The BCS Standings showed a little movement in its sixth incarnation (Week 13 overall for the college football season), but the one place that remained the sole province of the Oregon Ducks was the #1 position. Oregon held on to the top spot in the BCS college football rankings for the fourth week in a row, even though they had a bye week. The #2 Auburn Tigers remained seated in the runner-up post, a position they have held for four weeks as well. But how is it that Oregon remains in the #1 position, even though they’ve played only two teams all year with a winning record? The human polls, that’s how…
In the BCS Standings, six computer polls are scored weekly and the average of those six becomes one-third of the formula used to produce the rankings each week. The other two-thirds are provided via human polls.
The reason the Oregon Ducks remain in the top position is due to the human element of the BCS average. Oregon was #1 on both the Harris Interactive Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll — both human polls. Their average on the six computer polls was #2, nor did they rank higher than #2 on any of those polls. And even though the Auburn Tigers pulled five #1 spots out of the six computer polls and averaged a #1 positioning, one #1 and the two #2s on the Harris and USA Today Polls puts their average below Oregon’s (which had two #1s and one #2).
So, if you’re an Auburn fan, blame the BCS college football rankings on the humans. Auburn’s undefeated record includes victories over far more than just two teams with winning records (7). It also includes wins over three nationally ranked teams (Oregon’s two wins over teams with winning records were against nationally ranked teams).
The battle over #1 and #2 notwithstanding, the #4 Boise State Broncos crushed Fresno State this weekend and still saw their stock remain flat in the rankings at #4, even though the TCU Horned Frogs, who retained their #3 position, had a bye week.
Numbers 5, 6, and 7 remained static as LSU, Stanford, and Wisconsin all posted wins.
The #8 space was held by Ohio State, one spot up from last week’s position. The previous #8 notch-holder, Nebraska, lost a defensive duel to a tough Texas A&M football squad and fell to #15.
Number 9 went to the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
But if one thought the Alabama Crimson Tide would slide into the Top 10 again, they were disappointed. Alabama stayed in the #11 position while Michigan State leap-frogged into the #10 spot.
There was very little vertical movement in either direction this week in the standings, Nebraska notwithstanding. Only one team entered the Top 25 that previously stood outside — North Carolina State (#23). Miami (FL) fell out of the Top 25 after losing to #20 Virginia Tech.
BCS College Football Standings — Nov. 21, 2010
4. Boise State
8. Ohio State
9. Oklahoma State
10. Michigan State
16. Virginia Tech
17. Texas A&M
18. South Carolina
22. Florida State
23. North Carolina State
25. Mississippi State
Compare to BCS Standings — Nov. 14, 2010.
“BCS Standings — November 21, 2010,” ESPN.go.com