Stanford's 55-21 clubbing of USC ended any hope the Trojans had of extending their seven-year run of appearances in Bowl Championship Series games. The team that is likely to benefit most from USC's fall is Boise State.
The Broncos, who have trailed fellow non-BCS outsider Texas Christian in the standings for several weeks, now appear to have the inside track for one of the two open BCS bids, according to projections by Sam Chi, the BCS Guru.
There are 10 spots available for the BCS games, and six of those go to the champions of the BCS conferences. TCU should get a seventh spot, and the loser of the Florida-Alabama game would get an eighth spot. That would leave three teams — a 13-0 Boise State and two-loss Iowa and Penn State — battling for the final two spots.
If Cincinnati were to lose to Pittsburgh in what is likely to be the Big East title game on Dec. 5, then the Bearcats would fall into the mix for the two open BCS spots.
Plenty of football to be played, and here are the remaining regular-season games for the six unbeaten teams:
Florida: Florida International (Nov. 21); Florida State (Nov. 28).
Alabama: Chattanooga (Nov. 21); at Auburn (Nov. 28).
Texas: Kansas (Nov. 21); at Texas A&M (Nov. 26).
Texas Christian: at Wyoming (Nov. 21); New Mexico (Nov. 28).
Boise State: at Utah State (Nov. 20); Nevada (Nov. 27); New Mexico State (Dec. 5).
Cincinnati: Illinois (Nov. 27); at Pittsburgh (Dec. 5).