The week 9 college football rankings are going to directly affect the new No. 1 team in the 2010 BCS standings. Those new BCS rankings will come out on Sunday night when ESPN reveals them, but we will start to see the puzzle take shape as the other week 9 college football rankings are revealed. When we see how the week 9 Coaches’ Poll and the latest Harris Poll have decided to deal with Oklahoma and LSU, we will start to get a feel for how things are going to play out later in the BCS. It won’t be easy to predict any of that until we see the human votes.
Last week, Oregon was No. 1 in the Harris Poll, the Coaches’ Poll, and the AP Top 25, and yet none of that mattered when the first 2010 BCS rankings came out. Those rankings rewarded Oklahoma, who received a great score from the computer ranking systems. Now that Oklahoma has been knocked off, the easy assumption to make is that Oregon will take over at the top of the BCS rankings. Looking at how they were No. 2 to Oklahoma in the BCS rankings last week, it makes even more sense that Oregon would take over at No. 1. Things aren’t always that easy in the world of college football though.
The first thing to consider is that Oregon beat a UCLA team that has fallen to 3-4 on the season, hurting their strength of schedule a bit. Boise State took the week off, so they won’t come in to play for taking the top spot, and then TCU beat an Air Force team that hasn’t been receiving a lot of respect from the voters. No. 4 Auburn beat No. 6 LSU, giving Auburn a really nice victory within the computer systems, because LSU had been undefeated up to this point. That could mean that Auburn moves ahead of just Oklahoma when it comes to the BCS. We also have to consider Missouri, which is now 7-0, and the only remaining undefeated team in the Big 12 after they took out Oklahoma.
There are only seven undefeated teams left in college football, and that is going to give the one loss teams more hope about possibly sneaking into the national championship game. Alabama is back in the picture, with a chance to play both LSU and Auburn later this season, and ultimately an opportunity to also play in the 2010 SEC Championship Game. Oklahoma could play themselves back into things with the Big 12 Championship Game as well, but one of the other undefeated teams would have to lose. We will find out how the next week of the college football rankings will look when ESPN reveals the week 9 BCS standings on Sunday night.