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BCS Rankings: Boise State, LSU Lose

Everybody had been expecting Boise State to leap past TCU this weekend when the new BCS standings are revealed on Sunday night. That, of course, was prior to their 34-31 overtime loss in Nevada, which will drop Boise State out of the top 5 and out of the BCS title game picture. 

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LSU, who are ranked fifth in the BCS standings behind Boise State, were the highest ranked one-loss team in the BCS rankings. Many thought that they had an outside chance of competing in the BCS title game - despite the fact that LSU didn't even win their division in the SEC. That talk all ended on Saturday as LSU fell to Arkansas, 31-23. 

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The losses by Boise State and LSU are good news for the TCU Horned Frogs, who capped off their perfect regular season with a convincing 66-17 win in New Mexico. Had Auburn lost to the Alabama Crimson Tide on Friday - as they almost did - TCU would be slated to face off against Oregon in the BCS title game. As it stands, TCU is going to remain third when the newest BCS rankings are unveiled on Sunday night.

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There's still hope for TCU to sneak into the title game. Both Oregon and Auburn have games still to play. The Ducks will take on Oregon State while Auburn has to take on South Carolina in the SEC title game. A loss by either team would almost certainly elevate the Horned Frogs into the title game.

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