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College Football BCS Rankings: Impact Of Week 11

Most of Week 11 in the college football world is in the books. TCU survived a major scare against San Diego State, holding on to pick up the win 40-35. Cam Newton led Auburn past an early 14 point deficit against Georgia as the Tigers won 49-31, clinching their spot in the SEC title game.

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That the Horned Frogs only narrowly won today probably isn't the worst thing to happen to their BCS resume today. The Utah Utes were blown out 28-3 by a mediocre Notre Dame team, making TCU's dismantling of Utah much less impressive than it seemed a week ago today. 

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Further, Boise State blew out Idaho on Friday night 52-12. Virginia Tech defeated North Carolina on Saturday as the Hokies move to 6-0 in ACC play and 8-2 on the season. Suddenly the Broncos win over Virginia Tech looks much better than it did earlier in the year.

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The fifth-ranked LSU Tigers currently lead Louisiana-Monroe 23-0 at half, but it will be difficult for the Tigers to get back into the BCS National Championship picture without losses from the teams ahead of them. LSU will not be playing in the SEC championship game. They do have one quality opponent left when they travel to Arkansas to take on the Razorbacks, but they still likely need Auburn to lose once, if not twice, as well as TCU and Boise to lose to leapfrog those teams.

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The top-ranked Oregon Ducks trail against the California Golden Bears 7-0 in the second quarter, but it's tough to see the Golden Bears holding the Ducks offense back for the rest of the game. 

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The top five teams in the BCS rankings aren't likely to change headed into Week 12 unless the Golden Bears can come up with a monumental upset. Wisconsin may jump past Stanford thanks to the Badgers scoring 83 points, but that will have little to no bearing on the title game picture. 

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