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BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 8

Posted on: October 23, 2011 8:53 pm
Edited on: October 23, 2011 9:02 pm

Posted by Eye On College Football

On Sunday night the new BCS standings were released. With Oklahoma and Wisconsin falling from the ranks of the unbeatens, the list of national championship contenders has already begun to dwindle.  

You can check out a rundown of the Top 10 below, with some thoughts from our College Football Bloggers. For a full breakdown of the Top 25 teams in the BCS formula, you can check out the comprehensive standings.

1. LSU : The Synthetic Three were not necessary for LSU to take care of business in the Battle of the Tigers on Saturday.  The easy 45-10 defeat of the defending champions highlighted LSU's depth, and Les Miles' ability to circle the wagons in the midst of controversy.  The suspended players are expected to return for THE GAME, which we now know will be under the lights. - Chip Patterson

2. AlabamaAfter crushing Tennessee with a 31-0 second-half run, the Tide are one win away from ascending to the top spot in the BCS rankings and becoming overwhelming favorites to play for their second national title in three seasons. Too bad for them that win has to come against LSU--even if it's so good for those of us who'll get to sit back and watch - Jerry Hinnen

3. Oklahoma StateYes, Oklahoma State was already ranked first by the computers last week, but now the Cowboys are the undisputed darlings of the Big 12 with Oklahoma going down to Texas Tech. If OSU can run the table (hardly a given, but hardly out of the question), with this ranking, it's got the inside track to a BCS Championship Berth. - Adam Jacobi

4. Boise StateThe bad news: Stanford and Clemson look more likely than ever to eventually leapfrog the Broncos. The good news: no one in Boise's all that worried at this point, not with two gigantic hurdles to the national title game cleared thanks to Texas Tech and Michigan State. And the Cardinal, Tigers, and Cowboys all have their toughest games still ahead of them. -JH

5. Clemson: The scariest thing about the Tigers' offense right now is the depth they highlighted in the 59-38 win over North Carolina. Twelve different skill position players got touches on Saturday, and Tajh Boyd delivered five touchdowns to five different players. But undefeated Clemson will need to survive an ACC title game (in addition to their remaining schedule) and get some help if they want to move into a position of national title contender. - CP

6. Stanford : Stanford finally got a game against a ranked opponent, and Andrew Luck and company blew Washington out of the water. The computers, not seeing the margin of victory in that game, remain unimpressed. But really, it's too early to accurately evaluate Stanford's BCS worthiness until after the Oregon game. That's the Cardinal's season, right there. - AJ

7. Oregon : The Ducks are getting healthy, and just at the right time too.  The toughest part of their Pac-12 slate lies in the coming weeks, and with their only blemish being the loss to LSU, there are plenty of opportunities for Oregon to state their case as the nation's best one-loss team.  Unfortunately there is likely no life after another loss for Chip Kelly's team, so every game is a must-win from here on out if they want to return to the title game. - CP

8. Kansas StateSay what you will about Kansas State's season so far, but KSU just keeps winning, and that's what pollsters and computers want to see most. A legion of difficult games remains on KSU's docket, but if Bill Snyder can guide his charges past both OSU and Oklahoma in the coming weeks, Kansas State is going to be rocketing up the list. - AJ

9. OklahomaMake no mistake for OU: while the Texas Tech loss was extremely damaging in a field full of undefeated teams, the dogfight has just begun. Games against Kansas State, Texas A&M, Baylor, and Oklahoma State all remain (as well as Iowa State, we suppose), and if the Sooners can run that table and get some help from the Upset Gods, they probably stand the best chance of anybody outside the SEC of being a one-loss title contender this year. - AJ

10. ArkansasThe Hogs a serious player in the national title chase and aren't likely to even make a BCS bowl this season with LSU and Alabama ahead of them in the SEC pecking order. But their visit to Baton Rouge on the final week of the regular season might represent the only serious threat to the SEC finishing the year without an undefeated team. - JH

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Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: October 24, 2011 5:08 pm

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 8

At the end of the 2009-2010 seasons there were two undefeated teams, Alabama and Boise State. That spring and summer four schools were approached by the sports media about changing opponents, Alabama, Boise State, San Jose State, and Toledo,  in the hopes that the first game of the 2010 season would be a match –up of last seasons two  undefeated teams. Three of the schools agreed, Alabama refused. Instead Boise State, Toledo, and Virginia Tech changed their schedules so that Boise State and Virginia Tech played on opening week, Alabama played San Jose State. So to all fans and sports casters who put down Boise State’s Schedule keep in mind Alabama thought Boise State was too strong a team to open their 2010 season against and still refuse to schedule them. You may think Boise State is a weak team but the Alabama athletic department sure does not.   

Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: October 24, 2011 12:53 pm

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 8

My apologies for the grammatical errors, I'm typing from a smart phone. I meant to say: show me the facts.

Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: October 24, 2011 11:51 am

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 8

Name calling? Arm chair QB is more of an action earned, than a name I am calling you. I never once claimed to be an expert. I think your shocked, and have nothing legitimate to add to the conversation so you accuse me of bullying, when you are hating Boise State for reasons past their control. Why don't you try debating my points instead of calling me a meanie-head. And furthermore you never asked me if I thought Boise should be in the NC, you just assumed I thought that. To clarify, no, if the season ended today the Broncos do not deserve to play for the NC. Today Ok St and LSU/Bama DESERVE to play for the NC. BUT at the end of the season, after all the games are played that could be different. And in reference to Herbstreit, wow... Just wow. I'm quite aware Kirk Herbstriet is one person, I was quoting what he said about college football, NOT Boise State. I'm aware he is a proponent of Boise State, but don't ASSUME what I'm saying. Read what I'm saying. The fact you forgot about my post is conferences don't want Boise State. The PAC-12 wants to be respected, sure: props to USC and Oregon, and we will see if Stanford can maintain the current level of play after the Harbaugh era. But past that, where is the talent? The PAC-12 wants to be thought of like the SEC or Big12 South..... Than they add Colorado and Utah ??? That was sad, they are ducking competion. The Big East only wants them to save their BCS AQ status. AGAIN, I challenge you to find a game Boise State passed on for a cream puff. In the 2011 season Boise State refused to play their life rival the Idaho Vandals, because the hurt or SOS. Don't regurgitate lines from Bronco haters, so me some facts.

Since: Jun 15, 2008
Posted on: October 24, 2011 10:44 am

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 8

Name calling is hardly a trait to make your more of an expert!!  I have nothing against Boise State but don't tell us you DESERVE to be in any national championchip game simply because you finish the season undefeated.  It's also based on the "body of work" of which theirs' is severally lacking.  No what is killing college football are those like you who seem to have to try a be a "bully" on the posts here to make your point.  Here's a clue for you, Herbstreit is ONE analyst of many, hardly THE VOICE to determine that your position is absolute. 

Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: October 24, 2011 10:22 am

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 8

Plan to play cream puff?

You are such an arm-chair QB!  First of all a real conference has to invite Boise State. Boise State can't just snap their fingers and play in the PAC-12 or the SEC. And yes teams are ducking Boise State. Exhibit A...Nebraska, that was completely a "duck". Try researching your information a little instead of spewing at the mouth. Exhibit B, Washington taking over 6 years to except a return game back to Boise, come on.

Enough of the Boo-hoo crybaby crap. Invite Boise State into a real conference, than make fun of them for losing if that is the case. Boise State has not refused 1 "big game".

Kirk Herbstreit said it best in 2008 (I think that was the year). "Playing Boise State is not advantagious for National Championship calibiour teams. Because Boise State is good enough to possible beat them, yet (thought of) as weak enough to not help their SOS".

Diarrhea of the mouth is killing college football, ignorant people mouthing off about anything.

Herbstriet also said, "Name the starting QB on all 117 division 1A teams (calm down, he said this when there was only 117 teams), okay just name a QB on all the teams, okay just name all the teams, come on, say somthing inteligent enough for me to care about what you say. Prove to me that you are more than an arm-chair QB." He was talking about peolple crying for a playoff system, but I think this applies to just speaking about college football.

To all you Boise State haters, hate Boise State for a reason they can control. Not because they are the new kid on the block that is in a system designed to keep them down.

Since: Jul 15, 2011
Posted on: October 24, 2011 10:21 am

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 8

the only griping I see is coming from you.  Just stop the whining and let Boise State EARN it's NC opportunity.

Since: Jun 15, 2008
Posted on: October 24, 2011 8:39 am

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 8

Yes, Boise State's plan is to play "cream puffs", gripe about nobody wanting to play them, go undefeated and then complain some more because they don't get into the NCS game.  They think the "battle of attrition" - those in real conferences playing serious teams in their conferences and many play tough games out of their conferences, i.e. LSU, makes a case for them.  IT DOES NOT!!!

Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: October 24, 2011 1:38 am

BCS Standings Top 10 Reactions, Week 8

Boise State will be the odd team out if there are 3 undefeted teams.  I think they should go it there are only 2, assuming they win out.  The big problem is that the SOS will get very ugly the rest of the year.  All bets are off if UG wins the SEC. 
BSU's best shout is if KS, OSU, Stanford and Clemson all get knocked off. 

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