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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
Comments

Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 1:05 am
 

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

no, look at ok schedule. if they win out they will hav beaten ok-st, k-st. a&m, tex baylor fl-st. tulsa and mo are even better than some of the pac12that ore played. az 2-6 colo 1-7 wash st 3-5 are all 3 about on the same level as tulsa and mo. acccording to 1 poll i read,ore sos is 23 while ok is 2. ok just has a harder schedule than ore



Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 1:02 am
 

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

Interesting take on OSU there. I assume by squeking out you mean the 12 pt win at Texas which is their narrowest margin of victory other than A&M?  Other than that their average victory margin is 25pts +.  The computers have OSU #1 for a reason and it's because they are playing better competition and winning convincingly.  More importantly they did it on the road at missouri, a&m, and texas. 



Since: Oct 6, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 12:58 am
 

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

@ mrball1 - You're delusional. In no way is the Big 12 better than the SEC. Texas and Oklahoma weren't better than Alabama and Florida in the championship and Texas A&M wasn't better than Arkansas now. SEC has an out of conference record of 31-4 on the season with wins over Oregon, Texas A&M, Penn State and West Virginia. Their only losses were to Boise State(Georgia), Clemson(Auburn), Louisville(Kentucky) and BYU(Ole Miss). You might see how good the SEC is if Nebraska ever sacked up and played them. The last two times Nebraska played SEC were bowl games and they lost both. To Ole Miss in 2002 and Auburn in 2006. While Nebraska is at it, they might want to consider playing quality opponents out of conference in general. They've played one ranked opponent out of conference in the last nine seasons(#13 Virginia Tech in 2009). If Nebraska's weak out of conference schedule over the last decade is any indication of how the rest of the Big 12 sechedules, how would you even judge the Big 12 against everyone else? Putting up 50 points a game against lousy defenses in conference all year means nothing. Remember when Oklahoma set the record for points scored? They scored 45 points against #16 Kansas, 61 points against #16 Oklahoma State, 62 points against #20 Missouri and 65 points against #2 Texas Tech. The fewest they scored all season was 35 points against #24 TCU and #5 Texas. Do you remember how many points they scored when they finally played a real team out of conference? They score 14 points. That's 21 less than their lowest total all season. By the way, notice TCU tied for the second lowest amount of points allowed? That's because teams outside of the Big 12 actually play a thing called defense. You can live in your little bubble though and pretend like the Big 12 is the best. The truth is, they play lousy defense and lousy out of conference opponents.



Since: May 6, 2010
Posted on: October 31, 2011 12:36 am
 

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

"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"

If Oregon wins out through that gauntlet and then wins the Pac-12 championship, are they not the best 1-loss team at the end of the season?



Since: Jul 28, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 12:19 am
 

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

oh you mean how they beat alabama? agreed



Since: Nov 8, 2006
Posted on: October 30, 2011 11:57 pm
 

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

"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."

I seem to recall the Sun Devils handling USC. So how is Notre Dame more dangerous than meeting Arizona State in the conference championship game?  We are talking about football in 2011 aren't we?



Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: October 30, 2011 11:51 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.



Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: October 30, 2011 11:46 pm
 

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

i'm getting tired of this bull that becuase alabama is in the sec and becuase bosie st doesn't play in a big boy conference that they brought this on themselves, newsflash guess who has the stronger strenght of schedule, guess what it's not alabama, it's bosie st who has the better sos then the tide, and the sec isn't even the bsest football conference, no that would be the big 12



Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: October 30, 2011 11:24 pm
 

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

I'm really not getting all this hype of OK St. Their most quality win was against a pretty weak Texas A&M who just lost to a barely .500 Missouri team. They've squeaked out wins against other teams that no one would consider quality. Maybe since OK lost they need to talk up the Big12, err 8 err 10, err 'Come on No More Leave' conference. It is a shame the best 2 teams in college football are playing each other next week. But if somehow OK St plays the winner for the National Championship it won't be pretty.



Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: October 30, 2011 11:22 pm
 

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

THE LITTLE BOY TEAM THAT PLAYS IN SMURF-LAND HAS BROUGHT THIS ON THEMSELVES FOR 4 YEARS NOW BY NOT PLAYING THE BIG BOYS......THEY ARE CONTENT TO STAY IN THEIR FAIRY TALE WORLD FULL OF CUPCAKES AND THEN SIT BACK AND WHINE AND CRY AND SAY THEY ARE BEING DISRESPECTED BY THEIR SUPERIORS......FINALLY AFTER THIS YEAR WHEN KELLEN MOORE AND THE OTHER SENIORS ARE GONE WE WONT HAVE TO LISTEN TO ALL THIS BULL CRAP ANYMORE OUT OF THE LITTLE BLUE SMURF PEOPLE....THEY CAN RETURN TO THERE LITTLE CONFERENCE AND PLAY IN THE POTATO BOWL EVERY YEAR AND DREAM ABOUT WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN IF THEY HAD STEPPED UP TO THE PLATE WITH THE BIG BOYS......BOISE STATE ROYALTY OWES KELLEN MOORE AN APOLOGY FOR CHEATING HIM OUT OF THE CHANCE TO PLAY FOR A NATIONAL TITLE...... IF THEY GET IN BECAUSE EVERYONE ELSE LOSES THEN SO BE IT....THATS THE ONLY WAY.....IF THEY GET THEIR ASSES HANDED TO THEM......SO BE IT......IF THEY WIN IT ALL ......ID BE AMAZED.....UNTIL THEN CHILDREN STOP COMPLAINING TO US BIG BOYS WHO BACK BIG BOY TEAMS AND START COMPLAINING TO THE ROYALTY OF OF THE LITTLE BLUE UNIVERSTY........HAVE A GREAT DAY


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