Justin K. Aller
Despite not playing, the West Virginia Mountaineers fell two spots in the BCS rankings to No. 21.
We last saw West Virginia on Oct. 20 when they were trounced by the Kansas State Wildcats, who just moved up to No. 2 in the rankings. The Mountaineers host the 5-3 TCU Horned Frogs this upcoming Saturday.
West Virginia is ranked 20th in the Harris Poll and 19th in the Coaches Poll. The computer rankings were all over the place for the Mountaineers, with one ranking as high as No. 13 and one as low as No. 24.
With the Florida Gators losing, there was a new team in the top five of the rankings. That would be the LSU Tigers, who moved into the fifth slot. The Alabama Crimson Tide remained on top, with Notre Dame and Oregonrounding out the top five.
Here are the full rankings:
Fun facts, via the National Football Foundation:
• First-time school(s) in the BCS Standings: Louisiana Tech. A total of 86 schools have appeared in the BCS Standings since they were created in 1998.
• Schools debuting in 2012 BCS Standings: No. 20 Nebraska, No. 22 Arizona, No. 24 Oklahoma, No. 25 Louisiana Tech.
• Dropped out of BCS Standings: No. 15 Rutgers, No. 22 Michigan, No. 24 Ohio, No. 25 Wisconsin.
• This week marks the first time in the history of the BCS Standings that five teams from the same conference have been ranked in the top 10: SEC - No. 1 Alabama, No. 5 LSU, No. 6 Georgia, No. 7 Florida, No. 8 South Carolina. The conference also extends its streak of having at least one team in the No. 1 or No. 2 position in 35 of the last 36 BCS Standings, dating back to Dec. 2, 2007.
• Kansas State has reached its highest-ever ranking at No. 2. The previous high was No. 3 for five consecutive weeks from Nov. 9 through Dec. 6, 1998 and last week's ranking on October 21, 2012.
• Notre Dame ties its highest-ever ranking at No. 3 (2002). The Fighting Irish have been in the top five for three consecutive weeks, the first time that has happened in the BCS era.
• Louisville has cracked the top 10 of the BCS Standings for the first time since Dec. 3, 2006. The Cards' position at No. 10 marks the first time a Big East team has been in the top 10 since Cincinnati (No. 3) in 2009.
• Five schools moved up four or more positions from last week's Standings: Louisville (16 to 10), Clemson (18 to 13), South Carolina (13 to 8), Georgia (10 to 6) and Texas A&M (20 to 16).
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