BCS Standings Reaction (Oct. 21): Computers favor Florida, Kansas State over Oregon

By Eye on College Football staff
Florida jumped to No. 3 in both polls and held onto the No. 2 spot in the updated BCS standings. (US Presswire)

The Eye On College Football Bloggers react to the updated BCS Standings, made official on Sunday night after the Week 7 action. Below are the top 10 in the recently calculated standings, you can check out the full list at the Rankings Index.

BCS Standings (Oct. 21)
RankTeamComment
1Alabama
Overall: 7-0
Conference: 4-0
Another week, another blowout victory, another set of BCS standings with the Tide at the top. But believe it or not, that's not business-as-usual for Nick Saban's Tide at this stage of the season. In Saban's two national championship-winning seasons in Tuscaloosa, his team spent a grand total of one week combined at the top of the BCS heap, that one in the final edition of the 2009 standings after upending previous No. 1 Florida in the SEC Championship Game. The last time that Alabama spent a midseason week as the BCS No. 1 was 2008, when they were there for four weeks before losing in Atlanta to ... Florida. With the Gators one win vs. Georgia from clinching their spot in the SEC Championship Game, is anyone worried about deja vu? As long as the Tide continues to win games over SEC opponents by scores like 44-13: no, they're not. -- Jerry Hinnen
2Florida
Overall: 7-0
Conference: 6-0
Yet another quality opponent in the Gators' way -- in South Carolina, arguably one as tough as any the Gators have faced all season -- and another compelling Florida victory, one that ends all doubt about the Gators' bona fides as the SEC's second-best team. The bad news for the Gators is that, despite having eliminated the Gamecocks, survived Kyle Field and Neyland Stadium and even run past LSU, the margin for the Gators to come away with anything other than a gaudy record remains razor-thin; lose to Georgia this Saturday, and they likely won't even win the East. The good news is that with a win in Jacksonville, the East is clinched -- and given the Gators' lofty standing in the current BCS pecking order, it's possible that even a Florida loss to Florida State wouldn't keep an SEC Championship Game vs. Alabama from becoming a de facto BCS play-in game. -- JH
3Kansas State
Overall: 7-0
Conference: 4-0
The Wildcats make their move on the strength of an efficient, start-to-finish blowout at West Virginia, giving them arguably the most impressive set of road wins -- over Oklahoma in Norman and now WVU in Morgantown -- of any team in the country. It also solidified K-State's hold on first place in the Big 12 standings, which is firmer still thanks to a head-to-head win over the top challenger, Oklahoma. Still, with five more games to go against Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, TCU, Baylor and Texas -- all currently boasting winning records except Baylor, which boasts the conference's highest-scoring offense -- there's no time for counting the proverbial chickens. -- Matt Hinton
4Oregon
Overall: 7-0
Conference: 4-0
Oregon might be on the outside of the championship game looking in, but that's because the Ducks haven't reached the portion of their schedule that will allow them to climb in the standings. Barring some kind of unforeseen disaster, the Ducks will finish October with an easy victory over Colorado before heading into a November that will decide their fate. Oregon will have to play USC, Stanford, Cal and Oregon State during the final month of the season, with only the Stanford game being played in Eugene. If Oregon wins out and then wins the Pac-12 championship, it'll be in the top two. -- Tom Fornelli
5Notre Dame
Overall: 7-0
Conference: N/A
The Irish are 7-0 and have had some impressive wins, but next week will be the game that tells us what we still don't know about the Irish. If Notre Dame can go down to Norman and beat an Oklahoma team that's also ranked in the top 10, then only USC will stand between Notre Dame and the title game. Well, that is unless the Irish don't trip up against Wake Forest, Pitt or Boston College. Undefeated Notre Dame teams never lose to Boston College! -- TF
6LSU
Overall: 7-1
Conference: 3-1
With hard-fought victories against South Carolina and Texas A&M, the Tigers have bounced back from their early-season loss in the best way possible. Now the team gets two weeks to prepare for Alabama in Death Valley, the game that could blow the BCS standings wide open and put LSU in control of the SEC West race. The recipe is simple: win the SEC West, win the SEC Championship Game and a BCS title game bid should follow. -- Chip Patterson
7Oregon State
Overall: 6-0
Conference: 4-0
The Beavers might be the biggest wild card in the top 10 right now. They keep winning, but they don't do so in spectacular fashion. No one facet or player on this team is spectacular, but it's been solid on defense and good enough on offense. And as a team, this is a squad that's proven very tough to beat. That being said, while wins against Wisconsin and UCLA look good, the Beavers are still going to have to beat Stanford and Oregon to truly convince any doubters. -- TF
8Oklahoma
Overall: 5-1
Conference: 3-1
OU moves up one spot this week courtesy of South Carolina's loss at Florida, on the heels of a 52-7 romp over Kansas, the Sooners' third consecutive Big 12 blowout after a slow September. Oklahoma's immediate fate rests on this weekend's visit from Notre Dame, both teams' best chance of moving into the discussion for one of the top two spots with an impressive win. In the Sooners' case, though, it's also going to take some help from at least one of their Big 12 rivals down the stretch to avenge their early loss to Kansas State. -- MH
9USC
Overall: 6-1
Conference: 4-1
USC might be near the bottom of the top 10 right now, but this is a team that could climb the ladder quickly should it keep winning. With games still scheduled against Oregon and Notre Dame, along with a potential Pac-12 Championship Game, the Trojans still have a shot at getting to Miami. They just need to keep winning and hope some of those unbeatens in front of them falter along the way. -- TF
10Georgia
Overall: 6-1
Conference: 4-1
Georgia not only has a favorable computer ranking, but they also have an opportunity to pull off a season-changing win in the Cocktail Party against Florida. A win there will only propel the Bulldogs ahead in the computers and the rankings, keeping SEC and BCS title hopes alive. -- CP



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