BCS Standings: What Do They Mean to Auburn's BCS Championship Hopes?

Nathan Deal@@NateDawgAUCorrespondent IOctober 17, 2010

AUBURN, AL - OCTOBER 16:  Quarterback Cam Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers rolls out and looks downfield for a receiver during the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Jordan-Hare Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
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The BCS standings, as you all know, were released tonight, and the Auburn Tigers found themselves at No. 4 in the BCS standings. It was actually a surprise because they were projected to be behind Texas Christian University, who is ranked fifth.

Auburn fans are never comfortable being outside of the top two, because a loaded Auburn team was left out of the national championship in 2004.

But what could this team have that that team didn't? How about a potential Heisman winner in Cam Newton!

The only teams ahead of Auburn in the BCS are Oklahoma (1), Oregon (2) and Boise State (3). It's assumed that if the Tigers keep winning, they'll jump over Boise State. But what about Oregon and Oklahoma?

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The odds are that it's unlikely both of those teams will run the table.

But honestly, Auburn may actually control their own destiny. According to ESPN's Brad Edwards, an unbeaten Auburn would get the nod over an unbeaten Oklahoma. That's partly because OU hasn't been too impressive this season, beating Utah State, Cincy and Air Force by a combined eight points.

Meanwhile, Oregon still has to play UCLA, Washington, Arizona and Oregon State (in Corvallis, no less).

Nevada seems to be all that stands between Boise State and a 12-0 season, but nobody is worried about Auburn being snubbed for a team from the WAC.

If you're an Auburn fan, you can sleep easily tonight. Auburn is in great position to compete for the national championship, with or without help from Oklahoma and Oregon.