BCS Standings: Teams Who Will Feel the Impact of Arizona's Upset of USC

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BCS Standings: Teams Who Will Feel the Impact of Arizona's Upset of USC
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USC didn’t just spear its own postseason aspirations with its loss to Arizona.

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The latest BCS rankings tell the tale of multiple teams that could ultimately be left out of the national championship game as a result of the Trojans’ blunder. Here are those schools, as well as the ones that were helped.

No. 3 Notre Dame

Isn’t that ironic?

Fighting Irish fans likely cheered hysterically for the Wildcats to defeat their rival, but Notre Dame may have needed USC. At No. 3 in the nation, Notre Dame is on the outside looking in. and a victory over a Trojans team ranked in the Top 10 could’ve catapulted the Fighting Irish over Kansas State for the No. 2 spot.

If the Wildcats win out, a triumph over a two-loss USC may not be enough to earn Notre Dame a championship bid.

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No. 4 Oregon

Like the Fighting Irish, Oregon was relying heavily on USC to be a win that’d make its resume undeniable. While the Ducks still have ranked opponents in No. 14 Stanford and No. 11 Oregon State left on their schedule, again, who knows if that’ll be enough to leapfrog an undefeated K-State and Notre Dame. A victory over a one-loss Trojans team would’ve likely been more than enough, though.

No. 5 LSU

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Besides Kansas State, who was obviously helped the most, LSU should also be ecstatic about USC’s loss. Now, a victory over Alabama almost guarantees that the one-loss Tigers would receive a national title bid over an undefeated anyone.

Again, a perfect Notre Dame and Oregon would’ve been extremely difficult to keep out if each had defeated an elite Trojans club. But now, a win over the No. 1 Crimson Tide would outweigh anything the Fighting Irish and Ducks will do the rest of the season.

Here are the updated BCS standings:

 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

David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.

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