Update: The first BCS standings have been released. Take a look HERE.
And you thought last week was chaotic.
Just one week removed from seeing an Alabama team we had grown used to seeing at No. 1 go down, the weekend that will see the season’s first BCS standings was even more unpredictable, and led us into what should be a very interesting BCS portion of the college football season.
First we got a surprise from a previously discounted Texas squad when they shocked a previously undefeated and vaunted Nebraska squad, all while an particularly non-SEC offensive outburst was happening in the marquee SEC matchup of the weekend between Auburn and Arkansas.
Auburn would eventually pull out a C-USA-style victory, 62-43, and have begun to look like the class of the SEC while LSU struggled to separate themselves from FCS McNeese State in a 32-10 victory.
As day turned into night, things got even more interesting.
An unusual night start for the marquee Big Ten matchup of the week between Ohio State and Wisconsin was the stage for what would turn out to be another shocking result.
Seemingly gifted an easy route to the BCS National Championship Game and the No. 1 spot in the nation after Alabama took their tumble last weekend, Ohio State was unable to hang with Wisconsin and fell to the Badgers 31-18.
While that was happening, South Carolina, who unseated Alabama last weekend and looked like a shoe-in for at least the BCS top-12 tomorrow, choked away a victory against Kentucky and will suffer greatly in both the SEC East race and in the BCS standings come tomorrow.
So what can we expect when the first BCS standings of the season come out tomorrow night?
In last week’s simulated BCS rankings, using both the Harris and Coaches’ Poll along with five of the six computers, Boise State was a surprisingly convincing No. 1 and there is no reason to believe that they won’t be there again when the BCS rankings come out tomorrow after they had no trouble with San Jose State.
Just behind them last week was Oregon who although idle will not see its BCS stock hurt very much by its time on the couch after TCU, LSU and Oklahoma all played less than stellar opponents.
If the Ducks were to be hurt, it would have been in the computer and none of those teams directly trailing Oregon last week were in any position to gain ground with the machines.
The Ducks will likely be No. 1 in the human polls come tomorrow, but with Boise State right on its heels as a likely second team on most ballots, it won’t be enough to give them the No. 1 BCS spot tomorrow.
Auburn may have been your big winner this weekend, as a very strong and well respected Arkansas team will prove very valuable in both the computers and the human elements.
Expect Auburn to have a very considerable boost in all three components tomorrow, which will translate into a nice bump in tomorrow’s BCS rankings.
Ohio State will see a fate similar to what the Crimson Tide faced last weekend, and will fall towards the bottom of the BCS top ten. On the flip side, Wisconsin will see themselves reinserted into the national discussion along with Michigan State.
So, here’s what the BCS standings will likely look like when they are released tomorrow night, without any polling information.
Projected BCS Standings – BCS Week One (October 17th)
|1||Boise State Broncos|
|4||TCU Horned Frogs|
|7||Michigan State Spartans|
|8||Ohio State Buckeyes|
|9||Alabama Crimson Tide|