Top Ten BCS Standings
The first BCS standings have been released tonight and now the debate will start about the top ten teams in the country truly are. The BCS system has two more years of determining the participants for the national title game before the four-team playoff format that will bring a whole new level of excitement and drama to college football in 2014-2015.
Ranked inside the top two for the last three weeks has been Alabama and Oregon, so it would seem safe to assume that these two programs would be claiming their stake at the top of the BCS standings as well. However, the computers have been famous for throwing some curveballs and surprising plenty with the spots teams have fallen in years past.
When looking at the top ten teams in the BCS standings bear in mind that in 12 of the last 14 years of this system, the teams ranked either number one or number two in the first BCs poll have played in the BCS national title game.
Also take into account that teams that are not eligible for postseason play are not included in the BCS standings and that is why you will not see 7-0 Ohio State in the top standings. The Buckeyes have appeared in nine BCS bowl games, which is the most of any program in the nation.
Without further ado here are the top ten teams in the BCS standings.
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USC (5-1) .596 avg
Looking to work their way back into the title mix after an early loss to Stanford, the Trojans have been steady if not spectacular since then and improved to 5-1 after a win on the road at Washington.
Oklahoma (4-1) .666 avg
The Sooners were clicking on all cylinders in their slaughtering of the Texas in the Red River Rivalry as they racked up 63 points on the scoreboard. The game was over at halftime when OU led 36-2.
Oregon State (5-1) .681 avg
Playing without their star quarterback, Sean Mannion, who is out after undergoing knee surgery and didn’t miss a beat as the Beavers improved to 5-0 on the season under head coach Mike Riley.
South Carolina (6-1) .693 avg
After crushing Georgia a week ago at home, the Gamecocks were rewarded with the daunting task of heading to Death Valley to take on an angry LSU team looking to avoid back-to-back losses after they lost to Florida last week. South Carolina was beaten at the point of attack offensively and defensively by the home team and fall for the first time this season.
LSU (6-1) .752 avg
There is no place like home for LSU as they knocked off #3 South Carolina one week after a disappointing loss at Florida where the Tigers could not muster any kind of offense. The reports of the demise of the Tigers have been greatly exaggerated.
Notre Dame (6-0) .877
The Fighting Irish improved to 6-0 for the first time since the 2002 season with a goal line stand in overtime to get past Stanford. The Irish have one of the best defenses in the country and have not allowed an offensive touchdown in over a month.
Kansas State (6-0) .896 avg
Survived a tough test form Iowa State on the road, but escaped to remain undefeated behind the efforts of the Wildcats quarterback and Heisman hopeful Collin Klein’s three touchdowns.
Oregon (6-0) .899 avg
The 6-0 Ducks were idle this week as they rest before taking on a 5-1 Arizona State squad that will be hoping to pull off the upset and move into the top 25. Kenjon Barner and DeAnthony Thomas will be up for the test.
Florida (6-0) .909 avg
One week after defeating LSU, the Gators took care of business at Vanderbilt behind the rushing of quarterback Jeff Driskel who rushed for 177 yards and three scores. Face South Carolina Saturday in what figures to be the game of the week.
Alabama (6-0) .976 avg
Winners of two of the last three titles, Nick Saban has the Crimson Tide in position to capture a third in four years after beating an overmatched Missouri team behind a well-balanced offense and punishing defense.