The college football top 25 rankings finally changed last week. Now the new college football top 25 is out to restore order in the rankings today. With the first BCS standings coming out tomorrow, this would be an ideal time for a few more upsets. But even if No. 1 Ohio State loses today, it still might not affect the BCS standings, if the projections about them really being No. 5 are correct. Either way, college football is now heading toward crunch time, starting this weekend.
This is the first Saturday where someone other Alabama is defending a No. 1 ranking. However, according to ESPN’s projections, Ohio State is far from No. 1 in the BCS standings. Yet they can make their case to the computers, by beating No. 17 Wisconsin on the road tonight.
Last week, the top 25 rankings were shattered when a No. 1 team lost to a tough one-loss school on their home turf. If Wisconsin does what South Carolina did, then idle Oregon may step in as the No. 1 in the human polls – if not in the BCS.
Boise State was projected on top of the first BCS polls, and they get to defend that against San Jose State today. Meanwhile, Nebraska and TCU have games that looked a lot harder weeks ago, as the Cornhuskers face struggling Texas, and the Horned Frogs take on reeling BYU.
The only matchup today between top 15 teams is naturally in the SEC, as Arkansas visits Auburn. The Razorbacks could have shaken up the top 25 weeks ago, but fell apart at the end against Alabama. Now they get to knock Auburn from the undefeated, although they must do it on the road.
South Carolina shocked the world last week, yet they must avoid a letdown at Kentucky, while Alabama seeks to take their frustration out on Ole Miss. Michigan State is also looking to keep momentum against Illinois, and Florida attempts to snap their losing streak vs Mississippi State.
The most nerve-wracking teams in the top 25 have been LSU and Oklahoma, although LSU has had even greater escapes this month. But the Tigers may finally get a breather over McNeese State today, while Oklahoma also looks for an easy Saturday against Iowa State.
The story of the first several weeks has been predictability and narrow escapes. But now that the rankings have finally had real changes, the college football top 25 order is muddled at last. Will order be restored today, or will Wisconsin, Texas, BYU and others make tomorrow’s BCS standings even more questionable?
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