The college football rankings 2010 for Week 9 look the same so far. Yet although the college football rankings in Week 9 will stay the same in the AP and USA TODAY, the BCS standings should be a different story. This is because the BCS actually put Oklahoma at No. 1, whereas the AP and USA TODAY knew that Oregon was a more solid No. 1 team. As such, Oklahoma’s loss to Missouri didn’t make an impact in the human polls so far. However, the Week 9 rankings could still see the AP and USA TODAY’s No. 3 team rule the BCS standings.
Last week, Oklahoma was third in the USA TODAY, yet used their strength of schedule to reach No. 1 in the BCS. That proved to be premature, after the Sooners fell to Missouri last night. However, Oregon defended their top position in the human polls, with a 60-13 blowout of UCLA on Thursday.
As such, the college football rankings 2010 entering Week 9 have Oregon still on top in the USA TODAY. Meanwhile, Boise State is still No. 2 in the USA TODAY after their bye week, yet they have a slim chance of reaching No. 2 in the BCS standings. Auburn is now the new No. 3 among voters, after their defeat of undefeated LSU.
Although Auburn is just at No. 3, they could still be No. 1 in the BCS polls, like Oklahoma was last Sunday. However, the Tigers have been a more solid team than the Sooners throughout the year, and have the new Heisman favorite in Cam Newton. As the last undefeated team in the SEC, Auburn has the inside track towards the national title game.
The rest of the rankings have a few changes as well. TCU is still fourth, but Michigan State is now in the top 5, with a showdown at Iowa coming up. The rest of the USA TODAY top 10 consists of Alabama, Utah, Missouri, Wisconsin and Ohio State.
Meanwhile, LSU went down to 13th, while Iowa tumbled to 19th after their last second loss to Wisconsin. West Virginia and Texas were knocked out of the top 25, as Baylor and Michigan served as the newcomers.
The AP will likely look the same as the USA TODAY, although the Week 9 rankings won’t be settled until tonight. The BCS standings are more important than the human polls right now, and are unlikely to have Oregon and Boise State at 1-2.
Instead, some combination of Oregon and Auburn will probably be 1-2, while Boise State and TCU still need help, and Michigan State, Alabama and Missouri are starting to knock on the door. Of course, since No. 1 has gone down so often lately, tonight’s BCS polls stand to be shaken up before long.
The USA TODAY is the first of the college football rankings in Week 9 to come out. Now fans will wait for the AP poll this afternoon, and the BCS announcement tonight on ESPN.
USA TODAY- “Top 25: Oregon still No. 1 as Auburn makes charge to No. 3”
ESPN- “2010 NCAA Football Rankings”