The 2010 BCS standings are the backbone of college football right now, and ESPN will reveal each week’s rankings on a live Sunday show. This is a move that may frustrate some fans of college football, and it seems that ESPN is taking full advantage of the monopoly they now have on the announcement. It is unclear exactly how the show will play out, but the first part will be on ESPN, with the second part shown on ESPNU. Those who don’t have ESPNU could then potentially be left in the dark about what is taking place until it is posted on the Internet somewhere.
According to ESPN, the weekly Bowl Championship Series standings will be announced on Sunday starting at 5:15 p.m. PT (8:15 p.m. ET). The first 45 minutes of the show will be on ESPN, and then the show will finish up with 30 minutes over on ESPNU. ESPN also revealed that the show won’t just be about the latest BCS standings, but also discussion of the standings, interviews with coaches and players, a segment on the players vying for the Heisman Trophy, and of course important upcoming games. It’s a lot to pack into 75 minutes, but it could end up being quite interesting for die-hard fans.
The first rankings are due out on Sunday, Oct. 17, at which point we will get our first look at how the computers are ranking the best teams in college football. On Oct. 10, they will be airing a preview show to give fans a look at how the show will be presented, and probably get viewers used to the odd time slot. Hopefully when they get to the revelations of the weekly BCS standings on the 17th, they do it right away, and don’t make us wait around like how LeBron James wasted so much time before he got to the point.
It is already projected that the first BCS standings are going to be pretty chaotic, as we could still have quite a few undefeated teams in college football when the first list finally comes out. If Michigan State and Ohio State are both still undefeated in the Big Ten Conference, and Alabama and LSU are still undefeated in the SEC, it will make a very interesting set of rankings for us to see. Boise State has to be hoping that the computers also give them more respect than the Associated Press and Coach voters, because right now they are on the outside of the championship game picture with very little hope of playing in it.