Texas Tech takes control in BCS standings

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NEW YORK - No scoreboard watching necessary for Texas Tech.

Less than 24 hours after the Red Raiders gave the national championship race a makeover by defeating then-No. 1 Texas, they received more good news when the BCS standings were released Sunday.

Texas Tech was in second place, behind Alabama and just ahead of third-place Penn State.

If the undefeated Red Raiders of the Big 12 and undefeated Crimson Tide of the Southeastern Conference win out, they will likely meet in the BCS national championship game in Miami on Jan. 8.

The unbeaten Nittany Lions still need help in the form of an Alabama or Texas Tech loss to reach the title game.

The computer rankings made the difference for the Red Raiders.

Texas Tech was a close No. 3 behind the Nittany Lions in the USA Today coaches' poll and the Harris Poll. Alabama was a solid No. 1 in each poll.

However, the Red Raiders were tied with Alabama for first in the computer ratings, while Penn State was rated fourth in the compilation of six computer ratings the Bowl Championship Series uses.

Alabama had a BCS average of.9747. Texas Tech was at.9372 and Penn State.9286.

With Texas Tech facing ninth-place Oklahoma State and sixth-place Oklahoma in its next two games, plus a possible Big 12 title game down the road, the Red Raiders should be in position to expand their lead over Penn State if they can keep winning.

Though one of the teams ahead of the Nittany Lions has changed (Texas Tech instead of Texas), their problem remains the same: a so-so schedule.

Penn State from the Big Ten plays at Iowa (5-4) next week, then finishes the season at home against Indiana (3-6) and Michigan State, 18th in the BCS standings. The only team the Nittany Lions have beaten that is currently ranked is Ohio State.

The Nittany Lions also better watch their backs. Fourth-place Texas (.8531), fifth-place Florida (.8268) and sixth-place Oklahoma (.8220), all have one loss but will ultimately face tougher schedules than Penn State.

Southern California (.7551) is seventh, followed by Utah (.6972).

The Utes are in position to earn a bid to the Bowl Championship Series from the Mountain West Conference for the second time since 2004 if they can get through the toughest part of their conference slate. One team from the five conferences without an automatic spot can earn a bid to a BCS game by finishing the season in the top 12 of the standings.

Utah hosts TCU, which is 12th in the BCS standings, on Thursday night. The Utes also play rival BYU to finish the regular season.

Boise State is sandwiched between Utah and TCU in 10th place. The Broncos from the Western Athletic Conference need to root for Utah and hope their unbeaten record keeps them ahead of the Horned Frogs, whose only loss is to Oklahoma.

If two or more teams from non-automatic qualifying conferences finish in the top 12 of the BCS, only the highest rated gets an automatic bid.

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SHOCKER1 11/03/08 - 11:01 am
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I'm a hardcore DAWG fan and

I'm a hardcore DAWG fan and since our hopes have been burned out, I am pulling for the TIDE. GO SEC! Penn State has no BCS grounds to stand on with their Big 10 schedule. We would be 9-0 too if we played teams like Indiana, Iowa, and Wisconsin.

Signal Always
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Signal Always 11/03/08 - 11:17 am
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Neither does Southern

Neither does Southern California. No way in hell should they be ranked that high.

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roymccoy 11/03/08 - 12:45 pm
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i'm a spurrier and carolina

i'm a spurrier and carolina fan! may god help any team outside of the sec taking on georgia! they bring out the best in college play!

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r11mcbell 11/03/08 - 01:17 pm
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Florida is the best team in

Florida is the best team in the country. They may play for the championship. If it is Penn State, they better look out!!!!

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imdstuf 11/03/08 - 01:42 pm
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SHOCKER, are you being a

SHOCKER, are you being a redneck homer? Come on, be a man and just root for a team, don't jump on the conference bandwagon to have something to fall back on when your team cannot win it all. I did not go around chanting NL EAST NL EAST when the Phillies won the World Series. Just be glad UGA is still overrated. They not only lost twice, but lost bad. I think they belong down in the bottom of the 25 with my Noles. Neither team has proven to be great this year, but at least the Noles losses have been close.

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Signal Always 11/03/08 - 02:12 pm
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Florida would walk all over

Florida would walk all over Penn State. The NC will come down to either Florida/Alabama and whichever Big-12 team is leading in the Big-12 South at the end of the season. Penn State plays no one.

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SHOCKER1 11/03/08 - 11:38 pm
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imdstuf----Please explain

imdstuf----Please explain what a redneck homer might be. A loss is still a loss homeboy, no matter how close it is. And my Dawgs wouldn't dare stand in the presence of your Noles or the likes of the ACC. I think y'all need to think about giving Bobby the boot---Oh, wait, he doesn't run the show anyway. He just gets paid the big bucks to walk the sideline, looking through his yellow sunglasses, chewing gum.

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