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BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

Posted on: October 30, 2011 9:12 pm
Edited on: October 30, 2011 9:36 pm
 


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On Sunday night the new BCS standings were released. There were some shakeups at the top with the losses of Clemson and Kansas State, and Stanford also leapt in front of Boise State following its win over USC.  

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: The Tigers hold steady at the top of the BCS standings after their first off-week of the season. SEC partisans hoping for a rematch between the combatants in this week's Game to End All Games will be rooting for Alabama; thanks to LSU's top-notch nonconference schedule giving them a computer boost, their pre-loaded positioning at the No. 1 team in the country and -- most importantly -- that they're forced to play the Crimson Tide on the road, they loom as much more likely to leap back into the BCS top two following a loss Saturday than their Tuscaloosa counterparts. - Jerry Hinnen

2. Alabama: No change this week for the Crimson Tide, either, as they stay in the No. 2 spot following a bye of their own. But we doubt the Tide minds all that much. For one thing, they know they don't have to worry about ascending to the top spot if they come out victorious this week; Oklahoma State already has the best computer rankings in the formula and still isn't within real striking distance of the top two. They have no chance of leapfrogging the LSU-Alabama winner as long as that team stays perfect. For another, the No. 2 slot has some nice precedent for Alabama--that's where they stayed in the BCS standings throughout the 2009 season, too, behind Florida ... until smashing the Gators personally and going on to win the national title. Is their a repeat in the cards for 2011? - JH

3. Oklahoma State: Oklahoma State currently sits in the best position amongst anybody to climb into the top two next week. With Alabama and LSU playing on Saturday, somebody is going to move into that second spot, and the Cowboys will be that team if they beat Kansas State. If Oklahoma State can get through its final four games without a setback, then it's the favorite to be playing for a national title. Of course, getting through those games is a lot easier said than done. - Tom Fornelli

4. Stanford: The Cardinal got their toughest test of the season on Saturday night, but they were able to knock off USC and remain unbeaten. Aside from Oregon, I don't see much of a threat for Stanford remaining in the Pac-12. Maybe, and I mean maaaaybe, Notre Dame can get to them, but if Stanford gets by Oregon I don't see a loss on the schedule. Stanford is a very real threat to get to New Orleans. - TF

5. Boise State: Good news for Boise State: Clemson took a loss and is out of the way! Not good news: Stanford has passed the Broncos after a 3-OT win over USC on Saturday, so Boise's still stuck at 5. Still, of the top five teams, the Broncos have the lowest probability of sustaining a loss from here on out in the regular season, so it's likely that Boise's not finished rising up the standings -- even if going undefeated may, once again, not be enough to satisfy the BCS. - Adam Jacobi

6. Oklahoma: It's not the same as being in the top three, but Oklahoma climbs back up to six following a big win over Kansas State. The Sooners are still very much a darkhorse to play for the BCS title this January as a one-loss team, with games against Texas A&M and Oklahoma State still on the schedule. They also don't have a conference championship to get through, so if the Sooners can win out, they're going to climb even further. - TF

7. Arkansas: You might expect the third-best team in the SEC to be entirely deserving of the No. 7 spot in the FBS. But the Hogs haven't come close to playing the part the past two weeks, struggling at hapless Ole Miss and getting straight-up outplayed on the road at Vanderbilt last Saturday. Thanks to Tyler Wilson the Razorbacks have the offensive horses to play with anyone, and their season-ending visit to LSU still has the potential to turn the entire college football season on its head. But after yielding 462 yards (and 6.6 per play) to the previously low-fi Commodore offense, it's hard to see the Hog defense getting nearly enough stops to challenge the Tigers. - JH

8. Oregon: Oregon's hanging tough at No. 8, and that's fine, but it's going to take multiple quantum leaps for the Ducks to get into the national championship conversation. Step 1 is obviously a win over Stanford in two weeks, but even if they pull that off, it's going to take a LOT of help for Oregon to get any higher than fourth or fifth. The secondary's going to get tested over the next few weeks with games against Keith Price, Matt Barkley, and of course Andrew Luck. No pressure, Ducks. - AJ

9. South Carolina: The Gamecocks benefit from the losses of both Kansas State and Clemson this week by climbing into the top ten of the BCS, but is this really a team we can expect to be here much longer? Take away a 54-3 blowout of Kentucky, and this is an offense that's been struggling to score points for over a month now, and Marcus Lattimore is out for the season. Add in a road game against Arkansas this weekend and Clemson at the end of the season, and I don't like South Carolina's odds. - TF

10. Nebraska: A few weeks ago, it didn't seem like Nebraska was ever going to be the top team in the Big Ten this season; the Huskers were sorely lacking in big wins, while Wisconsin and Michigan looked like the class of each division. How quickly circumstances change, however, and now the Big Ten's only representation in the Top 12 of automatic bids is Big Red. The real fun for Nebraska begins on November 12, when the Huskers travel to Penn State and follow that up with a road date at Michigan. Two wins, and Nebraska's got a case for being a Top 5 team. Another loss, and it's back to chaos in the Big Ten. - AJ
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Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:25 pm
 

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

Neutral (essentially road) loss to LSU vs home loss to Texas Tech (who just lost 41-7 to Iowa State).  And yet Oklahoma is 2 spots ahead of Oregon?



Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:44 pm
 

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

It wasn't my intention to state that Stanford's schedule is better.  My point being that BS plays no one, but somehow are always in the top five.  At least other schools don't fill there schedule with cupcake teams.  I believe BS's toughest opponent this year is TCU.  Cmon.  



Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:40 pm
 

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

Read the complete post where I stated that most teams schedule cupcake games.   I wasn't excluding the Pac12.   



Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:38 pm
 

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

First of all, I gave kudo's to LSU.  They are the one team in the S.E.C. with the toughest schedule.  LSU is deserving of the no. 1 spot.  My beef was with the other teams in the S.E.C.  Alabama's toughest opponent is LSU.  Florida is done.  Georgia, Tennessee, are not worth mentioning.  Take a look at their non conference schedules.  During the years of 2000-2008 (i could be wrong) USC beat Alabama twice, destroyed Arkansas twice.  Unless i'm wrong (and i could be) the Pac 10 went 10-5(6) against the S.E.C.  All of the S.E.Cs wins were at home.  USC and UCLA were unbeaten during that time.  Yes, LSU beat up on Oregon this year.  Again, kudos to LSU.  They are an awesome team.  If anyone represents the S.E.C.  LSU does.  Before you say that was a long time ago, i live in S.E.C. country and all I hear is about the Gators, the Dawgs and how strong they once were.  



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 8:40 pm
 

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

I'm not a Boise State fan, but your argument is nonsense since none of the "Big Boys" will agree to play them.  Georgia, Oregon and Oregon State have over the last 3 years though and they all lost, so again, your argument is complete false based on the facts.  Boise State would LOVE to be in a higher profile conference, but again, those conferences don't want them.
LSU asked three years in a row to play Boise but was told there wan't any room on the schedule.  Facts are pesky things...



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 8:37 pm
 

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

I would say Oregon is a pretty good team as well.  Bama, Florida both schedule easy non conference games.  They won't schedule a tough game for fear of losing and then having to run the table the rest of the season.  Every school, every conference does the same thing with exception to a few schools.  Props to the SEC for winning the last five, but ask them to schedule tough non conference games.
Like Notre Dame and Minnesota?  Facts aren't your deal are they?  Newsflash, LSU pounded Oregon and West Virginia awy from Baton Rouge.  Swing and a misss...



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 8:31 pm
 

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

C'mon,  who has Alabama played this year?  So far, their toughest opponent was Penn State and PS lost to the one school with a winning record.  Arkansas isn't much better, Tennesse totally sucks, the Gators are done.  The one tough team Alabama has to play is LSU, and they will lose to LSU.  Not an LSU fan.  Almost forgot, since the cheater at Auburn is no longer there they suck as well.  This is how the S.E,C. has won the last five by having cupcake non conference schedules.  Open your eyes and see the S.E.C. for what it really is.
LSU played and throttled your conference's best team, Oregon, on a neutral field.  They also played AT West Virginia (top 5 home field advantages in the nation/.  USC plays Notre Dame and squeaked by awful Minnesota.  You seem to have an odd definition of cupcakes.



Since: Dec 8, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 7:50 pm
 

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

Chris How can you say stanfords schedule is better right now. As of right now boise schedule is 22 and stanfords is like 90. So how could stanford jump them right now in the polls. If your going to use schedule how is that possible. I will admit this is not the best team boise st has had. but they still deserve a shot. They are not proving otherwise.



Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 6:57 pm
 

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

You do realize that Wisconsin lost to the two teams that the Huskers beat.  Wisconsin has lost 2 games and the Huskers have lost just one.



Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 4:41 pm
 

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

C'mon,  who has Alabama played this year?  So far, their toughest opponent was Penn State and PS lost to the one school with a winning record.  Arkansas isn't much better, Tennesse totally sucks, the Gators are done.  The one tough team Alabama has to play is LSU, and they will lose to LSU.  Not an LSU fan.  Almost forgot, since the cheater at Auburn is no longer there they suck as well.  This is how the S.E,C. has won the last five by having cupcake non conference schedules.  Open your eyes and see the S.E.C. for what it really is.  
 


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