The BCS rankings 2010 in Week 9 have familiar circumstances. As it turns out, the BCS rankings 2010 for Week 9 are again led by the No. 3 team in the human polls. When the computers elevated Oklahoma over Oregon and Boise State in the standings, their faith was not rewarded. Now, it is Auburn’s turn to handle the No. 1 burden, and to try to lead the standings for more than one game. While Auburn is well ahead in the BCS rankings, Week 9 also shows some other clear gaps.
The Tigers jumped from fourth to first, on the strength of their victory over unbeaten LSU. This made their strength of schedule into an even greater advantage, compared to that of Oregon and Boise State. Although the Ducks and Broncos stayed 1-2 in the human polls, they also stayed 2-3 in these standings as well.
The BCS rankings 2010 before Week 9 have Auburn ahead by a wide margin, as the Tigers have a .9371 average. Meanwhile, the Ducks have a .9069 average, as their lack of schedule strength kept them at No. 2. However, as long as they win, they should get to the championship game nonetheless.
Meanwhile, Boise State lost another chance to reach the top 2 in the standings. They not only stayed at No. 3, they nearly even lost that ranking to TCU. While the Broncos were off, the Horned Frogs improved their resume by beating Air Force, and are now just .013 points behind Boise State.
Boise State and TCU may now be in a dogfight for third, but they are holding off the rest of the field. Michigan State reached fifth place in the BCS rankings 2010, yet they are well behind the top 4, with a .8387 average. The Spartans have a healthy lead over No. 6 Missouri, however, with Alabama and Utah well behind the Big 12’s only unbeaten team.
Oklahoma and Wisconsin round out the top 10 standings, while Ohio State and LSU trail the other one-loss contenders. Miami, Nevada and Baylor broke into the top 25, as Virginia Tech got up to No. 23, in a development that pleased Boise State fans.
But Auburn, Oregon, Boise State and TCU are well ahead of the field in the BCS rankings 2010 for Week 9. Of course, if Michigan State defeats Iowa, they could close into the Broncos and Horned Frogs, although Iowa’s loss to Wisconsin may make a win less impressive.
They would be helped even further if one of the top 4 lost, which has been a common thing this month. However, Auburn may have a better chance at being No. 1 for more than one Saturday, as they face Ole Miss and Chattanooga in the next two weeks. But Oregon stands to be a more likely upset victim, by going on the road against USC.
Heading into Week 9, the BCS rankings indicate an Auburn-Oregon national title game as a possibility. But will that last any longer than the Oklahoma-Oregon title game projections?
ESPN- “BCS Standings – October 24, 2010”