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BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 10

Posted on: November 6, 2011 9:11 pm

Posted by Eye On College Football

On Sunday night the new BCS standings were released. LSU is now an unquestioned number one, but now the huge story is Alabama falling from No. 2... all the way to No. 3, ahead of not only Boise State but also Stanford. That might not hold up for more than a week, but it's the situation right now.  

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: LSU is number one, no questions asked, and only a loss could possibly keep the Tigers out of BCS contention -- and even then, LSU would be a major contender for the BCS Title. That's not to say that it doesn't matter if LSU beats Arkansas or not, obviously, but it does demonstrate just how powerful LSU's perch is here atop the BCS standings with three weeks and the conference championships still yet to play out. - Adam Jacobi

2. Oklahoma State: The Cowboys are right where they want to be. It's going to be impossible to pass LSU at this point barring a loss, but whether the #1 or #2 is next to your name in the BCS standings, all that matters is your in line to play for a BCS championship. Still, Oklahoma State has a long way to go with games left against Texas Tech and Iowa State on the road, not to mention Bedlam. - Tom Fornelli

3. Alabama: Losing to the top-ranked team in the nation in overtime might be devastating for fans, but it sure has a nice effect on a team's strength of schedule, which is why we see Alabama staying so high in the polls. Now, this designation of Alabama over Stanford isn't nearly as important as what the BCS decides next week, after Stanford potentially has a win over Oregon on its resume. Then and only then will we get a good sense of how close we are to a Bama-LSU rematch. - AJ

4. Stanford: The Cardinal went up to Oregon State and took care of business but suffered two big blows with the loss of wide receiver Chris Owusu (concussion) and tight end Levine Toilolo (upper body). That could be a big factor this week as Oregon comes to Palo Alto in what is the game of the year West of the Rockies. Stanford still has the best player in college football in Andrew Luck and are looking to solidify their hold on the #2 spot with a win. - Bryan Fischer

5. Boise State: Well, it looks like the Broncos will have to resign themselves to another possible unbeaten season ending in the wrong BCS bowl game. In order for Boise State to reach the top two it needs a lot of teams ahead of it to fall, and considering that Alabama has already lost and is STILL (italicize) two spots ahead of it in the standings, that's not a good sign for the Broncos. The possible good news is that with Georgia now being the favorite in the SEC East and TCU beginning to climb into the rankings, there's a chance Boise's schedule strength could give them a bump. - TF

6. Oklahoma: Some bad news for Oklahoma if they were hoping to be a one-loss team qualifying for the BCS title game: Alabama has a loss and only fell to third. Which means that if Oklahoma wins out it's probably going to need Stanford and maybe Boise State to fall, along with another loss from Alabama. Worse yet, the ACL injury to Ryan Broyles makes beating Oklahoma State at Bedlam even tougher. - TF

7. Oregon: Though they're not the highest ranked one-loss team, that could change with a win on Saturday against Stanford. LaMichael James put together a solid game against Washington as he continues to return from injury but the encouraging sign for Ducks fans had to be the play of the defense. The team hasn't really been tested since the opener but that will change this week in a game that essentially determines the Pac-12 champion. - BF

8: Arkansas: Want to see chaos befall the SEC and BCS system? Watch to see what happens if Arkansas somehow goes into Death Valley and upsets LSU. We'd be at a three-way tie in the SEC West (assuming everybody wins out), and each of the three teams would have a legitimate argument to make for getting to the SEC Championship -- and then, potentially, the BCS Championship. Yes, Arkansas at No. 8 means the Razorbacks would need a lot of help from pollsters ascending this ladder, but again, we're talking about if they win at LSU; voters would certainly take notice. - AJ

9. Clemson: While the Tigers' BCS title hopes were crushed in the loss against Georgia Tech, Clemson still has plenty to play for in the ACC Atlantic Division. Winning out in conference play would lock up the division and give them a shot to claim their first conference championship since 1991. For a team that plays 20+ redshirt or true freshman per game, that would not be a bad building block for the next few seasons. Chip Patterson

10. Virginia TechVirginia Tech is lucky to still be collecting votes after their 14-10 squeaker against Duke two weeks ago. But the off week has given the Hokies a chance to hit the reset button before arguably their biggest game of the season. Virginia Tech will travel to Atlanta on a Thursday, and try to avoid the same trap that caught Clemson. A win should give Virginia Tech control of the ACC Coastal Division, a loss and the Yellow Jackets become part of the picture. - CP

Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: November 8, 2011 3:02 pm

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 10

Just imagine if there was a 16-team playoff. Conference champ from each of the 11 conferences get an auto bid, and then the top 5 remaining at-large teams in the BCS standings. All seeds determined by the BCS standings.  
Here's what it looks like going into week 11: 

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: November 8, 2011 12:33 am

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 10

I see your point.  I did not think anything negative, just wanted to get that point out.  Thanks for clarifying.  As much as I would like to see Bama play for the Championship, if LSU runs the table and everyone else loses, I can see the BCS doing exactly that for the money, since it would be like Promoting the sequel to a blockbuster movie that kind of left everyone hanging the first time.  

Since: Nov 7, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 7:14 pm

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 10

For starters that was a hell of a game so don't take what I'm about to say wrong because LSU is right where they should be. Although there were a couple of things such as one the B/S interseption call on the 1 yard line which was clearly not an interseption and two the close line by LSU's #7 on Alabama's #21 during the punt not to even mention the holdings that wasn't called against LSU. The NCAA should look hard at this Mathieu's kid because this is the 3rd game he has pulled this kind of vicious attack on an opposing player plus he has been caught doing drugs. Anyway I hope to see a rematch and hope that the NCAA will look into the actions of this kid and do the right thing for once.. Roll Tide!!

Since: Jun 6, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 4:28 pm

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 10

I'm not sure who assigns the "score" on these posts.....however I do know that Washington 127 made several excellent posts and was treated like a "red-headed step son" by the scorer.  I think they work for the BCS.

If something contrary to the reputation of the BCS or discouraging comments are made about the BCS it will equate a low score. 

You are going to see a negative score now to accompany my post.  I'm not concerned.

Can anyone NOT want a playoff.....the BCS is RIGGED to the max by greedy fat bastards who care only about the bottom line and not NCAA football or its fans.

Oh yeah, the game of the century between #1 and #2......also sucked.
BCS Sucks....Play-off please.        

Since: Nov 6, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 3:30 pm

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 10

justhink - I didn't mean to sound like a d**k - you made valid points and i want you to know that, my frustration of this sytem over the years sets me off - I recall 2006 when Ohio State and Michigan were #1 and #2 and the BCS rankings were manipulated just so we didn't have a "repeat of a game that was already played" I just see an SEC matchup that can and does generate lots of $$$ for this system where as the OSU/Mich game back then wouldn't? These guys just make up the rules as they go and i think its really unfair to the fans because everyone wants a national playoff and these BCS cronies won't do it? So sorry if i sounded out of line - i didn't mean it......

Since: Nov 6, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 3:06 pm

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 10

Hard to follow that as lesser teams than Alabama have had no issue scoring against LSU? Oregon = 27, West Virgina = 21? looking further into it it's the SEC teams that can't score against LSU - this puzzles me? Alabama by the numbers have had better success at shutting down teams, Arkansas = 14 as the highest total they have surrendered to any opponent all season? Alabama being the #2 team in the nation full well should have had a better showing than 6 points? And for that matter so should have LSU? Neither of these teams heading into this past game were winning games 7-0 or give the impression of a low scoring shutout/defense/grinder type games? 30-40 points on the offensive side of the ball for both teams was pretty common? The game was flat - good defensively but I'll stand by saying its because the offenses looked pretty sad? I hate to think with all the SEC hype these high scores were due to the rest of the SEC being that bad? They are both excellent teams i have no argument there - the issue i have is a team like Oregon (and I really dislike Oregon) slipping several spots in the polls following a loss to LSU (and in my opinion playing a better game) and Alabama barely getting a peck in the nose for it? Something seems a little odd with that to me?

On a much bigger scale how much $$$ do you think the lead up to that game (LSU/Alabama) made the BCS? I'm sure several millions if not much more just from the ads? There was so much hype surrounding this game people were likely hemorrhaging cash at the mere thought of it? We the fans keep this system going because we keep feeding the cash cow? But - therein lies my point..... if they can somehow manipulate the "Game of the Century - part 2" and have that much more cash rolling in do you really think they care what we think as long as we are buying what they are offering?
Alabama lost, end of story.... by 3 or by 50 they still lost, they had their shot - as long as there are undefeated teams out there they have no right to have any shot at the NCG? If the BCS title game sucks (Because of inferior opponents) it just means people won't spend $$$ and it might actually change this stupid BCS system for the better as it can't seem to get much worse IMO?

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: November 7, 2011 12:54 pm

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An inability to make a field goal has nothing to do with rankings.  Those were just mistakes on field that equate to a loss against the number one team in the nation.  Had LSU lost, would you recommend that they drop so far because they could not score against the number one defense in the country.  No one can expect that a loss by the number 2 team to the number 1 team would mean a huge drop in the rankings, simply because:  <br />


<li>#1. You expect it, and </li>

<li>#2, they just played the toughest team in the country, how can they be punished for the loss.  It is not the same as a ranked team losing to a lower ranked team (outside the top 10).</li>


Oklahoma State is in good shape right now.  If you are a Stanford fan then beat Oregon and all is well for you too.  If the top four teams win out, then we will have a problem.  Alabama will likely be done because of the head to head with LSU.  But assuming Stanford, LSU and OK State win out, then what.

Since: Nov 6, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 12:22 pm

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 10

NFLrealist -

can't agree more, keep your eye out for the Rose Bowl hosting the National Championship Game and USC and UCLA ***somehow*** becoming the two best teams in the nation? - lol - I could easily go on to suggest how the NCAA teams that can generate the most cash for the BCS ***somehow*** become the superpowers of the Nation? Not to say they don't have to play games but I'm starting to think if you can't bring in the cash no matter what your record is your not invited (aka Boise State, or any other non-AQ team) If you go onto the BCS website they seem to feel thay have been 100% accurate providing the nation the best team in the league - it also goes on to tell you how much $$$ they have made for the NCAA too....... polls can be manipulated as you have stated and if they don't want someone around just drop them a dozen slots and they are out of the picture - if you need to keep them around for the $$$ - don't bump them at all when they lose because nobody can do anything about it anyway? its pretty obvious nobody in a position to do something about it will say a word as this has become "business as usual" I think the LSU/Alabama game sucked, great defenses need great offenses to make them great defenses..... LSU and Alabama showed neither have any offense to speak of?

I once read a book on how to lie with statistics, all these polls are based on statistics...... any questions?

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: November 7, 2011 12:01 pm

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There are several big games left that will decide who will get in.  LSU needs to beat Arkansas, OSU needs to beat OU, and Stanford needs to beat Oregon; and those are just the obvious ones.  If all three teams take care of business, there will be no rematch.  If Stanford and OSU lose, then things will get interesting. 

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: November 7, 2011 11:22 am

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OK State isn't No. 1 because beating A&M, UT, and K State is not the same as beating they haven't beaten the likes of Oregon, Auburn, and Alabama.  But the Cowboys shouldn't fret; as long as they stay at No. 2, they'll get their shot.  Problem is that the rest of OK State's schedule isn't so enticing (e.g., Oklahoma without Broyles).  LSU still has Arkansas and SEC Championship Game.  As for 'Bama, I don't know why they would have a punt receiver with a bad ankle on the field.  If he caught the punt he wasn't going anywhere and the only way he could catch it was if it was kicked to him, directly.  Reid's interception at the goal line is the defensive play of the year.  I wouldn't knock 'Bama for losing by 3; it was just too much LSU.   

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