The week that Oregon posted their first ever #1 ranking in the AP Top 25 college football standings, they were supplanted at the top position on the first BCS rankings. When the Standings came out the second week, the BCS Standings left them in the #2 position, opting out for the powerful Auburn Tigers as the #1 team. But the old adage that the third time is the charm must have been at the back of voters’ minds, because Week 3 of the BCS rankings finally found the Oregon Ducks at #1.
But the third BCS rankings of 2010 (Week 10 of the AP Top 25 Poll standings) didn’t see much stability at all. Only four teams remained in place and two of those four teams were in the Top 10. With Oregon taking the top spot, Auburn dropped to #2. TCU jumped into the #3 spot, taking Boise State’s place (which was only expected, due to the Broncos being idle). Boise State slipped to #4 and rounding out the Top 5 was Utah, the last of the undefeated teams.
The last? That’s correct. Two more undefeated teams went down this week: Michigan State and Missouri. Both were removed from the Top 10.
Alabama moved up a notch to #6. Nebraska increased by seven to the #7 spot after defeating previous undefeated Missouri. The #8 slot is held by Oklahoma. Wisconsin continued their winning streak and jumped up a space to #9. The #10 LSU Tigers moved up two spots from last week.
#22 Miami (FL) fell out of the BCS Standings after losing to unranked Virginia and were replaced by the North Carolina State Wolfpack at #25.
As the season draws near to its end, each game becomes even more important. A loss could drop teams far enough in the rankings to knock them from a major bowl. Oregon and Auburn seem to be set on a collsion course for the BCS Championship Game. However, Auburn still has to play defending national champs, the Alabama Crimson Tide in their last game of the season, the day after Thanksgiving. Oregon seems to have the easier road, but they will still have to get past ranked Arizona and arch-rival Oregon State. TCU plays undefeated Utah, so one of those undefeateds will see a loss, leaving at least four undefeated teams by the end of next weekend.
But if TCU posts a win and they and Boise State remain undefeated, and if Oregon and Auburn suffer a loss in the next couple weeks, there could be a match-up at season’s end of two non-BCS teams for the championship game.
For those rooting for a BCS-buster to make the championship game, nothing could make them happier.
BCS Standings — October 31, 2010
4. Boise State
11. Ohio State
14. Michigan State
17. Oklahoma State
19. South Carolina
20. Mississippi State
22. Virginia Tech
24. Florida State
25. North Carolina State
Compare to second week BCS Standings from October 24.
BCS Standings via ESPN.go.com