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BCS Rankings: Observations and Reactions From Week 8 Reveal

As the BCS Rankings are revealed, college football is about to enter the hottest part of the season.

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The BCS Rankings for Week 9 have been revealed, and the race to the BCS National Championship has officially gotten under way. There were certainly some surprises and questions about the first BCS poll, especially with the number of teams in the Top 10 that lost in Week 8. That being said, here’s a list of the BCS Rankings for Week 9:

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

Expectations:

Going into Week 9, this is how everything stands. One of the first things to note is that thanks to their decisive 51-14 victory over the Clemson Tigers, Florida State jumped Oregon for the No. 2 spot, and their schedule is very favorable moving forward. The Seminoles do have to overcome No. 10 Miami (FL) and the Florida Gators, while making sure they don’t stumble against any inferior opponents remaining on their schedule. Alabama remains the top dog in the BCS, and outside of LSU, there don’t seem to be any obstacles towards a return to the national championship.

Surprises:

Why are the Baylor Bears continually disregarded in the standings? The Bears are averaging a whooping 64.7 points per game and rank 3rd and 7th in passing and rushing yards, respectively. Instead, they are ranked behind Stanford, who lost in Week 7 to an unranked Utah team and Miami (FL). Baylor remains unbeaten, and though they do have several road tests ahead, their offense has proven itself worthy as one of the best in college football.

Dark Horses:

Eyes should be kept on Baylor, but don’t let the No. 5 Missouri Tigers out of your sight either. Even with the loss of quarterback James Franklin, Missouri’s offense is still potent with backup quarterback Maty Mauk and have quietly risen to the top of the SEC Eastern Division with a 7-0 record overall and a 3-0 SEC record.