The Eye On College Football Bloggers react to the updated BCS Standings, made official Sunday night after Week 12. Below are the top 10 in the recently calculated standings; you can check out the full list at the Rankings Index.
|BCS Standings (Nov. 25)|
|There are no more ifs, ands or buts for Notre Dame. On January 7 in Miami, Notre Dame will be playing for a national championship. The only question now is who Notre Dame will be playing. Some may want to question the strength of Notre Dame's schedule en route to a 12-0 season, but it's a silly argument to make. At the moment the Irish have wins over Oklahoma and Stanford, two teams that could end up in BCS bowls. The Irish also beat nine teams this season that are bowl eligible, which is as many as Alabama and Georgia beat combined. -- Tom Fornelli|
|And so Alabama ends the regular season exactly where it expected to end it, more-or-less: in one of the top two slots in the BCS standings and needing only an SEC Championship Game win to cement its third BCS championship berth in four seasons. It might be true that the Crimson Tide needed a sizable chunk of help both this season and last, but it's a testament to the remarkable consistency of Nick Saban's Tuscaloosa machine that the Tide were in position to benefit from that help in the first place. Lucky? Yes, but it's luck the Tide also had a large hand in making. -- Jerry Hinnen|
|It's been one of the biggest debates -- maybe the biggest debate -- surrounding Mark Richt's tenure at Georgia. Everyone knows he's a good coach. But is he the sort of coach who can win a national title? This week, Richt will be presented with the single biggest opportunity of his coaching career: one game against the Tide (in Georgia, no less) for the right to play a Notre Dame team most observers would expect his Dawgs to beat if they got that far. Win, and the doubters are silenced for good. Lose, and, well, it's not like Richt will be going any place anytime soon. But the debate will rage on all the same. -- JH|
|Is there any more inscrutable team in the country than the Gators? Need a last-second blocked punt to beat UL-Lafayette, then come back two weeks later and beat Florida State in Tallahassee by double digits--that makes perfectly logical sense, right? So how the Gators have arrived at 11-1 and the BCS No. 4 rating is something of a mystery, what's not is that they fully deserve that rating; with victories over three other members of the SEC's top-10 BCS club and the likely ACC champion Seminoles, Will Muschamp's team has compiled the best resume of any team in the country. It won't get the Gators a BCS title shot -- they needed some help from the Trojans they didn't get -- but it should earn them plenty of respect heading into 2013. -- JH|
|With wins by Stanford, Alabama, Georgia and Florida this weekend the odds of Oregon making its way to Miami are somewhere between slim and none right now. The Ducks no longer have a Pac-12 Championship Game to play in and potentially boost their BCS stock. And though it's of little consolation to Oregon, the Ducks will still be playing in a BCS bowl this year. The only question is which one. -- TF|
|The Wildcats took the weekend off ahead of next weekend's finale at Texas, and watched their last shreds of hope for sneaking into the BCS Championship Game go up in smoke with Notre Dame's win at USC. But there is still plenty to play for against the Longhorns: With Oklahoma's wild, overtime win over Oklahoma State, K-State still needs one more win to wrap up the Big 12 title and the automatic BCS berth that comes with it. At this point, another loss to close the year would almost certainly exclude the Wildcats from both. -- Matt Hinton|
|The Cardinal took care of business against UCLA in the Rose Bowl, setting up a Pac-12 title game against the Bruins on their home turf. The BCS standings are nothing but shiny ornaments for David Shaw's club now, as their focus sharpens on a possible Rose Bowl title. There's no time to play "what if" as the Cardinal play some of their best football of the year. All they can do is focus on the very attainable goals ahead. -- Chip Patterson|
|With a victory against a feisty Arkansas squad, LSU wrapped up yet another 10-win regular season. Unfortunately 2012 is one of those years where even that was not good enough to guarantee a BCS bowl bid, and by the time LSU's number is called there will likely be no more SEC spots in the BCS bowls. -- CP|
|Like LSU, Texas A&M has done everything right but be in the wrong conference for earning a potential BCS bid. The strong finish for the Aggies will benefit them in the bowl selection process though, and our own Jerry Palm has Johnny Football finishing his fantastic freshman career in Dallas against a Big 12 opponent in Jerryworld. Could it be the Longhorns? We can only hope. -- CP|
|10||South Carolina |
|For South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, nothing must have been sweeter than to earn that 65th win -- making him the winningest coach in program history -- against Clemson in Death Valley. Another 10-win season for Ol' Ball Coach further establishes the Gamecocks as perennial contenders in the SEC East, but their two losses have them too far from the top of the standings to reap BCS benefits. -- CP|
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