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BCS Rankings: Week 9

 
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  BCS Harris Poll USA Today Computer Rankings
RK TEAM AVG PVS RK PTS % RK PTS % AVG A&H RB CM KM JS PW %
1 Alabama .9625 1 1 2868 .9976 1 1475 1.0000 4 5 1 4 5 3 3 .890
2 Florida .9310 2 3 2622 .9120 3 1329 .9010 1 2 5 1 1 1 2 .980
3 Kansas State .9111 4 4 2571 .8943 4 1326 .8990 2 1 4 5 3 2 1 .940
4 Oregon .8966 3 2 2727 .9485 2 1403 .9512 6 6 2 6 6 7 7 .790
5 Notre Dame .8512 5 5 2374 .8257 5 1221 .8278 3 4 3 2 2 5 5 .900
6 LSU .7862 6 6 2270 .7896 6 1164 .7892 7 7 6 9 7 4 6 .780
7 Oregon State .7421 8 8 2001 .6960 9 974 .6603 5 3 7 3 4 6 4 .870
8 Oklahoma .7126 9 7 2021 .7030 7 1084 .7349 8 8 10 13 8 8 8 .700
9 USC .5767 10 9 1934 .6727 8 1014 .6875 16 16 8 17 19 15 19 .370
10 Georgia .5379 11 11 1603 .5576 11 850 .5763 13 13 12 16 15 12 17 .480
11 Mississippi State .5265 12 12 1602 .5572 12 800 .5424 13 9 20 8 17 18 12 .480
12 Florida State .4925 14 10 1911 .6647 10 948 .6427 21 22 22 15 0 23 20 .170
13 South Carolina .4797 7 16 1189 .4136 16 598 .4054 10 14 9 12 10 9 11 .620
14 Texas Tech .4736 17 17 1074 .3736 17 571 .3871 9 10 11 7 9 10 9 .660
15 Rutgers .4703 15 15 1205 .4191 15 637 .4319 11 12 17 11 14 11 10 .560
16 Louisville .4196 16 14 1324 .4605 14 720 .4881 18 15 25 14 21 21 16 .310
17 Stanford .3850 20 18 929 .3231 19 401 .2719 11 11 13 10 11 13 14 .560
18 Clemson .3692 19 13 1562 .5433 13 788 .5342 27 25 19 24 0 0 0 .030
19 West Virginia .2178 13 22 363 .1263 22 173 .1173 15 17 15 19 13 16 15 .410
20 Texas A&M .2123 18 21 465 .1617 21 229 .1553 17 20 0 20 12 14 18 .320
21 Boise State .2070 22 19 762 .2650 18 407 .2759 24 23 14 21 0 0 0 .080
22 Michigan .1898 NR 20 490 .1704 20 264 .1790 19 24 16 25 18 19 21 .220
23 Texas .1221 25 24 237 .0824 24 109 .0739 20 18 21 23 20 20 22 .210
24 Ohio .1171 NR 23 293 .1019 23 132 .0895 22 19 0 0 0 17 13 .160
25 Wisconsin .0593 NR NR 136 .0473 25 104 .0705 25 0 0 22 22 25 25 .060

 

Oregon drops again in BCS standings

Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

Here’s an idea for Chip Kelly, to help the Oregon coach circumvent those pesky BCS computers that just keep shutting off at night.

Kelly should call Auburn coach Gene Chizik, who owes him one after the BCS title game a few years ago. Kelly should ask if Chizik would be willing to trade places. Oregon could go play in the SEC for a week until its Pac-12 schedule gauntlet begins Nov. 3 against USC. That way, the Ducks could benefit from the SEC’s clout in the computer rankings, rather than continuing to be dragged down by its league affiliation. Chizik and his 1-6 Auburn squad could escape the SEC meat grinder and play 1-6 Colorado. A win for everybody.

Unfortunately, Kelly and the Ducks have to stay put in the Pac-12, even after dropping to No. 4 in the latest BCS standings despite their continued dominance on the field. Oregon has won over the human voters, who have the Ducks at No. 2 in both polls, but all the speed and style points sadly don’t mean squat with the computers. Oregon remains No. 6 in computer average, even after it dismantled Arizona State on the road Thursday night. All the Ducks can do is be patient and hope No. 7 Oregon State, No. 9 USC and No. 17 Stanford -- three teams Oregon faces in November -- continue to win. If Kelly’s squad continues to dominate, it should eventually be rewarded. Unless Kansas State and Notre Dame keep winning, that is.

Week 8 seemed to bring out the best in all the national title contenders. Florida crushed South Carolina in The Swamp to strengthen its position at No. 2 in the BCS standings. Kansas State, now No. 3, recorded its second signature road win, dominating West Virginia in Morgantown behind new Heisman Trophy frontrunner Collin Klein. Alabama cruised past Tennessee in Knoxville to retain the No. 1 spot. There’s not much to nitpick about the top four.

Kansas State, the new No. 3, might be the biggest threat to join an SEC team at the BCS title party. Bill Snyder’s team is No. 2 in computer average, plays two ranked teams (No. 14 Texas Tech and No. 23 Texas) the rest of the way and won’t play in a league title game.

Although the weak closing slate could hurt the Wildcats in a debate with Oregon, it’s time to embrace the very real possibility of a perfect season for K-State.

Notre Dame didn’t dominate its Week 8 opponent, but the Irish didn’t need to. With Notre Dame, it’s all about the two marquee road games, the first of which arrives this week at Oklahoma. If Notre Dame wins in Norman, it heads to USC on Nov. 24 to play for a spot in the title game. Given Notre Dame’s computer clout (No. 3 average) and the schedule it has played, if it wins out, it deserves to be in.

The SEC continues to dominate the standings with three of the top six teams and five of the top 11. Although it’s conceivable to see Alabama, Florida, LSU, Georgia or even unbeaten Mississippi State at the title game, several will suffer late-season losses, usually the kiss of death in the final BCS standings. LSU, rated a spot ahead of Oregon State despite the Beavers’ perfect record, still has the best chance among the 1-loss teams to make it to Miami, followed by Oklahoma and USC. An All-SEC title game remains a possibility, but only if all other unbeatens stumble.

The Big 12, SEC and Pac-12 all have impressive contingents in the standings, while the ACC and Big East each have two entries. The Big Ten, shut out of the initial BCS standings, made an appearance Sunday with No. 22 Michigan and No. 25 Wisconsin. MAC unbeaten Ohio also entered the mix at No. 24.

Week 9 should provide more clarity. In addition to Notre Dame-Oklahoma, Alabama hosts Mississippi State, Kansas State hosts Texas Tech and Florida and Georgia meet in Jacksonville.

As for Oregon? The Ducks get Colorado. Another thrashing will take place. And potentially another drop in the BCS standings.

Right now, it’s not easy being green.

 

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