Ducks move up to No. 5 with Trojans next

On the heels of their fourth 50-plus point game of the season, the Oregon football team moved to a season-high No. 5 ranking in all of the major polls released Sunday.

The Ducks (6-1) are fifth in the Associated Press writers' poll, the USA Today coaches poll, the Harris poll and the Bowl Championship Series rankings, which use a combination of factors to derive their rankings. The top two teams in the BCS rankings will meet in the Allstate BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 7 in New Orleans. The final rankings and bowl matchups will be announced on Dec. 2.

With its toughest test yet just days away, Boston College moved into second-place behind Ohio State in the BCS standings.

Don't look back BC, third-place LSU gained ground this week and two Pac-10 teams are primed to pounce if the teams ahead of them falter.

With Boston College playing at Virginia Tech, which is eighth in the standings, on Thursday night, the Eagles stay at No. 2 could be as short as South Florida's. South Florida was No. 2 last week but fell to 10th after losing to Big East rival Rutgers.

The Hokies are the highest ranked team BC has faced this season.

The Buckeyes (8-0), who are No. 1 in the AP, Harris and coaches' polls, lead the Bowl Championship Series standings for the second consecutive week with an average of .976 out of a possible 1.000.

Boston College (7-0), which is tops in the computer ratings, took advantage of South Florida's loss and moved up one spot. The Eagles have a BCS average of .950. LSU (.911 average) also moved up a spot and closed in on the Eagles.

Unbeaten Arizona State (7-0) moved up four spots to fourth-place with a .763 average, just ahead of Pac-10 rival Oregon (.762). Oregon made the biggest jump of anyone, moving from 10th last week to fifth.

Oklahoma fell from fourth to sixth after struggling to beat Iowa State (1-7) on Saturday.

The Boston College-Virginia Tech game will start a big weekend of college football that could reshape the Bowl Championship Series standings and the national title race.

Seven of the top 12 teams in the BCS play ranked opponents, including Oregon hosting No. 12 Southern California on Saturday. The Trojans have played in a BCS bowl each of the last five seasons and are 6-1 after shuting out Notre Dame on Saturday. Oregon has gone 5-5 against USC in the last 10 meetings between the teams.

The Buckeyes also face their toughest game so far, playing Penn State on Saturday night in State College, Pa. Ohio State still has to face Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan, all of which were ranked at some point this season. Michigan has won six straight since losing to Oregon on Sept. 8.

Arizona State plays California at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz., on Saturday and then faces Oregon in Eugene on Nov. 3.

Unbeaten Hawaii, trying to be this season's BCS buster, was 17th in the new standings. The Warriors, out of the Western Athletic Conference, which does not have an automatic bid to the Bowl Championship Series, can automatically qualify by finishing in the top 12 of the standings.

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