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BCS Standings: Michigan State Drops To 12th In New Rankings

The new BCS standings were just released and the Michigan State Spartans are ranked 12th, one spot down from where they were last week. In the AP Poll and USA Today Coaches Poll, MSU dropped from 10th to 11th, while the Harris Poll kept them at No. 10. This week in the BCS, Alabama, a team with two losses, passed them to move up to No. 11 in the standings.

Here is a full look at the BCS standings as we head into Week 12 of the season:

  1. Oregon
  2. Auburn
  3. TCU
  4. Boise State
  5. LSU
  6. Stanford
  7. Wisconsin
  8. Nebraska
  9. Ohio State
  10. Oklahoma State
  11. Alabama
  12. Michigan State
  13. Arkansas
  14. Oklahoma
  15. Missouri
  16. Virginia Tech
  17. South Carolina
  18. Nevada
  19. Texas A&M
  20. Iowa
  21. Mississippi State
  22. Arizona
  23. Utah
  24. Miami (FL)
  25. Florida State

The BCS standings would decide which Big Ten team goes to the Rose Bowl if a three-way tie happens between MSU, Wisconsin and OSU, and there is really no way the Spartans will move up and pass the Badgers and Buckeyes. Even so, the BCS still matters because if Ohio State and MSU end up tied for first and Wisconsin suffers a loss, the Spartans could be in position for an at-large BCS bid. Dropping to 12th behind Alabama certainly doesn't seem encouraging, but there are still two weeks and a lot of teams ahead of MSU could lose, so an at-large bid is still in the picture in my mind.