BCS Rankings: Making Sense of the AP Poll Related to the BCS

Dan Vasta@CI_StatsGuruSenior Writer IIINovember 20, 2011

HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 19: Quarterback Case Keenum #7 of the Houston Cougars waves to the fans after being introduced on Senior Day before UH played against  Southern Methodist University Mustangs on November 19, 2011 at Robertson Stadium in Houston, Texas. Houston defeated SMU 37-7.  (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
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The AP Poll has once again been released and there are a few adjustments that should be made in regards to the BCS.

For one, the USC Trojans can only be ranked in the AP Poll and they have moved up all the way to 10th from 18th.

USC came off a huge victory over Oregon and the voters took notice. Of course that will have zero impact on the BCS Rankings since they are not eligible to play in the Pac-12 Championship or a bowl game.

The victory for the Trojans should help in the long run for recruiting, but all their win does is knock out the Ducks in their pursuit to play for a BCS National Championship.

Oregon dropped from fourth all the way to ninth and Stanford reaped the benefits by knocking off Cal by three point in the "Big Game" as they moved up to fourth.

Oklahoma State only dropped three spots to fifth, which makes you believe the pollsters felt that the loss to Iowa State was a fluke. The Cowboys should stay in the Top Five for the BCS, though a loss to the Sooners would certainly knocked them out of the BCS completely.

Oklahoma is currently at 12th despite their road loss to Baylor. The Sooners-Cowboys loser will be bounced out of the BCS completely and the winner will be opening a nice bag of Tostitos.

The SEC West is beyond great as they currently own college football. The Top Three ranked teams in the country are LSU, Alabama and Arkansas and there is no doubt they will likely remain in some order of the Top Three in two weeks,

Stanford is far behind Arkansas for third, and even if they were to squash Notre Dame, they will likely be left out of the BCS National Championship (book it).

Boise State is seventh and Houston is eighth, which is important since the Cougars are locks to make a BCS Bowl if they run the table. Boise State will get a BCS Bowl as long as TCU does not crack the Top 16 (They are 19th in AP).

The other at-large bid possibility would be Michigan, who sits at 17th. The Fiesta could be calling if they were to knock off Ohio State, but they may need some help.

Will the BCS selection committee (Fiesta Bowl reps) take a one loss Stanford team that does not travel well compared to a two loss Michigan team who travels extremely well?

Obviously if Houston loses, both teams would likely appear in the BCS, but we need to just sit back, eat some turkey and enjoy the remaining madness that may continue.