the nation by the Associated Press in the preseason, the USC Trojans chances at playing for a national championship are dead. USC was upset 39-36 on the road against Arizona on Saturday.

Barkley came back to USC when he could have been a top-10 pick in the 2012 NFL draft. He said this when he announced his return per Sporting News: "Our USC football team has been through some tough times, and we have persevered. But the 2012 team has some serious unfinished business to tend to, and I intend to play a part in it."

Hopefully, that unfinished business didn't include hoisting the crystal football in January.

The loss was the second of the season for USC, and it drops them to No. 17 in the BCS standings. Even if they ran the table with wins over Oregon and Notre Dame, they still won't be able to climb back to one of the top two spots in the BCS.

Their battle cry for the rest of the season should be: Make it debatable! At this point, that's all they can hope to do in regard to whether they deserve to play for a national championship.

Here are a two other teams that saw their dreams flatline on Saturday.


No. 12 Oklahoma Stumped Again at Home

At least the Trojans' two losses came on the road. The Sooners picked up the dreaded second loss, but both of their defeats have come in Norman.

Losing to Notre Dame and Kansas State isn't terrible, both are top-five teams in the country, but losing twice at home just isn't something that will fly for a BCS title contender. Only one team (LSU in 2007) has appeared in the BCS title game with two losses.

With so many contenders this season, that won't happen this year.

The Sooners can still play in a BCS bowl game, but the ultimate goal is logically out of reach.


No. 11 Beavers Busted by The Huskies

Oregon State only had an outside shot at playing for a national championship, but that chance is all but gone. They were upset by an unranked Washington team, 20-17, on Saturday.

It was a road loss, and the Huskies are very tough at home, but the Beavers didn't have much room for error. Falling to No. 11 at this late date is too much for a team that was viewed as an upstart to begin with.

The consequences aren't as dire for the Beavers. It's unlikely they came into this season expecting to contend for a BCS title. If they can right the ship in the final five games of the season, they may be able to play in a BCS bowl game.

They have two tough dates on the schedule against Oregon and USC, but if they can split with the elite teams in the Pac-12, they could end the season at 10-2.

That would be a successful season for the Beavers.

Here are the complete BCS standings for Week 10:


 1. Alabama
 2. Kansas State
 3. Notre Dame
 4. Oregon
 5. LSU
 6. Georgia
 7. Florida
 8. South Carolina
 9. Florida State
 10. Louisville
 11. Oregon State
 12. Oklahoma
 13. Clemson
 14. Stanford
 15. Mississippi State
 16. Texas A&M
 17. USC
 18. Texas Tech
 19. Boise State
 20. Nebraska
 21. West Virginia
 22. Arizona
 23. Texas
 24. Oklahoma State

 25. Louisiana Tech


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