If one thing’s been constant throughout the final BCS era, it’s been the SEC. This year, the BCS’s last, looks to be little different.
|Simulated BCS Rankings|
|1||Alabama Crimson Tide|
|4||Texas A&M Aggies|
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By this point, most know that 2013 is going to be the BCS’s swan song. And though few are sad to see it go, it’s still here to crown a national champion for one more year before the College Football Playoff takes over.
And like in the seven years that have preceded this one, it looks ripe for an SEC to finish the year on top.
Every year at BCS Know How, we’ve put together some simulated BCS rankings as the season comes close, and as the season progresses before the real BCS hits the airwaves. Here, we’ve started early, using a few adjustments to create an early look at what the BCS might look like if it came out today.
We’ve made the following substitutions/changes to the BCS formula as it now stands:
- We’ve replaced the Harris Poll, which wont be available until mid-October, with the AP Poll
- We’re ONLY using the available and up-to-date BCS computers, which at this point is just Massey’s non-BCS and Billingsley’s rankings. As the various computers are released before the start of the season, we’ll add them here and update the standings.
With those changes implemented, Alabama — of course — lands at No. 1. Unlike in the available AP and Coaches’ Poll, however, Oregon grabs the No. 2 spot.
This is because of those pesky computers. After coasting to a 12-0 record last season on what the computers viewed as an easy schedule, Ohio State starts the season well down the list in terms of preseason numerical favorites at No. 4. They’ll have some work to do.
Georgia and Texas A&M give the SEC three of the top six teams in these simulated BCS rankings before Pac-12 co-combatant of the Ducks, Stanford, lands at No. 5.
Florida and LSU also land in the top 11, while reigning national runner-up, Notre Dame, falls all the way to No. 9.
But enough talk, explore our BCS Know How simulated preseason standings for yourself!
Here are the simulated preseason BCS rankings as of August 28:
2013 Simulated BCS Standings — Preseason
|1||Alabama Crimson Tide||.9985|
|4||Ohio State Buckeyes||.8169|
|6||Texas A&M Aggies||.7733|
|7||South Carolina Gamecocks||.7541|
|9||Notre Dame Fighting Irish||.6204|
|13||Florida State Seminoles||.5293|
|15||Oklahoma State Cowboys||.4172|