The BCS standings 2010 have an aura of unpredictability. Tonight, the first BCS standings 2010 could produce a number of results, and a number of top teams. Even the first projections of the rankings surprised people when ESPN’s Brad Edwards had Boise State topping the first poll last week. Yet even though Boise State got another blowout, and Ohio State and Nebraska lost, Oklahoma and Oregon are projected to lead the first rankings. But as the BCS standings announcement approaches tonight, no one knows what to expect – as always.
Brad Edwards’ first projections had Boise State ahead by a wide margin, with Ohio State down to No. 5, despite being No. 1 in human polls. Yet the Buckeyes now look to slide further, after their upset loss to Wisconsin. However, the Broncos’ may not be safe either, despite still being perfect.
Even if the BCS standings had Boise State as the first No. 1, most still believe they would slide down anyway. They may have already slid, according to some early predictions. Edwards now has Boise State at third – but Oregon, the expected No. 1 in the human polls, is only No. 2 in his numbers.
Oklahoma is a popular pick to lead the rankings, despite their various close calls thus far. But after their 52-0 blowout over Iowa State, and after Nebraska’s slipup against Texas, the Sooners could leap to the top. The website bcsguru.com also has the Sooners leading the way, ahead of Boise State, Oregon, TCU and Auburn.
However, according to CBS Sports, the website collegebcs.com has the Broncos still at No. 1 instead of Oklahoma. Yet although the projected order of the standings differs, it seems some combination of Boise State, Oklahoma, TCU, Oregon and Auburn will make up the top 5. Other unbeaten teams like LSU, Michigan State and Utah shouldn’t be far behind, while one-loss Alabama and Ohio State are likely still lurking.
It is fitting that top teams finally started getting upset so close to tonight. Now that chaos is finally reigning, it is the right time for the BCS rankings to come back. There is sure to be heated debate on where the Broncos, Sooners and Ducks belong – especially the Broncos.
But the Broncos’ place in the BCS was both helped and hurt yesterday. Ohio State and Nebraska helped them, yet Oregon State and Nevada hurt their controversial strength of schedule by losing. However, Oklahoma hasn’t always looked like a No. 1 team, while Oregon is approaching uncharted territory.
Tonight’s rankings won’t settle anything, since the greater debates are still to come. Yet the first BCS standings of 2010 will be a significant jumping off point for the madness ahead. This week’s debate will be settled on ESPN, starting at 8 pm est.
The Sports Brewery- “ESPN’s Brad Edwards Projects Oklahoma No. 1 In BCS”
USA TODAY- “Oklahoma projected to be on top of initial BCS rankings after another weekend of upsets”
CBS Sports- “Expect Boise State, Oklahoma to be atop initial BCS standings”