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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: Jun 23, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2011 9:59 am

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

Oklahoma being #6 is a total joke, they lost to a team that lost to Iowa State by 5 touchdowns......

Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 9:21 am

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

Should be a great weekend of college football, with LSU&Bama going at it. One of those two will be in the N/C game. Who they face in that game is what makes for a exciting finish to the season. I will say it will be a one lose team, even if Boise St gos undeafted. The only team that might get there undeafted would be Stanford, but Oregon will probably pop that bubble. Okl St sorry, seen this movie before. They don't have the defense to get them there, and if they do find enough defense to get by Okl, LSU or Ala would embarrass them. Nothing against Okl St, but they always seem to be able to put a high scoring team on the field, but usually lose if the game becomes a shoot out. I hope they do make it, old Big-8 brother and all, but......


Since: Sep 2, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 4:21 am

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

USC played its bowl/championship game Saturday night and still lost. They gave Stanford a real go last season too. I expect Stanford to smack Oregon State before we find out who is the best team on the west coast. Sorry Boise, but beating Air Force by 11 on the Smurf Turf isn't a statement especially when Notre Dame routed Air Force.

Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 1:46 am

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

A lot of SEC haters.  They've won the BCS championship the past 5 years.  Bama and LSU are in a league of their own. 
Boise shouldn't be ranked this high this early in the season.
OSU controls their own destiny at this point.
Let's hope Stanford doesn't remain undefeated; it'll make for a disappointing national championship game.
Hopefully, Clemson makes a strong climb back up.

Since: Nov 23, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2011 1:44 am

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

Overranked teams include Georgia, Auburn, South Carolina and Ark from the SEC.  Their wins are unimpressive and all have a bad loss or lucky wins vs bad football teams.  All of them would struggle in the Big 12 or Pac 12, where the QB play and offensive prowess is far an above what the SEC offers.  LSU is the best team in the Nation, followed by Stanford, Ok St, Bama Oregon and Boise St.  Penn St is also not very good.

Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 1:43 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.... 

Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 1:36 am

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

let's not forget the conference cupcakes they get for free: Mississippi, Tennessee, and Kentucky.  The SEC gets the benefit of tons of media exposure and poor scheduling. 

Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: October 31, 2011 1:35 am

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

Arkansas just beat Vanderbilt because they could not kick a 30 yard field goal.  An above average South Carolina team lost its running back and druggie quarterback.  This is the BCS scam.  Any SEC victory is worth more than a victory at any other school in the country.  When they lose, it is to a highly rated SEC team so the loser does not fall far in the rankings.  To all those who advocate a playoff system...of the top 8 teams, four of them would be from the SEC.  This system is so corrupt.  Audit the BCS and SEC.

Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 1:23 am

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

barney you better check out the sos at the sec does not compare with the big12 as far as sos goes. did you know your sec plays more fcs teams per team than any other fbs conf. when i last checked the cbs120 last week you also played 14 out of conf teams that were ranked 100 or higher. plus you get to pick 4 cupcakes each season,where big12 gets to pick only three. see where bama gets to play bill currys team georgia st(thats there fcs teamthis year) last year miss played 2 fcs teams.  ncaa says you can only count 1 as a win. at least lsu scheduled 2 good teams this year for ooc.when you play more  than half your ooc schedule against teams ranked below 100 or fcs teams please dont say how tough your schedule is. and dont bring up the old "we beat up each other'. miss, vandy kent havent beat up anyone in years 

Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 1:11 am

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

It's not mrball1 saying the big 12 is better is everything.  Sure Bama and LSU are good but the rest of your conferance is terrible.  The big 12 has 9 of 10 teams in the bcs top 50, the sec has 7 of 12. What that means is your conference is a little top heavy without much depth.  And while your conference does have solid defenses you have only 4 offenses ranked in the top 50% in the country.  Terrible offenses make for good defenses.... 

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