The BCS rankings 2010 are a week away from coming out. Of course, the debate over the BCS rankings 2010 has already begun, especially after yesterday. On top, things appeared relatively clear cut, with Alabama and Ohio State in total control. But after Alabama’s upset loss to South Carolina, things are suddenly more open again. Naturally, it comes just in time for the first BCS rankings, which will start heating things up next Sunday.
The first computer polls will be out on October 17, and they will not have Alabama on top. They are now No. 8 in both the AP and USA TODAY, yet their strength of schedule and body of work could put them up a few more spots next week. As long as they only have one loss, the Tide will be a major factor.
If the rankings came out this week, then Ohio State and Oregon would likely be 1-2, as they are in the human polls today. Yet the human polls elevated Boise State back to No. 3 after Alabama’s loss. There are still many questions on whether the computers will be as generous to them, or to TCU.
With Nebraska, Oklahoma, Auburn and LSU unbeaten, would the BCS put them closer to Boise State and TCU – if not over them? And what will they do with Utah, which is also in the top 10 and on track for a major showdown with TCU?
These questions have been prevalent all season, yet there stands to be more of a concrete picture next week. Of course, this presumes that there are no more big upsets, now that the floodgates are open for that possibility. New No. 1 Ohio State has a tough road test at Wisconsin, so the Ducks could step into No. 1 even without playing.
But if that happens, the first rankings of 2010 will be consumed with Boise State questions. If either Ohio State or Oregon slips, would the Broncos then be elevated to No. 2, and have the inside track to the title game? Even if the human polls put them in second, would the computers stop them – or would the humans try to do it first?
These are the issues that will plague college football for the next two months, which is an annual tradition by now. Yet with Boise State and TCU closer than ever, with Alabama now vulnerable, and with a lot of unbeaten powerhouses still left, the BCS rankings could have a historic bit of chaos on the way.
The first major questions will be answered next Sunday, but the top 25 could make it a little harder, if there are more upsets on Saturday. Those in Eugene and Boise stand to be Wisconsin fans for the week, at the least.
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