The college football rankings 2010 for Week 8 aren’t entirely out yet. Since the college football rankings in Week 8 revolve around the BCS, the AP and USA TODAY polls aren’t getting much attention. After all, AP and USA TODAY may not show how the BCS polls will go, if early projections are correct. Although Oregon is about to be No. 1 in the human polls, most believe the BCS will have Boise State or Oklahoma on top instead. Yet the first of the rankings have elevated the Ducks anyway.
USA TODAY has Oregon at No. 1, even if the BCS won’t do the same. The Ducks didn’t even have to play yesterday, yet they moved up because of Ohio State’s loss to Wisconsin. But although Oregon controls its destiny in the human polls, they may not control it in the big one.
Nevertheless, the college football rankings leading into Week 8 have Oregon at No. 1 in the USA TODAY poll, with Boise State at No. 2, and Oklahoma leaping to No. 3. TCU and Auburn round out the top 5, as they may do in the BCS, with LSU, Alabama, Michigan State, Utah and Ohio State making up the next five.
Meanwhile, Wisconsin moved up to 11th in USA TODAY, with Nebraska down to 13th and South Carolina sliding back down to 20th. Texas and Virginia Tech returned to the college football rankings after dropping out earlier, while Mississippi State and Miami closed out the top 25.
Of course, the USA TODAY and AP are not the biggest polls anymore. The big buzz is around the BCS, as their first standings won’t come out for another several hours. But the other rankings before Week 8 are out much earlier – although they may not indicate how the BCS will go.
Oregon is celebrating their No. 1 ranking right now, yet they may not be able to do it again tonight. But they might still be No. 2 in the BCS over Boise State, even though Brad Edwards had the Broncos as No. 1 last week. Either way, it stands to be a close race between Oklahoma, Oregon and Boise State in tonight’s poll.
For now, the pre-Week 8 rankings have Oklahoma, Oregon, Boise State, TCU and Auburn as the clear top 5 in some order. But this week’s Auburn-LSU showdown is bound to change the picture – and Oregon may not be safe as the human No. 1 for long, if Alabama and Ohio State offer any indication.
The wait for the Week 8 college football rankings is far from over, although the USA TODAY and AP polls will keep some fans busy for the afternoon.
USA TODAY- “Top 25: Oregon slides up to No. 1; Boise State, Oklahoma follow”
ESPN- “2010 NCAA Football Rankings”