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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: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: November 7, 2011 10:20 am

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 10

Why is it Alabama only drops one spot after losing Saturday? They blew four FG's, missed a punt reception, and had a pass intercepted on the one yard line. That is not what you would expect from a #3 in the country playing "the game of the century". Last week Stanford jumps 3 spots after a 3 OT win. Why wouldn't OK State be #1? At least they can score TD's.

Since: Nov 7, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 10:10 am

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 10

How does a team (Arkansas) beat another top 10 team(South Carolina) and drop 1 spot in the BCS? How does Oklahoma lose to an unranked Texas Tech team a few weeks ago and still not drop lower than Arkansas and continue to move up in the BCS? the only way this would appear logical would be if Oregon's opponent this past weekend were ranked higher than Arkansas', then if they both won there would be some justification.

Since: Sep 17, 2010
Posted on: November 7, 2011 10:06 am

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 10

Folks, the computers love Alabama.  Look at strength of schedule.  Look at points scored, points allowed.  I mean, statistically, nobody in the country has stats like the Tide.

Folks, the voters in the polls love Alabama.  They ranked them 4th.  The polls are what?  75% of the BCS?    So, get over it.
I mean they only lost to the number one team in overtime.  If the official review had gone the other way on the interception at the one, heck, Bama would have won.  It was that close.

So, let the BCS play out.  There will still be a lot of movement in the top 5 in the BCS.  I don't anticipate a rematch of Bama - LSU.  I really don't think that would be fair myself.   However, ARK could beat LSU, and Bama could still slip into the title game against Stanford, OK State, or somebody else.

Roll Tide 

Since: Nov 2, 2008
Posted on: November 7, 2011 9:25 am

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 10

Yes, Saturday's game was great to watch but no one outside of SEC country wants to see another rematch! We are sick of watching these voters give handouts to the SEC. Just because you have two great defenses doesnt mean you deserve another crack at it. OSU has an awesome offense and i would love to see and Okie St vs LSU game. Bama lost on its home field....sorry no rematch!

Since: Nov 7, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 9:19 am

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 10

No, it should not effect the rankings, LSU and Alabama have the best two defenses in the country. Everyone knew it would be a low scoring game. Should we of scored a touchdown, hell to the yes. But, thats what happens when it's a complete defensive game.

Since: Nov 8, 2008
Posted on: November 7, 2011 6:41 am

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 10

Well lets see r you saying that there are teams behind Alabama that are better.  Alabama and LSU should be number 1 and 2 even with the loss for Alabama.  Boise State will never be a good team because one game doesnt make a team.  They play a couple of teams a year and then play high school teams the rest of the year.  Yes they may beat some good teams bt when you are rested week in and week out because you play such a soft fluffy schedule then you sit undefeated and will never reach a BCS game.  Now I hate the BCS, but it is what it is.  If Boise State wants to move up they have to adjust there schedule or change conferences.

Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: November 7, 2011 4:45 am

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 10

Call it a defensive struggle, but shouldn't the inability to actually score a touchdown against each other count against both LSU and Alabama?  You can blame the kickers for all the missed field goals, but a lot of blame must be put on the offenses who couldn't get the ball into chipping range for their kickers.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 7, 2011 1:50 am

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 10

Look, Stanford's SOS in the Sagarin ratings is 73rd, which is horrible for a top 10 BCS team.  BSU, who is almost universally panned for playing a weak schedule, is the second worst SOS in the BCS top 10, and they are 49th.  That's how bad Stanford's SOS is so far this season.  If it was up to the computers, Stanford would be ranked 7th behind BSU, OU and Arky.  It's only because the human polls have them ranked so high (3rd in Harris, 2nd in Coaches) that they're as close as they are to Bama, whose SOS jumped up to 20th after playing LSU.  With all that said, Stanford is only .0087 behind Bama in the BCS standings, so if they are able to pull off a win against Oregon on Saturday, it's almost a lock they will move ahead of Bama because of the bump in SOS.  There's no SEC conspiracy here.  I doubt anyone would be howling if Bama had dropped to 4th by a few thousandths of a point, so don't overreact to them hanging on to 3rd by a similar minuscule margin.

Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: November 7, 2011 12:35 am

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 10

So 7th-ranked Arkansas beats #9 South Carolina soundly and falls to 8th. Only time in history you will ever see a team beat a top-10 opponent and fall in the polls. Unbelievable.

Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2011 11:20 pm

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 10

So does anyone else think that Alabama should not be ranked number 3 in the BCS? Because i find it pretty outrageous that they lose a game and drop one spot. I don't understand how that makes sense to anyone. Wisconsin lost to Michigan State for their first loss and dropped out of the top 10 to 15. Oklahoma dropped from 3 to 9, and I thought that was outrageous. Clemson, obviously not as favored a...s Oklahoma, dropped from 5 to 11. In the Oklahoma-Texas Tech game, T. Tech dominated the entire game. Clemson played a decent second half in their loss. And Wisconsin lost a last second Hail Mary to Michigan State. I can understand Alabama not dropping out of the top 10. But keeping them ahead of, not one, but three undefeated teams!!?!?!?! I wanna know where this math is coming from, because clearly it doesn't make sense. DEATH TO THE BS! excuse me: DEATH TO THE BCS!!!!

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