BCS Rankings – Sunday’s BCS reveals No. 1 LSU held the top spot for the ninth straight week in rankings, and the other shake up pushes Alabama to No. 2. Arkansas jumped three places to No. 3.
The only other time in the 75-year history of The Associated Press rankings that the top three teams all came from the same conference was the final regular-season poll of 1971, when Nebraska, Oklahoma and Colorado from the Big Eight were 1-2-3.
And this time it’s not just one conference, but one division (the SEC West) holding down the top spots.
No. 4 Stanford from the Pac-12 is the first non-SEC team in the rankings and Oklahoma State dropped from No. 2 to No. 5 after its first loss of the season. The Cowboys lost 37-31 in double overtime at Iowa State on Friday night.
That opened the door for Alabama to move up to No. 2.
Oregon lost 38-35 at home to USC that night and Oklahoma fell at Baylor 45-38. The last time three of the top five teams lost on the same weekend was Oct. 11, 2008, when No. 1 Oklahoma lost to No. 5 Texas; No. 3 Missouri lost to No. 17 Oklahoma State; and No. 4 LSU lost to No. 11 Florida.
Oregon slipped five spots to ninth with its second loss of the season. Oklahoma dropped from No. 5 to No. 12.
Rounding out the BCS rankings top 10 are, No. 6 was Virginia Tech, followed by Boise State, Houston, Oregon and Southern California at No. 10.