1st Look At The BCS Standings

                                                    The first BCS standings of 2011:

The  first BCS standings of the 2011 NCAA Division 1-A {FBS} season were released. And here are the the current BCS rankings:

1.       Louisiana State 7 Wins 0 Losses

2.       Alabama 7 Wins 0 Losses

3.       Oklahoma 6 Wins 0 Losses

4.       Oklahoma State 6 Wins 0 Losses

5.       Boise State 6 Wins 0 Losses

6.       Wisconsin 6 Wins 0 Losses

7.       Clemson 7 Wins 0 Losses

8.       Stanford 6 Wins 0 Losses

9.       Arkansas 5 Wins 1 Loss

10.   Oregon 5 Wins 1 Loss

11.   Kansas State 6 Wins 0 Losses

12.   Virginia Tech 6 Wins 1 Loss

13.   Nebraska 5 Wins 1 Loss

14.   South Carolina 6 Wins 1 Loss

15.   West Virginia 5 Wins 1 Loss

16.   Michigan State 5 Wins 1 Loss

17.   Texas A&M 4 Wins 2 Losses

18.   Michigan 6 Wins 1 Loss

19.   Houston 6 Wins 0 Losses

20.   Auburn 5 Wins 2 Losses

21.   Penn State 6 Wins 1 Loss

22.   Georgia Tech 6 Wins 1 Loss

23.   Illinois 6 Wins 1 Loss

24.   Texas 4 Wins 2 Losses

25.   Washington 5 Wins 1 Loss

 

 

Now let’s look at the undefeated teams in the current rankings:

1.       Louisiana State 7 Wins 0 Losses

2.       Alabama 7 Wins 0 Losses

3.       Oklahoma 6 Wins 0 Losses

4.       Oklahoma State 6 Wins 0 Losses

5.       Boise State 6 Wins 0 Losses

6.       Wisconsin 6 Wins 0 Losses

7.       Clemson 7 Wins 0 Losses

8.       Stanford 6 Wins 0 Losses

11.   Kansas State 6 Wins 0 Losses

19.   Houston 6 Wins 0 Losses

So far there are 10 undefeated teams, this is the reason why I want to focus on these teams:

The point of the BCS is to assure that at the end of the season #1. Plays #2. for the national championship. And in order for this to work, the BCS supporters and university brass love to see as many undefeated teams as possible. This way there won’t be so much downfall and controversy once the national championship game participants are selected. And as we both know, there has been quite a bit a downfall in this process. For Example:

1998 {The first year of the BCS}: Tennessee beat Florida State in the Fiesta Bowl that year which was the host for the title game at that time. Tennessee was undefeated, however Florida State lost their season opener. The only other undefeated team that year was Tulane who went 12-0. But not only were they only given the Liberty Bowl, they weren’t even ranked in the BCS poll that year. Prompting the university to sue the BCS and file a complaint with congress.

2000: Oklahoma was the only undefeated team that season. They beat Florida State {Once again selected out of nowhere} in the Orange Bowl which was selected to be the championship game that year. This sent shockwaves throughout college football. The teams that were considered to be the favorites to play Oklahoma were Washington, Notre Dame, Miami {FL}, and Oregon State. Many felt that the Hurricanes were the most deserving because during the season on consecutive weeks they defeated both the #1 and #2 ranked teams in the country.

2001: This time it was the Miami Hurricanes who were the only undefeated team. And for this season the Rose Bowl was selected as the national title game, which kinda sent the BCS in a funk already. But it was the team that was selected to face the Hurricanes for the crystal football that year that really riled everybody up, the 10-2 Nebraska Cornhuskers. Nebraska didn’t even win their conference championship in 2001.

There were three 1 loss teams who made a strong case to play for the national title: Illinois, Oregon, and Maryland. And Colorado was the only 2 loss team that made a strong case as well. The reason why these teams felt they should have been there were due to strength of schedule. The 1 loss teams cases were as follows: Oregon beat 4 teams that were ranked in the top 25, Illinois defeated 3 teams in that same group, Maryland however only defeated 1.

And as much as I would have loved to see the Illini play for the big one, unfortunately Colorado made the best case by defeating 5 ranked teams in the Top 25 and they also beat Nebraska head to head en route to the 2001 Big 12 championship.

2003: At the end of the regular season USC was ranked #1 in both the Associated Press and Coaches Polls. But LSU was ranked #1 in the BCS, however instead of playing USC in the Sugar Bowl {that seasons title game} they took on the 2 loss Oklahoma Sooners who didn’t even win their conference. Both LSU and USC dominated in both the Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl respectively. So as a result the NCAA stepped in and ruled that both Southern California and Louisiana State would share the 2003 national championship.

After this disaster the Associated Press pulled their poll out of the BCS formula. So, after saying all of that I will get to my point. For now there are 10 undefeated teams, but it is only October and by season’s end that list will dwindle dramatically. And here are the reason’s why:

#1. LSU and #2. Alabama have to play each other in a couple weeks.

#3. Oklahoma and #4. Oklahoma State have to play each other in November.

#5. Boise State still has to play Texas Christian which will be their toughest challenge of the season.

#6. We all saw what befell the Badgers against Michigan State.  Unreal.  The road doesn’t get a whole lot easier for them either, as they still have to go through Ohio State and Illinois before the year is out.  The Illini, of course, look a lot more beatable after falling to a not-very good Purdue team.

#7. Clemson will meet Georgia Tech this year. The Yellow Jackets have the 2nd best offense in the Atlantic Coast Conference {Behind Clemson which is ironic}. Clemson also still has their rivalry game against South Carolina which always brings out the best in the Gamecocks.

#8. Stanford still has to play Oregon who is their biggest challenge for the Pac-12 North Division.

#11. Kansas State has the hardest road to perfection for they have to deal with Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, and Texas in that exact order one after another.

#19. Houston is the only team that could run the table without a problem. The only team that even has a remote chance of taking them down is Tulsa at season’s end.

The winner of LSU/Alabama will end up as the new #1, the Oklahoma/Oklahoma State winner will most likely end up as the new #2. The rest of the field is a toss up depending on who wins and who losses. All things considered, if enough teams lose by bowl selection day, we could see another downfall as in years past. Hopefully that won’t be the case, but stay tuned! There’s still plenty of season to be played….

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