The most anticipated day of the early college football season was today, as the initial Bowl Championship Series rankings were released. There were a few surprises at the top of the rankings, with three teams that have shocked everyone landing in the Top 10, and the No. 2 team in the country not being who you would expect. After the first 10 slots, things are a little more expected, but still give a nice glimpse into whom the BCS sees as being the teams in early contention for the coveted eight slots between the four BCS games set to take place in January 2014.
Here’s the full Week 1 2013 BCS Standings from 1-25:
1. ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE .9841
2. FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES .9348
3. OREGON DUCKS .9320
4. OHIO STATE BUCKEYES .8553
5. MISSOURI TIGERS .8219
6. STANFORD CARDINAL .7414
7. MIAMI HURRICANES .7200
8. BAYLOR BEARS .7120
9. CLEMSON TIGERS .6249
10. TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS .6220
11. AUBURN TIGERS .5058
12. UCLA BRUINS .4807
13. LSU TIGERS .4552
14. VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES .4408
15. OKLAHOMA SOONERS .4204
16. TEXAS A&M AGGIES .3666
17. FRESNO STATE BULLDOGS .3379
18. NORTHERN ILLINOIS HUSKIES .3032
19. OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS .2687
20. LOUISVILLE CARDINALS .2556
21. SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS .2161
22. MICHIGAN WOLVERINES .1637
23. CENTRAL FLORIDA GOLDEN KNIGHTS .1394
24. NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS .1354
25. OREGON STATE BEAVERS .1042
Here are some of the more obvious takeaways from a first glance at the Week 1 standings:
* The pollsters and the computers both saw the Alabama Crimson Tide as far and away the nation’s best team with a BCS percentage of .9841. If Alabama wins out, and probably even slips up with one loss, their third consecutive appearance in a BCS National Championship Game is all but assured.
* The Florida State Seminoles were a surprise No. 2 in the initial BCS rankings, hopping over an Oregon Ducks team that was No. 2 in this week’s AP poll, and has been right behind Alabama since the start of the season. The Seminoles have a slight separation of .0028 from the Ducks, however, and will need to play perfect football through the remainder of 2013 to have a chance of making their way to the National Championship game
* Three teams appear in the BCS Top 10 which no one would have assumed to be there in Week 1 in the Missouri Tigers at No. 5, the Baylor Bears at No. 8 and the Texas Tech Red Raiders at No. 10. All three of these teams have a good shot at staying undefeated for at least a few more weeks and further solidifying their respective positions in BCS bowl games next January.
* The gap between Texas Tech at No. 10 and the Auburn Tigers at No. 11 is massive, suggesting there is in fact a greater separation between the poll’s first half and second half than many would have believed to be the case. Anyone in the second tier — apart from schools in conferences that have an AQ bid — will have a heck of a time working their way into a BCS game without some unexpected shake-ups in the Top 10.
* The Fresno State Bulldogs, Northern Illinois Huskies and Central Florida Golden Knights are the initial BCS “Cinderella Stories” who will be fun to watch. If any of these programs go undefeated they could be right on the cusp of a BCS bowl come December. Think Boise State. It’s familiar territory for mid-majors who play lights-out football but have a hard time gaining the national respect of their major conference counterparts.
The BCS standings are never lacking in intrigue and the Week 1 standings certainly have things off to an interesting start.
Kris Hughes is a Senior Writer and Business Analyst for Rant Sports.