The BCS standings 2010 showed some debatable rankings last night. Although the BCS standings 2010 are far from settled, the rankings are headed for their usual controversy. Oregon was No. 1 in both the AP and USA TODAY, yet they are at No. 2 in the poll that really counts. Meanwhile, the No. 3 team in the AP and USA TODAY has become the new No. 1, due to strength of schedule. Yet if the Oklahoma Sooners lose, the BCS will truly start to tumble into chaos.
The first rankings put Oklahoma ahead with a .9215 rating from all of the polls. But the Sooners could have easily fallen a few times, as they failed to put a few games away this year. However, their wins over Texas and Florida State have looked more impressive lately, and helped to improve their strength of schedule.
Meanwhile, the BCS standings 2010 demoted Oregon and Boise State for having a worse schedule. This made the Ducks’ first No. 1 ranking in the AP and USA TODAY more bittersweet, as they are No. 2 in these rankings. In fact, their .8921 rating is just barely ahead of Boise State’s .8898.
However, the Broncos are still in a fragile state, as their schedule will look worse while the other contenders look better. They not only need Oklahoma and Oregon to lose, they also need Auburn, LSU, Alabama, Michigan State and Ohio State to slip up at least once. Auburn, LSU and Alabama could knock each other out in the SEC West, but Oklahoma and Oregon don’t have many more big tests left.
Behind the Sooners, Ducks and Broncos, Auburn is No. 4 in the rankings, despite being behind TCU in the human polls. But the BCS standings will be shaken up in some fashion when Auburn faces No. 6 LSU in a virtual elimination game.
Michigan State, Alabama, Utah and Ohio State make up the rest of the top 10. But although the Spartans and Utes are unbeaten, and the Tide and Buckeyes were No. 1, they need a great deal of help. The Tide control their destiny, however, since they face Auburn and LSU, while the Buckeyes need to win out and hope the Spartans cough up their lead in the Big Ten.
Thus far, the standings look clear cut, as the Sooners have a convincing lead over the field, and the Ducks can increase their lead over the Broncos if they win out. Yet if Oklahoma and Oregon lose, Boise State could finally get to No. 1 in the AP and USA TODAY – but if they do, would they still be demoted in the BCS rankings?
Those are controversies for future weeks, and future BCS standings. But judging by the last two weeks, the madness is still getting started.
ESPN- “BCS Standings – October 17, 2010”