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First BCS Rankings Revealed

 
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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 .9761 NR 1 2870 .9983 1 1475 1.0000 3 5 1 3 4 1 3 .930
2 Florida .9092 NR 3 2554 .8883 4 1297 .8793 1 1 5 2 2 2 2 .960
3 Oregon .8993 NR 2 2758 .9593 2 1414 .9586 6 6 3 6 8 6 10 .780
4 Kansas State .8963 NR 4 2538 .8828 3 1307 .8861 4 2 4 5 3 3 1 .920
5 Notre Dame .8774 NR 5 2427 .8442 5 1251 .8481 2 3 2 1 1 4 4 .940
6 LSU .7522 NR 6 2263 .7871 6 1179 .7993 9 17 6 12 11 5 8 .670
7 South Carolina .6930 NR 7 1992 .6929 8 1012 .6861 7 8 7 8 10 9 9 .700
8 Oregon State .6808 NR 10 1850 .6435 11 839 .5688 5 4 9 4 5 7 5 .830
9 Oklahoma .6664 NR 9 1860 .6470 7 1021 .6922 10 15 10 14 6 8 6 .660
10 USC .5959 NR 11 1820 .6330 9 995 .6746 15 12 8 17 17 10 20 .480
11 Georgia .4980 NR 12 1574 .5475 12 806 .5464 17 14 14 18 18 14 19 .400
12 Mississippi State .4846 NR 14 1348 .4689 16 671 .4549 12 7 21 9 16 13 13 .530
13 West Virginia .4793 NR 15 1291 .4490 15 677 .4590 12 11 12 13 9 17 15 .530
14 Florida State .4277 NR 8 1898 .6602 10 919 .6231 28 0 0 0 0 23 0 .000
15 Rutgers .4083 NR 17 947 .3294 17 495 .3356 11 10 20 10 15 11 12 .560
16 Louisville .4061 NR 16 1228 .4271 14 695 .4712 19 16 0 16 20 19 17 .320
17 Texas Tech .3572 NR 21 534 .1857 20 274 .1858 7 9 11 7 7 21 7 .700
18 Texas A&M .3379 NR 19 674 .2344 19 397 .2692 14 18 23 11 12 12 11 .510
19 Clemson .3341 NR 13 1437 .4998 13 741 .5024 28 0 22 0 0 0 0 .000
20 Stanford .2654 NR 20 634 .2205 23 215 .1458 16 13 16 15 14 16 21 .430
21 Cincinnati .2483 NR 18 793 .2758 18 456 .3092 21 21 0 21 24 15 22 .160
22 Boise State .1978 NR 23 488 .1697 22 271 .1837 20 20 13 20 22 18 23 .240
23 TCU .1377 NR 22 514 .1788 21 272 .1844 26 0 18 0 25 22 0 .050
24 Iowa State .1139 NR NR 24 .0083 NR 5 .0034 18 19 17 19 13 0 16 .330
25 Texas .0640 NR 25 188 .0654 NR 54 .0366 23 0 24 0 19 20 25 .090

 

SEC dominates first BCS standings of 2012

Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

Like a dying relative you don’t really like but have to see a few times before the end, the BCS standings returned Sunday night.

If you’re in SEC country, you have to love the look of things. If you’re in Nike country, probably not so much.

Any doubt about the SEC's strength was quashed by the standings, which have SEC teams on the top two lines and on four of the first seven.

The initial standings got it right with Alabama at No. 1. The unanimous No. 1 in the coaches’ poll and nearly unanimous No. 1 in the Harris Poll was the clear and only choice for the pole position. Although Alabama lacks a true signature win -- its beatdown of Michigan could look a bit better in December -- the computers likely won’t be an impediment for Nick Saban’s team. And they shouldn’t be.

The debate nationally, one that Sunday’s standings only will fuel, is who should be No. 2. Oregon has looked the part on the field, averaging 52.3 points and winning its games by an average margin of 32.3 points. Yet Chip Kelly’s Ducks are behind Florida at No. 3 because of the Pac-12’s perceived weakness, even though the Pac-12 has three teams in the top 10 (No. 8 Oregon State and No. 10 USC). That’s hard to understand.

While the meat of Oregon’s schedule is still ahead -- November dates with USC (road), Stanford (home) and Oregon State (road) -- the Ducks are getting punished for playing a first-half schedule that isn’t all that unlike Alabama’s. Doesn’t seem fair.

Then again, Oregon’s first-half résumé doesn’t stack up to Florida’s in terms of competition. The Gators already boast three road wins, including one at No. 18 Texas A&M, plus a solid home win against No. 6 LSU. Oregon can’t match that yet, and even if the Ducks keep winning with style points, they’ll need the Pac-12 to start resonating more in the computers.

The concern for Oregon is that its current résumé also doesn’t stack up well next to Kansas State’s and Notre Dame’s. If Kansas State records another signature road win this week against West Virginia -- to go along with its Sept. 22 triumph at Oklahoma -- it could get the computer boost needed to leapfrog Oregon. Notre Dame already has the computer pull (No. 2) and has two more signature road opportunities at both Oklahoma and USC.

The problem for all the non-SEC teams in the mix is that one loss likely eliminates them from contention. As expected, LSU looks like the best bet to reach the BCS title game with just one blemish. And if the Tigers go on to beat Alabama, Texas A&M and Mississippi State -- and then potentially Florida in a rematch at the SEC championship game -- it's tough to say Les Miles’ crew doesn’t belong in Miami on Jan. 7. South Carolina isn’t out of it, either, but needs a little more help. Bottom line: Another all-SEC title game looks very much in play.

The initial standings shine a bright light on the oft-battered Big East, which boasts three teams. That’s three more than the Big Ten, incredibly shut out of the standings (Ohio State isn’t included because of NCAA sanctions) after a horrific first half. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany can’t wait for the playoff to get here.

The Big 12 also looks strong with seven entries, while the Pac-12 has four.

But Sunday’s standings reaffirmed it’s still very much the SEC’s world. Entering it will be very tough for all outsiders the rest of the way.

 

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