BCS Rankings November 22: Alabama Creeps Closer to No. 1

Bleacher ReportContributor INovember 22, 2009

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 07:  Mark Ingram #22 of the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Louisiana State University Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 7, 2009 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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With the well documented chalk-fest that this college football season has been, it's no surprise that the sixth edition of the BCS rankings look a whole lot like the first five.

The only real changes came towards the middle of the BCS bowl eligibility line (Top 16). Oregon and Ohio State both see their rankings rise after both won important conference games, and seem destined to play one another in the Rose Bowl, with Ohio State having already booked their ticket for Roses last weekend.

Oregon can join the Buckeyes, if they can beat Oregon State in their Civil War in less than two weeks. The winner of that game will represent the Pac-10 in the BCS, as it is unlikely that another Pac-10 team will be BCS bowl eligible.

Another interesting development, although not exactly important down the stretch, is how close Alabama has crept towards Florida. Mostly on the strength of their computer rankings, the Crimson Tide have gained some ground in the BCS on the Gators, and now sit just .005 points behind the Gators. That distance would be equivalent to just 42 extra points in the Harris Interactive Poll, or 22 in the Coaches’ Poll.

Its likely that we will not see much change next week either, setting up a huge and very important December 5th weekend where most of the BCS bowl bids will be decided, and maybe we’ll finally get some upsets and a shakeup or two.

BCS Rankings - November 22nd

Rank Team BCS Score
6Boise State.7834
7Georgia Tech.7756
10Ohio State.6523
12Oklahoma State.5134