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Week 8 is fast approaching in NCAA football, which means the season’s first BCS rankings are right around the corner. Love it or hate it (and I am firmly in the “hate it” camp), the BCS rankings will determine who plays in this year’s biggest bowl games, leading up to the National Championship game at the New Orleans Superdome on January 9th. Why wait until the first rankings are released this Sunday? Here’s what the top-10 should look like:
10. Michigan (6-0) That’s right! The Wolverines are back in the BCS mix. This ranking comes with a bit of an asterisk - Michigan needs to beat Michigan State this weekend to even think of a place in the top-10. The Tigers are in the NLCS. The Lions are 5-0. The Wolverines could be in the top-10. Michigan sports are back, baby!
9. Oregon (4-1) This ranking is really contingent on the Ducks beating Arizona State this Saturday, as two-loss teams tend to be few and far-between in the top-10. Assuming they do pull it off, the Ducks will have won 5 straight after opening the season with a forgivable loss at home to LSU. Oregon’s hopes of making the title game for the second consecutive season are still alive - for now.
8. Stanford (5-0) While the NFL’s bottom-feeders drool over Andrew Luck, he just keeps winning football games for the Cardinal. The lack of wins over ranked teams will keep Stanford out of the top-5, but a home matchup against Oregon looms. Luck should keep winning, while the teams that want him hope to keep losing.
7. Oklahoma State (5-0) Oklahoma State is perfect for the BCS - they win, and they win big. The Cowboys boast the top-ranked offense in the nation, score over 50 points per game, and have not lost yet. The next month will be huge for them, with three games against currently-ranked teams. For now at least, the ‘Boys are firmly in the top-10.
6. Clemson (6-0) How can this team NOT be ranked this high. Perfect 6-0 record, three wins against ranked teams in a three-week stretch, top-30 in scoring offense and defense, this team is doing it all right now. Enjoy it, ACC. This is all you’ve got.
5. Boise State (5-0) I’m putting the Broncos in the top-5 even if the real BCS may not. I’ve had it with this team getting shafted by the computers. Sure, the Broncos schedule may be easier than most, but they did beat 19th-ranked Georgia to start the season, and have not lost yet. A late loss kept them out of a BCS bowl game last year. It won’t this year.
4. Wisconsin (5-0) The Badgers have been unstoppable this season, and as a result head into the rankings at a perfect 5-0. While they have only one win against a ranked opponent, that team was #8 Nebraska and Wisconsin won that game by 31. The Badgers are in the top-3 in scoring offense AND defense and haven't won a game by fewer than 30 points yet.
3. Alabama (6-0) There are plenty of arguments for Alabama to be in the top-2, and they are certainly warranted. The Crimson Tide is 6-0, has beaten three top-25 teams, and is giving up only 7 points per game on defense this season. Why only #3 then? The BCS has always relied on “what have you done for me lately?” and Oklahoma simply looked more impressive last week.
2. Oklahoma (5-0) Ranked #3 in the current AP polls, Oklahoma should be able to jump Alabama in the BCS rankings. The Sooners came into the season as the AP #1 team, has won all five of its games, including two over ranked opponents. Last weekends annihlilation of Texas at a neutral site should get them closer to regaining that #1 spot.
1. Louisiana State (6-0) There’s little doubt LSU will debut as the top-ranked BCS team. The Tigers are 6-0 on the season, including wins over 3rd, 16th, 17th, and 25th ranked teams at the time according to the AP. LSU’s season really hinges on its matchup with Alabama on November 5th - until then, this team should occupy the top spot.
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