Busting Up the BCS: Utah's Come from Behind Win Sets Back TCU's Chances
Week 11 of the college football season is done with, and there were more upsets and great games that affected BCS rankings, especially those teams that are trying to break up the party.
The biggest surprise was Iowa's upset of Penn St., allowing Utah to move up after their clutch come from behind win against TCU. Other games that affected the standings were Texas Tech beating Oklahoma St. and Alabama's defeat of LSU.
Here is the skinny on those mid-major underdogs trying to bust up the BCS. As always, BCS rankings are in parentheses.
UTAH UTES 10-0 (7)
The Utes moved up one spot in the BCS standings thanks to the Penn St. loss and their own come from behind win over TCU. Utah now has the inside track to an automatic BCS bid. They determine their own destination with two games left: an easy away game against San Diego St. and then a tough home matchup with their rivals the BYU Cougars.
BOISE STATE BRONCOS 9-0 (9)
The Broncos continued to set themselves up to go BCS partying should the Utes falter in their last two games. With the Oklahoma St. loss, the Broncos move up one spot in the BCS standings. Boise set down Utah St. in easy fashion and now hit the road the next two weeks versus Idaho and Nevada before finishing up the season at home against Fresno St.
BALL STATE CARDINALS 9-0 (14)
The Cards ran over Northern Illinois and now set their sights on Miami (OH) before they settle in for showdowns with Central Michigan and Western Michigan, both of which are very good teams nipping at Ball State for the MAC West lead. The Cardinals move up three spots in the BCS standings as they leapfrogged BYU and past TCU and LSU with their losses.
BYU COUGARS 9-1 (17)
The Cougars won in convincing fashion against San Diego State. They lost two spots in the BCS rankings as they were leapfrogged by Ball St., UNC, and Michigan St., but they moved ahead of TCU and LSU in the rankings as well. BYU can still improve their lot with road wins against two tough teams in Air Force and Utah. If they can win out, they should be able to leap back over those teams they lost spots to this week.
TCU HORNED FROGS 9-2 (18)
TCU lost a heartbreaker to Utah 13-10 in the last minute of the game. They fell six spots in the BCS standings and are now on the outside looking in with a bye this week and only Air Force remaining on their schedule. The Falcons are a tough opponent but not tough enough to propel them back ahead of BYU or Ball St. should both teams win out.
All three of the aforementioned teams need a loss by Boise State to make them front-runners no matter if they win out or not.
Coming up in Week 12, the only top 25 game is UNC vs. Maryland, so our BCS-busting hopefuls will have to take care of business and hope for some more upsets to happen.
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