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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

Posted by Eye On College Football

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

Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 4:25 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.  

Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 4:17 pm

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

You could make the same argument against Oklahoma State. Their non-con schedule was exclusively cupcakes. Their conference opponents so far include only two arguably LEGIT teams in Texas and Texas A&M. Same deal with Stanford (USC and Washington).

Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 4:15 pm

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

Footballfan222.  Get your head out of your butt.  Boise State plays NOONE, and until they do they are not deserving of a shot at the NC.  It's not just Boise State with a weak schedule, but many others in the top ten have weak schedules.  I'm not an S.E.C. fan, but LSU, probably has the toughest schedule of all.  I'm not a Stanford fan either, but their schedule is tougher than Boise State's.  I would like to see BS play ND, USC, and Oregon and see how they fare.  Too much east coast bias against teams that play in the west.  

Since: Dec 8, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 1:24 pm

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

ya since the sec is really that good. They have two top 5 caliber teams. the rest are not that good at all. And where is your proof boise would not stand a chance. They handled the 3rd or fourth best team in the sec without a problem. Dominated up front i nthe trenches. Boise st lines are dominate no matter who they play when. And as for stanford beating them that is a joke. Boise has a top 30 schedule and stanford is at like 90. How is that possible. You cant say boise doesnt play anyone cause obviously thats not true

Since: Feb 8, 2010
Posted on: October 31, 2011 12:28 pm

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

They would not leapfrog boise because a variety of reasons, but the main one is the government. The government already is very suspicious of the BCS, so if any of those teams leapfrogged boise the BCS would be in trouble due to the governments nature of getting involved in sports and then a playoff would be implemented by the government. This would cause all those BCS people to lose money, so if Boise is 1 of 2 undefeated teams left then just because of that they will play in the BCS Championship game. So people in the BCS are hoping that 2 out of the three from Stanford, winner of the LSU vs Bama game and Ok State do not lose. 

Oregon lost to LSU, so they will not jump over Boise since that would make no sense.
Arkansas barely beats crappy teams and needs miracle comebacks.
Oklahoma blew it against texas tech, they do not deserve a second chance.

Also Georgia is better then people give them credit for and they are ranked in the top 25, so just because you believe they suck does not make it so.

By the way to the Utah comment, this stink this year it has nothing to do with the conference they play in. I get sick of hearing oh well if they played so and so they would lose.

Guess what Boise beat Oklahoma in a BCS bowl game
Utah beat Alabama in a BCS bowl game
TCU beat Wisconsin.
Hawaii lost to Georgia.

If 3 out of the 4 teams from supposedly low level conferences are so terrible why are a majority beating these far superior teams? Hawaii was the worst out of the bunch since they played no defense at all. The other 3 teams play well on both sides of the ball and won. Utah absolutely blew out Alabama who was supposed to be this great team that year, so maybe those teams are overrate due to the media and biases?

Also these non-conference games are schedules years in advanced, so Boise 5 years ago didn't know they would be in this position.  

Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 12:12 pm

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

I think it is very reasonable to assume that those teams under that situation would leapfrog boise...

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:55 am

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

so Stanford wins ONE game against ONE barely top 25 opponet, having not played a single other legitimate opponet all season, and they leapfrog to number 4? 

I've got nothing against Stanford specificaly.....they may or may not be legit ...but this system is a joke.  

Since: May 22, 2010
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:52 am

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

Because 1 loss plus 1 loss equals 2 losses and Nebraska has 1.


Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:43 am

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

I have to assume that at least one one-loss team will leap frog Boise State if they beat a higher seed team.

Oklahoma if they beat OKSt
Oregon if they beat Stanford
Arkansas if they beat SC and then LSU

Some assumptions are being made for these scenarios, but is it unreasonable to assume this?

Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:35 am

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

How is Nebraska ranked ahead of Wisconsin when they got absolutely thrashed by them?

It ain't about's about when.

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