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BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 7

Posted on: October 16, 2011 9:18 pm
Edited on: October 17, 2011 12:01 pm

Posted by Eye On College Football

On Sunday night the first BCS standings of the season were released. While the Coaches Poll and AP remain divided on the order of the top three, the most important rankings have LSU with a slight numerical advantage over Alabama for the No. 1 spot. The Bedlam rivals hold down 3 and 4, while Boise State is holding down the familiar position of the outside looking in.

You can check out a rundown of the Top 10 below, with some thoughts from our College Football Bloggers. For a full breakdown of the Top 25 teams in the BCS formula, you can check out the comprehensive standings.

1. LSU : Les Miles' team is in the drivers seat, so it's pretty simple. Keep winning and the Tigers are playing for a national title. Though with games against Alabama, Arkansas and the SEC title game left, it won't be easy. - Tom Fornelli 

2. Alabama: The Crimson Tide have faced three ranked opponents, played four SEC conference games, and still are only allowing 7.0 points per game. The methodical beatdowns of Alabama's opponents have set up the armageddon match against LSU on Nov. 5. If the Tide win that game and continue their high level of play, they will find themselves competing for Nick Saban's third championship in New Orleans come January. - Chip Patterson 

3. Oklahoma: The Sooners find themselves behind both LSU and Alabama, which means that Oklahoma wouldn't be playing for a national title if the season ended now. The good news for Oklahoma is that LSU and Alabama still have to play each other, so if the Sooners win out, they'll likely finish in the top two. - TF

4. Oklahoma State : The computers love the Cowboys, but that's not enough to get them into the top two spots. Good news for them, though, is they still control their own destiny as they get to play Oklahoma and LSU will play Alabama. - TF

5. Boise StateThe Broncos' best chance for a late quality win was assumed to be their one-time MWC showdown with TCU. With the Horned Frogs suffering a significant drop-off from 2010, Boise could easily finish the season undefeated and find themselves outside the top 2 (or 4) in the polls and BCS rankings. Boise State's best chance to make their first appearance in a title game is to get a lot of upset help from the Big 12 and SEC - CP

6. WisconsinWhile it's certainly disappointing to see a team of Wisconsin's caliber rated this low in the BCS, it's not exactly surprising; Wisconsin's first half of the season has been one blowout after another, and in a rating system that's not allowed to consider margin of victory, the only thing that matters is the teams you play. At the very least, Wisconsin is set to face some tougher competition in the coming weeks, so don't expect to see the Badgers ranked at 10th or lower in as many polls by the time November rolls around. - Adam Jacobi

7. Clemson: While the nation waits for Clemson's suspected collapse, Dabo Swinney's squad continues to grind out victories and hang out just inside the Top 10. Tajh Boyd's development and Sammy Watkins' arrival have come at the perfect time for the Tigers, who are four victories away from running the table in the ACC. - CP

8. Stanford:The Cardinal find themselves eighth in the initial BCS standings this year, an improvement from the 13th spot they debuted at last season. While some expected Andrew Luck and company to be slightly higher, their schedule has hurt them in the computer rankings because they have not played a ranked team yet. Stanford still controls their own destiny for the Rose Bowl but have a remote national title shot unless they get some help. - Bryan Fischer

9. Arkansas:The highest ranked one-loss team in the initial BCS standings, the Razorbacks could wind up in a BCS bowl again this year. They also have the chance to play spoiler for top ranked LSU and Alabama and cause some serious chaos in the national title race.- BF

10. Oregon: Fresh off a victory over probably Pac-12 South division winner Arizona State, the Ducks are in a good spot in the top 10 of the initial standings. They are the second highest one-loss team, right behind Arkansas, and their only loss is to top-ranked LSU. The computers send a mixed message about Oregon but as long as they keep winning, they have nowhere to go but up. - BF 

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Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: October 17, 2011 2:47 pm

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 7

BSU's Kellen Moore didn't play the whole game against Fresno either so what's your point?  In fact, Kellen has only played ONE whole game this entire season (Georgia) the rest the coach has pulled him and numerous other starters out so that our upcoming team has some experience next season - you know RELOAD vs REBUILD - makes sense to me

Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: October 17, 2011 1:00 am

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 7

You just created your own rebuttal.  Wisconsin has one of the worst SOS in all of college football (ranked 131) while Boise State has one of the highest right now (ranked 29).  Winning ONE game against Nebraska and then a large group of mud between your toes games, in addition to being half way through the season and Wisconsin has yet to play a road game, means that no one should give too much credit to what Wisconsin has accomplished.  There are many teams which could have achieved the same feat under those same conditions, with BSU being one of them.  At least BSU has beaten 5 of last year's bowl teams, with 3 of those being road victories.  Out of 6 games, BSU has played only 2 at home this season.  While Whisky has been feasting at home on one of the easiest schedules in CFB (being ranked 131 when there are only 120 FBS teams is really bad), BSU has been on the road beating teams who are currently winning their conferences/divisions (with CSU being the lone exception).

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: October 16, 2011 10:30 pm

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 7

Please tell me how you continue to view Wisconsin, who decimated Nebraska and Indiana below Boise state who beat WHOM??  Seriously. you can't say every year that Wisconsin is great that the Big Ten is down.  You're all lost.  No formula makes sense.  How badly would Wisconsin beat Fresno state if they left Wilson in the entire game??  70-3 would be likely.  Move 'em UP!!

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