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BCS Standings Week 12: Oklahoma State A Comfortable No. 2

LSU, Oklahoma State and Alabama lead the Week 12 BCS Standings, as Boise State and Stanford dropped from the ranks of the unbeatens.

As we approach Thanksgiving, we know a few things about the BCS Standings and the Championship Game. First, LSU is very likely to be in the title game. Second, if Oklahoma State can win out - though that's much easier said than done, given their upcoming Bedlam Bowl showdown with Oklahoma - they will be in the national championship game. Third, if the Cowboys or Tigers falter enough to fall out of the top two spots, Alabama is in very strong position. 

LSU and OSU sit safely in the top two spots, as the only unbeatens among the major conference teams. Bama leads a lengthy contingent of one-loss teams, followed in that group by Oregon, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Clemson, Virginia Tech and Stanford. According to current projections, Alabama would retain their spot even if OU tops Oklahoma State. 

Houston will not play in the national championship game, but the Cougars are the third unbeaten and are now ranked No. 11 in the standings. Texas now ranks 23 after their loss at Missouri and will host No. 13 Kansas State Saturday. TCU's big win over Boise State bumped them up to No. 19. Baylor's late win kept them in the rankings at No. 22. 

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.