Just one BCS standings in and we already have a rumble at the top on our hands — the BCS isn’t going to leave without a fight.
|Official BCS Rankings|
|1||Alabama Crimson Tide|
|2||Florida State Seminoles|
|4||Ohio State Buckeyes|
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As expected, No. 2 Florida State and No. 2 Oregon bunch together tightly in the race for the No. 2 spot in the inaugural BCS standings of 2013, both chasing convincing No. 1 Alabama.
The Seminoles’ victory over Clemson combined with Oregon’s long-standing position as the nation’s No. 2 team conspired to provide us with some real drama that could continue to play out the rest of the season if the two squads continue to win.
Oregon remained at No. 2 in the polls, but Florida State took full advantage of some major upsets around the board, grabbing the best computer support in the country and No. 3 in both the Coaches’ and Harris polls. For now, Florida State lands just .0028 ahead of Oregon.
If Florida State had received even a .01 smaller share of the computer rankings, Oregon would have been your No. 2 team this week.
But what if the Ducks and Seminoles don’t keep winning? The first BCS standings have given us a window into what we could expect. Ohio State’s almost quiet No. 4 comes as no surprise, as the Buckeyes have run through the early part of the season undefeated.
No. 5 Missouri and No. 8 Baylor are some of the handful of surprises in the first set of BCS rankings, as is No. 7 Miami. All three teams were the beneficiaries of the upset-filled weekend, and Missouri carries a very strong computer ranking into the BCS part of the season.
We’re in the home stretch now, believe it or not. Just seven weeks left of the BCS. Be sure to stay tuned to BCS Know How and @BCSKnowHow throughout the coming weeks for all the latest analysis and news.
Here’s the first BCS rankings of 2013:
BCS Standings Week One — October 20th
|1||Alabama Crimson Tide||.9841|
|2||Florida State Seminoles||.9348|
|4||Ohio State Buckeyes||.8553|
|10||Texas Tech Red Raiders||.6220|
|14||Virginia Tech Hokies||.4408|
|16||Texas A&M Aggies||.3666|
- BCS Know How’s Projected BCS vs. Actual BCS Rankings
- Well, we predicted the margin, but got the order wrong. Florida State in at No. 2, just ahead of projected No. 2 Oregon, which actually gets the No. 3 slot. That’ll be a nice toss-up for the next few weeks.
- It’s fascinating what’s happening with Jeff Sagarin’s ratings over at USA Today. Did he change his formula? The clues point to yes, says Jerry Palm.