As the real BCS rankings get closer, focus paid to one marquee game can have big ripple effects across the country if things turn out one way or another.
|Simulated BCS Rankings|
|1||Alabama Crimson Tide|
|5||Ohio State Buckeyes|
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This weekend, that game was LSU-Georgia, and the Bulldogs’ second victory over a top-10 team before September is even out (especially after losing to a top-10 team to start the year) was felt in all over the BCS component rankings this week.
Georgia’s leap into the top echelon of the simulated BCS rankings is significant, however, it’s Ohio State’s step in the top five that should turn heads.
How did we figure these out?
- We’ve replaced the Harris Poll, which wont be available until mid-October, with the AP Poll
- We’ve begun to use all available BCS versions of the BCS component computers, this week that includes: Colley’s Matrix, Massey’s BCS, Sagarin and Billingsley
- In total, we’ll say these rankings reflect the real BCS rankings with about 56% accuracy
Ohio State, well back of the pack in recent weeks despite its support in the polls, leaps to No. 5 this time on the strength of teams moving out of their way and an improved showing in the computers. LSU’s loss helped to make the Buckeyes’ entrance into the top five possible, while also bolstering the rankings of the teams that occupied similar space last week. The Buckeyes just clear No. 6 Georgia (.0066 behind) and No. 7 Florida State (.0234 behind).
Stanford is another clear beneficiary, picking up much of LSU’s support and using another easy Pac-12 victory to gain some steam and move up to No. 3, just hopping over No. 4 Clemson.
The Bulldogs land at No. 6, as they rebound on the strength of the country’s most difficult schedule. Oklahoma also lands some unexpected gained support at No. 8, likely as a result of Oklahoma State’s loss that placed the Sooners as the clear favorites in the Big 12.
Here are the simulated preseason BCS rankings at the end of the fifth week:
2013 Simulated BCS Standings — September 29
|1||Alabama Crimson Tide||.9914|
|5||Ohio State Buckeyes||.7604|
|7||Florida State Seminoles||.7370|
|9||Texas A&M Aggies||.6154|
|13||South Carolina Gamecocks||.5021|