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For the second week in a row, a team outside the top two in the human polls is the BCS No.1. All three human polls have Oregon No. 1 and Boise State No. 2. Yet, Auburn is the BCS No. 1 due to four of the six computers ranking them on top. This is truly surprising considering that, historically, the voters have slighted the Broncos while the computers have usually regarded them higher. Who would have thought that a well-respected and undefeated SEC team would need to rely on the computers to set the voters straight? It looks like it is going to take a No. 1 ranking in the human polls, for Boise State to have any shot at the title. Meanwhile, the computers are only going to make it harder for the Broncos as their strength of schedule gets worse with each WAC opponent.
Speaking of conference troubles, with the loss of West Virginia to Syracuse on Saturday, the Big East now has no representative in the AP, Coaches, or BCS top 25. They are also the only Big East teams left with 2 losses, and they both have some of the best conference teams remaining. One of them will have to step up in order to finish the season in the top 25.
Nevada is surprisingly back in the polls and in the BCS top 25 for the first time. I say surprisingly only because it is after a bye week, and their last game was a loss to Hawaii. In fact, Nevada was able to sneak in despite not appearing in the coaches’ top 25. Instead, Michigan is the coaches’ No. 25. However, the computers think better of the Wolf Pack than the Wolverines right now, so Nevada earned the BCS spot. If Michigan can beat Penn State next week, they will likely jump over Nevada.
Meanwhile, Virginia Tech should be thanking the voters and the ballots they wrote in on. The Hokies made the BCS at No. 23 only because the human polls ranked them No. 21. The Billingsley Report ranked them No. 25 and the other five computers didn’t rank them in the top 25 at all.
In the AP, there is very little disagreement about who should be ranked in the top 25. A solid 18 teams appear on all 60 ballots. While 24 teams appear on at least 50 of the 60. That left Baylor just enough room to sneak in at No. 25 with only 32 votes. Congrats to the Bears on their first ranking since 1993.
Eight teams received a single vote in the AP, but probably the two loneliest votes are Mike Hlas with Northern Illinois at No. 25 and Jon Wilner with San Diego State at No. 19. Both teams have two losses, and they have only beaten one BCS-conference team between them. Northern Illinois beat Minnesota. (edited 10/26/10)
Cole Harvey and Pete DiPrimio are the only two voters to rank Florida State over Oklahoma. These two teams have the same number of losses (one), and for those that forgot, the Sooners beat down the Seminoles 47 to 17 in week two. If Oklahoma loses again and FSU doesn’t, there would be reason to switch the teams, but as of right now, the Sooners have clearly proven themselves the better team.Even with a better record and a direct win over Iowa, these three voters still rank Arizona lower. Maybe it is a Big Ten thing because these four voters still rank Ohio State over Wisconsin even though the Badgers won the head-to-head and just had another solid win over Iowa. Thankfully nobody ranks Iowa over Wisconsin, or it would be time cancel my subscription to the Big Ten Network and just stop watching them until they get a championship game.