BCS Rankings: 5 Teams That Benefit from Oklahoma and Wisconsin Losing

William PenfieldCorrespondent IIOctober 23, 2011

BCS Rankings: 5 Teams That Benefit from Oklahoma and Wisconsin Losing

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    What started off as a relatively boring afternoon of college football ended up turning into a crazy night with No. 6 Wisconsin and No. 3 Oklahoma going down in upset fashion.

    The Badgers were beat on a wild, last-second hailmary and the Sooners were just outplayed at home against Texas Tech.

    Losses by two undefeated teams will shake up the BCS top 10. When the new rankings are released, some life will be given to the back end of the top 10 in the BCS National Championship race. 

Clemson Tigers

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    After a blowout win against UNC Saturday, the Clemson Tigers were in position to move up in the BCS Rankings even without losses to Oklahoma and Wisconsin.

    But with the two powerhouses losing, the Tigers could move as high up as No. 4 when the new rankings are released tonight. 

    The losses also put the Tigers in prime position for a berth in the BCS National Championship if they can win out, and if Oklahoma ends up beating Oklahoma State in the final game of the season.

Stanford Cardinal

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    The Stanford Cardinal demolished Washington in Palo Alto Saturday night. They probably watched with smiles on their faces when Oklahoma and Wisconsin went down, too.

    Losses by two of the teams ahead of them means that the Cardinal are looking at a rise in the rankings.Expect them to be slotted into the No. 5 position behind Clemson.

    If they can win out and Oklahoma State and Clemson both lose, Andrew Luck and company could find themselves in the BCS National Championship game in January. 

Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    After a 21-point victory over Missouri on Saturday, the Oklahoma State Cowboys saw their in-state rival Oklahoma Sooners lose.

    The Badgers loss doesn't affect the Cowboys much, as they were already ranked ahead of them, but the Sooners loss allows them to move into the No. 3 ranking.

    This all but guarantees that the Cowboys will play for the BCS National Championship if they win the rest of their games.

    Mike Gundy and company had to be ecstatic to see the Sooners go down, although they have to beat them to win out anyway. At least it has been proven that the Sooners are beatable. 

Boise State Broncos

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    After a scare against Air Force, Boise State probably took pleasure in seeing two of the remaining unbeatens losing on Saturday night.

    The less unbeatens there are in college football, the better chance the Broncos have at finally making it to a BCS National Championship game.

    Now they just need Oklahoma State, Stanford, Clemson and Kansas State to lose.

    Even then, the BCS may take a one loss automatic qualifier over an undefeated Bronco team.

    Poor Boise, why don't you guys just join a real conference and play with the big boys?

Oregon Ducks

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    After a loss to LSU, the Oregon Ducks probably thought their BCS National Championship hopes were done.

    As Lee Corso would say, "Not so fast my friend!"

    Losses to Oklahoma and Wisconsin have given the Ducks new life as they could find themselves in the mix for the National Title game if a few things fall in their favor.

    First, they would have to beat Stanford and win out the rest of their schedule. Then, if Oklahoma State and Clemson both lose, the Ducks are back in the conversation.