Les Miles might get his wish of playing a team from the Pacific 10 Conference in the Bowl Championship Series title game. But that team won't be USC; it's looking more and more like Oregon.
Louisiana State will move into the top spot in the BCS standings on Sunday and Oregon will be No. 2, according to the BCS Guru. The Tigers have three hurdles remaining to earn a trip to the BCS title game on Jan. 7 in New Orleans — at Mississippi next Saturday, Arkansas on Nov. 23 at Tiger Stadium and the Southeastern Conference title game on Dec. 1 at Atlanta. The likely opponent in the SEC title game is Tennessee, which leads the SEC East. LSU, which is only 5-5 against the spread, will be favored in every game.
Oregon plays at Arizona on Thursday night, at UCLA on Nov. 24 and Oregon State on Dec. 1 at Autzen Stadium. The Ducks are 8-1 against the spread.
If either the Tigers or Ducks stumble, this where the Big 12 comes in. The conference has not been regarded among the elite leagues this season, but Kansas (10-0 against the spread), Oklahoma and Missouri are expected to hold down spots three through five in the BCS.
Ohio State is projected to drop to No. 6, followed by West Virginia, Arizona State, Georgia and Virginia Tech. It's looking more and more like Hawaii is going to need help to get into the BCS top 12.
The Warriors are projected to be No. 15 when the official standings are released Sunday.