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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: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:31 am

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

who, my ex-boss was a louisiana native who graduated from arkansas. I was introduced to how big this rivalry was from her, she travels to it every year.  I think Arkansas needs to learn to play better early and quit with the late game comebacks but I believe they may be able to beat LSU as well...

Since: Oct 18, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:22 am
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Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:21 am

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

I have learned that in my previous scenario in the 3 way tie situation. The highest rated BCS team would be the winner of the division. Therefore, in my proposed situation Arkansas would likely win the SEC West.  So as of now I am officially a razorbacker for the rest of 2011. Go pig suey, or whatever...

Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:18 am

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

actually this scenario played itself out almost in the Big 12 in 2007. If OU had lost the conference championship game it would have been interesting to see Texas, Texas Tech and Nebraska all lobby for their spot in said NC game...  

Since: Sep 27, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:50 am

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

No, not if LSU losses a close game at Alabama. No need for debate as the Tigers beat the Ducks. I don't want to hear yeah it was only the 1st game of the year either. Notice how the Ducks have gone back to their 50 point ways as soon as they starting playing inferior defences of the pac 12. Beat Stanford and that "seriously" gauntlet go to the Rose Bowl and beat some overated little 10 team probably MSU or Nebraska and be happy with a top 5 finish in the polls

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:45 am

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

What i would love to see is LSU beat bama, then arkansas beat LSU the last week of the season. That would create a 3 way tie atop the SEC west.  I am not sure of the tie breaker system but if whomever it was were to lose to say a 2 loss S Carolina school it would be awesome watching the SEC implode as the two 1 loss factions who didn't lose in the conference title game made their case for why they were more deserving than a 2 loss conference champion S carolina....

With the lack of talent in other conferences, your scenario could only happen in the SEC.  It would be a shame to not see the best team in the championship game however.

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:43 am

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

Those of you who complain about the BCS, complain to your conference sommissioners.  ONLY the SEC and Big-12 is in favor of a play-off.  The Pac-12 and Big-10 are the biggest obstacles as they both feverishly oppose a play-off.  At least the BCS is far superior to the old east coast and midwestern voter paradigm.

Since: Jun 20, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:41 am

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

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

Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:38 am

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

Who really cares anymore.  Until an actual playoff system evolves, then this is all a sham and based upon what will make the BCS and conferences the best dollar.  Frankly, as a business, it make total sense.  I don't fault it, but I yearn for the day that I don't have to watch analyst/people bicker about whose team is better based upon imaginary numbers that are arbitrarily tossed at the favorite teams of some hire-up.  These are "kids" being exploited to a large degree and it starts to make sense why they freak out and insist on more money when they turn pro.  There is a whole other article to be written about the shape of the entire college scene and I'm not a writter nor am I the one who has the "exclusive story".  I'm just enjoying the games I watch and biding my time when I am able to get excited about the "championships".

Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:32 am
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