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LAist-CS Week 13 Rankings: Broken Broncos

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Well Boise State up and ruined it all. My dream matchup of TCU and Boise State in the BCS Championship Game to cause complete chaos in the system has now gone by the wayside thanks to Nevada’s 34-31 win Friday night in overtime in Reno. All Boise State kicker Kyle Brotzman had to do was kick the winning 26-yard field goal after Kellen Moore threw a 54-yard laser beam to Titus Young on the first play of the drive with two seconds left. Not only did Brotzman miss that kick, he missed the 29-yarder in overtime that basically gave the game to the Wolfpack.

All the credit should go to Nevada for holding the Broncos to only a touchdown in the second half while their pistol offense began to fire as they scored 24 points to tie the game. But jeez, Boise was a field goal away from surviving one more week.

Perhaps more dramatically was Auburn’s win over Alabama in the Iron Bowl. The Crimson Tide with their home field advantage jumped out to a 21-0 lead after one quarter. Their defense was relentless holding Auburn quarterback Cam Newton to negative rushing yards. But Alabama started getting sloppy turning the ball over and little by little Auburn started chipping away at the lead. Then their defense started getting stops and the next thing you know Auburn won the game 28-27.

Now while there is a lot of talk about WAC and Mountain West teams not being deserving of playing with the big boys, let’s take a look at a big boy conference: the Big East. The winner of that conference gets an automatic BCS bowl berth. If Connecticut beats South Florida in Tampa next Saturday they get the BCS bowl berth from the conference. This means a four-loss team will be playing an elite bowl game. This is a team that lost to Michigan, Temple, Rutgers and Louisville. Their non-conference wins were Texas Southern, Buffalo and Vanderbilt. Yes they can hang their hat on having beat an SEC team, but it’s Vanderbilt.

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So is Connecticut more deserving than a one-loss Boise State or Nevada team? Anyhow here are the unadulterated rankings that took me forever to decide.

1. TCU Horned Frogs (12-0, 8-0 Mountain West)
2. Oregon Ducks (11-0, 8-0 Pac-10)
3. Auburn Tigers (12-0, 8-0 SEC)
4. Stanford Cardinal (11-1, 8-1 Pac-10)
5. Wisconsin Badgers (11-1, 7-1 Big Ten)
6. Ohio State Buckeyes (11-1, 7-1 Big Ten)
7. Arkansas Razorbacks (10-2, 6-2 SEC)
8. Boise State Broncos (10-1, 6-1 WAC)
9. LSU Tigers (10-2, 6-2 SEC)
10. Michigan State Spartans (11-1, 7-1 Big Ten)
11. Nevada Wolfpack (11-1, 6-1 WAC)
12. Alabama Crimson Tide (9-3, 5-3 SEC)
13. South Carolina Gamecocks (9-3, 5-3 SEC)
14. Oklahoma Sooners (10-2, 6-2 Big 12)
15. Missouri Tigers (10-2, 6-2 Big 12)
16. Virginia Tech Hokies (10-2, 8-0 ACC)

BCS Championship Game: TCU Horned Frogs vs. Oregon Ducks
Rose Bowl: Wisconsin Badgers vs. Stanford Cardinal
Orange Bowl: Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Arkansas Razorbacks
Sugar Bowl: Auburn Tigers vs. Ohio State Buckeyes
Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma Sooners vs. Connecticut Huskies