LSU collected unanimous support from the Coaches’ Poll as well as near-unanimous support from the Harris, combined with another strong computer showing give the Tigers a big lead on the pack at the halfway mark of the eight-week BCS season.
Chasing the Tigers’ tail is Oklahoma State, No. 2 this week after beating Kansas State in thrilling fashion. The Cowboys are well in control of their own destiny. But there’s plenty of stumbling blocks ahead.
Then things get interesting. Alabama bows at No. 3, even after losing at home to LSU. Are we setting up for a rematch? The Tide didn’t see too much support go by the wayside, and will stay in the thick of the conversation for at least as long as they keep winning. Alabama’s computer support was especially strong despite the loss, which is to be expected as LSU and Oklahoma State now share the top computer score among BCS teams.
Stanford and Boise State are a stagnant 4-5 this week, which is sure to raise some tempers around the country. Stanford continues to suffer from relatively weaker computer support, as its .770 computer aggregate is only good for seventh best among BCS squads.
One-loss strongholds Oklahoma, Oregon and Arkansas round out the top eight, followed by ACC contenders Virginia Tech and Clemson. All five are jumbled by disagreements between the human polls and the computers regarding each teams’ relative strength.
Houston, on the strength of strong support across the human polls, appears in the BCS top-12 for the first time in school history at No. 11, and could very easily have a shot at an undefeated season, yet another wrench that could be thrown into the BCS mix.
But enough talk, here’s the fourth BCS rankings of 2011.
BCS Standings Week Four — November 6
|2||Oklahoma State Cowboys||.9447|
|3||Alabama Crimson Tide||.8836|
|5||Boise State Broncos||.8473|
|10||Virginia Tech Hokies||.5913|
|12||Penn State Nittany Lions||.4838|
|13||South Carolina Gamecocks||.4528|
|14||Kansas State Wildcats||.3808|
- BCS Know How’s Projected BCSvs. Actual BCS Rankings
- Meh, again not the best. Called the easy to call, missed the more difficult stuff.