The biggest development of the weekend may not have been Stanford still being No. 4 in the BCS. It may have been Arizona State losing to UCLA. You would think Stanford will jump No. 3 Alabama and has a good chance of jumping No. 2 Oklahoma State this week with a win over No. 7 Oregon.
But then what? Stanford would only have either a weakened in the rankings (if ranked at all) ASU squad, or an 8-4 UCLA team waiting for them in the Pac-12 Championship game. Meanwhile, Oklahoma State still has Oklahoma on the schedule and a win over them would certainly catapult them past Stanford. It may have been that way even if ASU had won out, but now there can be no doubt.
So Stanford is left rooting for Texas Tech, Iowa State or Oklahoma to upend the Cowboys, and that Alabama wont jump back over them. Not sure anyone is worried about Boise State at this point
All I could think about watching the Alabama-LSU game was how great it would be to see Andrew Luck take on that LSU-SEC defense and prove his critics wrong. Lets hope Stanford keeps winning and we get a chance to see that.
Heres whats left for the top four teams...
No. 1 LSU (2 ranked teams left)
1112 Western Kentucky
1119 @ Ole Miss
1125 No. 8 Arkansas
SEC Title game vs. either No. 15 Georgia, or No. 13 South Carolina
No. 2 Oklahoma State: (1 ranked team left)
1112 @ Texas Tech
1128 @ Iowa State
123 No. 6 Oklahoma
No Big 12 Championship Game anymore
No. 3 Alabama (1 ranked team left)
1119 Georgia Southern
1126 @ No. 20 Auburn
No SEC Title Game because LSU will win the SEC West
No. 4 Stanford (1 ranked team left)
1112 No. 7 Oregon
1126 Notre Dame
Pac-12 title game
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville has placed coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich on administrative leave amid a federal bribery investigation.
Jurich is on paid leave, while Pitino is on unpaid leave. The coach’s attorney, Steve Spence, told the Courier-Journal Wednesday that Louisville has “effectively fired” Pitino.
Pitino’s exit comes after the school acknowledged on Tuesday that the men’s program is part of a federal investigation into alleged bribery of recruits. The 65-year-old coach was not named in the indictment that resulted in the arrest of 10 people including four assistant coaches at other schools and an Adidas executive.
It is the latest black eye for the Cardinals program. Pitino and Louisville are in the middle of appealing NCAA sanctions following an embarrassing sex scandal.
Jurich has supported Pitino through his transgressions during the athletic director’s nearly 20-year tenure at the university.
BERKELEY -- Stephen Carr ran for a fourth-quarter touchdown two plays after Southern California's defense forced one of its six turnovers and the fifth-ranked Trojans won their 13th straight game, 30-20 over California on Saturday.
USC (4-0, 2-0 Pac-12) has dominated the series with its in-state rival by winning 14 straight against the Golden Bears (3-1, 0-1), but this was one of the tightest matchups in years as the game was tied early in the fourth quarter.
Sam Darnold threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns for the Trojans but also had an interception and was under pressure for much of the day.
It was the defense that stepped up for USC, intercepting a pass from Ross Bowers in the first quarter to set up a field goal and then delivering the big play early in the fourth quarter after Chase McGrath gave the Trojans a 16-13 lead with his third field goal of the game.
Josh Fatu knocked the ball out of Bowers' hand and Uchenna Nwosu recovered the fumble at the 3. Carr ran it in two plays later from the 2 to make it 23-13.
Ykili Ross then intercepted Bowers' pass on the next possession, setting up Darnold's 4-yard TD pass to Deontay Burnett that put away the game.
Bowers finished 22 for 50 for 303 yards with one touchdown, four interceptions and two lost fumbles.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: The Trojans struggled for much of the game without starting RB Ronald Jones (ankle) and WR Steven Mitchell (groin) but managed to pull away late in their first road game of the season.
CALIFORNIA: The Bears used an improved defense to start 3-0 under first-year coach Justin Wilcox but this was supposed to be the test of how far they had come. Cal showed plenty by sticking with a national title contender for three quarters. A sequence on the opening drive of the second will haunt the Bears. Patrick Laird dropped a potential TD in the end zone and Matt Anderson then missed a 29-yard field goal that kept the game tied at 13.
A win against an unranked team should do little to alter USC's poll position.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Visits No. 18 Washington State on Friday.
CALIFORNIA: Visits No. 24 Oregon on Saturday.