BCS Standings: How the Initial Top 10 Should Look
How the BCS Standings Top 10 Should Look
The initial BCS Standings have been released, but there are a couple of problems with the order of the Top 10. It's not surprising given the total upheaval among the Top 25 teams in the last two weeks. Five of the Top 10 teams went down in Week 8 alone.
All told, there are just 10 unbeaten teams in the first BCS Standings of the season, eight of which play in AQ conferences.
After six weeks of relatively upset-free football, and no major shocks so far, the 2013 college football season was put on its ear in the last two weeks. More than just a few ranked teams – Stanford, Oklahoma, Michigan, Louisville – were stunned and erased from the list of unbeatens by unranked teams.
Stanford then rebounded from an upset at Utah to take down UCLA, ruining another team’s perfect season.
We all saw watched as Jameis Winston and Florida State impressively, completely, emphatically ended Clemson’s dreams of an undefeated run by demolishing the Tigers 51-14 in Death Valley. The Seminoles maintained their unbeaten status while putting together the best win of the college football season by any team.
Then there’s Missouri. The Tigers were perhaps the most under-the-radar zero-loss team after six weeks, but a huge win at Georgia and a home victory over Florida has Missouri at 7-0 and in firm control of the SEC East.
Five ranked SEC teams lost against conference foes in Week 8, including Top 10 teams LSU and Texas A&M – adding to the chaos at the top. Auburn, which beat A&M in College Station, leapt from No. 24 in last week’s Associated Press poll to No. X in the BCS Standings.
The dust has now settle from the last two weeks of madness, and the current BCS Top 10 looks like this:
1. Alabama, 2. Florida State, 3. Oregon, 4. Ohio State, 5. Missouri, 6. Stanford, 7. Miami, 8. Baylor, 9. Clemson and 10. Texas Tech
The obvious problems are Clemson and Texas Tech, which should not even be in the Top 10. The next major issue is Stanford’s No. 6 ranking. The Cardinal should definitely be behind unbeaten Miami and Baylor.
Let’s take a complete look at how the initial Top 10 BCS Standings should look right now.
10. Auburn Tigers (6-1)
After a huge win on the road against Texas A&M, Auburn now sits behind Alabama in the SEC West standings and is in control of its destiny. The Tigers, which are currently ranked 11th in the BCS Standings, have won two of three against ranked teams this season and are now the only one-loss team in the SEC.
9. UCLA Bruins (5-1)
UCLA didn’t even land in the initial Top 10, but the Bruins are easily one of the best one-loss teams in the country. Their lone loss came on the road against a very good Stanford team. UCLA could still easily reach the Pac 12 title game and should be ranked a little higher at this point.
8. Stanford Cardinal (6-1)
Stanford now has three big wins against quality Pac 12 opponents – Arizona State, Washington and UCLA. But the loss to unranked Utah keeps them low in the Top 10.
7. Miami Hurricanes (6-0)
Miami survived a scare at North Carolina last Thursday night, but the Hurricanes did what so many other teams were not able to do lately – eek out a win when things weren’t going right. With a big win over then top-10 ranked Florida under its belt, Miami should definitely be in the Top 10.
6. Ohio State Buckeyes (7-0)
Ohio State has a few good wins over B1G opponents Wisconsin and Northwestern, but the collective weakness of the conference should keep the Buckeyes lower in the rankings than No. 4.
5. Baylor Bears (6-0)
Not many teams have looked more impressive than Baylor. Sure, the Bears haven’t played great teams so far, but they’ve taken care of business so far in impressive fashion. They’ll get their chance to prove their strength soon enough.
4. Missouri Tigers (7-0)
Missouri has arguably had the most impressive two weeks of any team in college football, beating both Georgia and Florida. At 7-0 and in control of the SEC East, the Tigers should definitely be ranked above Ohio State.
3. Oregon Ducks (7-0)
Oregon has definitely looked unstoppable, but the Ducks have only beaten one decent team – Washington. With a powerful offense and opportunistic defense, Oregon would be a tough test for anyone, but this team is slightly less talented than the top two teams in college football.
2. Florida State Seminoles (6-0)
Florida State just put together the most dominant and impressive win of the college football season by any team. The Seminoles are supremely talented, angry and downright intimidating on both sides of the ball. At this point, it seems highly unlikely they’ll lose in the ACC.
1. Alabama Crimson Tide (7-0)
The two-time defending national champs have been gaining momentum each week this season and are now firing on all cylinders. The offense scores with ease, the defense is stingier than ever and Alabama looks like its beginning to hit its championship stride. Unless the Crimson Tide loses, there’s no reason to dethrone the king of college football.