No suspense when the Bowl Championship Series standings are released Sunday. Texas will remain No. 1, with Alabama holding on to the No. 2 spot and Penn State at No. 3, according to the BCS Guru. But the Nittany Lions put themselves in a favorable position with a 13-6 victory at Ohio State.
Penn State is idle next Saturday, then plays at Iowa the following week before closing the regular season with home games against Indiana and Michigan State. Because there is no championship game in the Big Ten, the Nittany Lions would appear to have the easiest path to the BCS title game.
Texas' biggest tests are likely to come Saturday at Texas Tech and if the Longhorns make it that far, a likely rematch against Missouri in the Big 12 title game.
Alabama has three of its final four regular season games at home, but the road game is at Louisiana State in two weeks. Then would come a likely matchup against Florida or Georgia in the Southeastern Conference title game. The Gators and Bulldogs play Saturday in Jacksonville.
The rest of the BCS top 10: No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 5 USC, No. 6 Georgia, No. 7 Texas Tech, No. 8 Florida, No. 9 Utah and No. 10 Oklahoma State.
At No. 11 is Boise State, followed by No. 12 Ohio State, No. 13 Texas Christian, No. 14 Missouri and No. 15 Tulsa.