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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: Feb 8, 2010
Posted on: November 2, 2011 8:04 pm

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

Can you show me solid proof that LSU tried to schedule boise?

Since: Dec 8, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2011 12:53 am

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

boise deserves to be in the top 5 every year when they are going udefeated or losing one game. There only loss last year was to a team that finished number 14. And they beat virginia tech. And this year they beat an all mighty sec school in georgia that everyone was picking against boise to lose. Georgia who is a top 25 team. If oklahoma wins out and they were to pass boise in the polls that would be a bunch of garbage. They lost to a texas tech team who has 3 loses and they lost at home. There is no way oklahoma should pass boise if they win out. Neither should oregon. If oregon beats stanford that would be there only good win and then i dont think that is a good win. Stanford had played nobody and the pac-12 blows besides oregon and stanford who are both over rated. So if boise is undefeated they should get in the national championship if there is only one other team left undefeated

Since: Dec 8, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2011 12:42 am

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

west virginia is not something i would be to proud of. West virginia sucks and was overrated to begin with. But honestly the SEC has two really good teams and the rest are not that great. Arkansas is overrated. and the rest just are not that good period. Georgia is decent to. but still not that great.

Since: May 21, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 4:38 pm

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

Honestly, the LSU vs. Oregon Game was a pounding.  The score does not show how lopsided the game was.  I agree, no way in hell should LSU and Bama rematch in the NCG..  I think a team from the Big 12 deserves a shot...

Oregon outgained lsu.  lsu scored td's on or directly after 3 turnovers made by backups. 

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:57 am

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

actaully the ENTIRE process of scheduling is the problem.....most of these teams play complete joke schedules because the idiots who vote dont pay any can thank the polls, the BCS, and horrendous bowl system for all these terrible games that dominate the schedules these days

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:31 am

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

@TacomaDuck, you must have short-term memory loss.  Your Ducks got OWNED by LSU.  It was 30-13 a couple of minutes into the 4th Quarter.  You scored 2 TD's in the 4th Quarter against our 2 & 3's playing a prevent defense.  Please, don't reference the score 40-27 to CFB fans who witnessed this beat-down, we know better.  L. James, who runs all over Pac 12 defenses, was held to 54 yards (49 against AU).  Our defense forced 4 turnovers.  Our scoring drives were 12 yds, 75 yds, 24 yds, 41 yds, 33 yds, 41 yds, etc... because the whole game was played on OR's end of the field.  Come on, just own it and stop making yourself look ridiculous.    

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 12:38 am

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

Honestly, the LSU vs. Oregon Game was a pounding.  The score does not show how lopsided the game was.  I agree, no way in hell should LSU and Bama rematch in the NCG..  I think a team from the Big 12 deserves a shot...

Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 12:16 am

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

I normally follow this stuff and I can honestly say that this weeks BCS is totally undefendable!  Hopefully, they start getting it correct in the next couple of weeks or there will be a HUGE uproar.  HUGE.  If Oregon wins 5 more Pac-12 games they should get a shot.  If Oklahoma State wins out they should get a shot.  If LSU wins out they should get a shot.  If Boise State wins out they should get a shot.  That makes 4 teams and only 2 spots.
And I didn't even mention Alabama with one loss.  This should be the year that ruins the BCS, but I am willing to wait it out. 

Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 12:05 am

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

LSU did not pound Oregon.  40-27 is not a pounding.  If LSU beats (pounds) Alabama 40-27 then they will have a rematch in the NATTY.  Does that sound fair?  No.

Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 12:01 am

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 9

I didn't understand this weeks BSC as it relates to Oregon.  Oregon won and Oklahoma won.  No respect.

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