BCS Computer Rankings Week Two: Oklahoma State Scores Perfect Support From Computers

Oklahoma State takes all of the computer love this week, finishing first in five of the six computer rankings, and second in the sixth (Billingsley).

LSU and Alabama have plenty of support, sure, but Oklahoma State brings a different level of domination.

Here are the rankings of the six BCS computers:

Six BCS Computer Standings – BCS Week Two (October 23rd)

Rank Anderson Billingsley Colley Massey Sagarin Wolfe
1 Oklahoma St. LSU Oklahoma St. Oklahoma St. Oklahoma St. Oklahoma St.
2 Alabama Oklahoma St. Alabama LSU Alabama Alabama
3 LSU Alabama LSU Alabama LSU LSU
4 Kansas St. Boise St. Boise St. Clemson Clemson Clemson
5 Boise St. Clemson Clemson Kansas St. Kansas St. Kansas St.
6 Clemson Stanford Stanford Boise St. Arkansas Boise St.

And what the aggregate BCS computer rankings were:

BCS Computer Rankings Aggregate – BCS Week Two (October 23rd)

Rank Team Share of Vote
1 Oklahoma State Cowboys 1.000
2 Alabama Crimson Tide .950
3 LSU Tigers .930
4 Clemson Tigers .860
5 Boise State Broncos .830
5 Kansas State Wildcats .830
7 Oklahoma Sooners .690
8 Arkansas Razorbacks .670
9 Stanford Cardinal .660
10 Virginia Tech Hokies .640
11 Oregon Ducks .560
12 South Carolina Gamecocks .530

Second BCS Rankings of 2011: Oklahoma State, Boise State Make Big Jumps Into Top Four

Upsets and shakeups gave us our first intrigue of the season when the BCS standings were released Sunday night, but much of the conversation remains the same at the top — the SEC’s dominance.

LSU and Alabama continue to lead the way in the BCS standings, making their forthcoming Nov. 5 showdown one of the most important regular season matchups in recent memory. A victory in the now primetime meeting will certainly be on the fast track to a title game bid.

But who would face that team? Could the loser make their way back to the top two spots before all is said and done in the 2011 season? Or will another conference champion make it to New Orleans.

That conversation starts with Oklahoma State, who moves into the No. 3 spot this week after Oklahoma found trouble against Texas Tech and Wisconsin couldn’t handle Michigan State on the road. The Cowboys are a comfortable third team, waiting to scoot by the loser of the SEC battle. Of course, the question remains whether they would stay ahead of that team.

Boise State, Clemson and Stanford round out the rest of the teams in the immediate conversation to make a title game run, as the three finish in spots four through six. Stanford took full advantage of the spots vacated by the Badgers and Sooners to pick up a huge boost in the BCS this week, especially in the human element polls.

The top one-loss teams takes the next spot, as Oregon hopes to make its way back into the title conversation. Arkansas, at No. 10 also looks to reenter the picture.

But enough talk, here’s the second version of the BCS rankings.

BCS Standings Week Two — October 23rd

Rank Team BCS Score
1 LSU Tigers .9702
2 Alabama Crimson Tide .9627
3 Oklahoma State Cowboys .9240
4 Boise State Broncos .8302
5 Clemson Tigers .8240
6 Stanford Cardinal .8124
7 Oregon Ducks .6877
8 Kansas State Wildcats .6681
9 Oklahoma Sooners .6642
10 Arkansas Razorbacks .6581
11 Michigan State Spartans .5380
12 Virginia Tech Hokies .5338
13 South Carolina Gamecocks .5014
14 Nebraska Cornhuskers .4385
15 Wisconsin Badgers .4333
16 Texas A&M Aggies .4281

Some thoughts:

  • BCS Know How’s Projected BCSvs. Actual BCS Rankings
    • Not pretty today. Did get 1-3, but jumbled 4 and 6. Plenty of misses down the rankings as well. Not the best showing ever.

Harris Interactive Poll Week Eight: Oklahoma State Jumps to No. 3


Oklahoma and Wisconsin’s loses bring a shake up to the Harris Poll, although LSU and Alabama continue to shine at the top of the rankings.

Stanford and Oklahoma St. boost their profiles in the Harris, as expected, coming in at No. 3 and No. 4.

Harris Interactive College Football Poll – October 23rd

Rank Team Votes Share of Vote
1 LSU Tigers 2854 .993
2 Alabama Crimson Tide 2777 .966
2 Oklahoma State Cowboys 2559 .890
4 Stanford Cardinal 2523 .878
5 Boise State Broncos 2410 .838
6 Clemson Tigers 2346 .816
7 Oregon Ducks 2136 .743
8 Oklahoma Sooners 1866 .649
9 Arkansas Razorbacks 1851 .644
10 Kansas State Wildcats 1764 .614
11 Michigan State Spartan 1760 .612
12 Wisconsin Badgers 1731 .602

USA Today Coaches’ Poll Week Eight: LSU Takes Top Spot, Followed Closely by Alabama, Stanford


Oklahoma and Wisconsin go down, and the shake up begins with the Coaches’ Poll, as LSU is the new top team among the coaches.

Capturing 41 of the 69 first-place votes, the Tigers are well clear of Alabama and Stanford, who come in at No. 2 and No. 3.

Wisconsin drops all the way to No. 11, while the Sooners fall into place at No. 9.

One-loss Oregon is the top ranked team with a loss to their name at No. 7, just ahead of No. 8 Arkansas.

USA Today Coaches’ Poll – October 23rd

Rank Team Votes Share of Vote
1 LSU Tigers 1457 .988
2 Alabama Crimson Tide 1434 .972
2 Stanford Cardinal 1327 .930
4 Oklahoma State Cowboys 1301 .882
5 Boise State Broncos 1213 .822
6 Clemson Tigers 1174 .796
7 Oregon Ducks 1121 .760
8 Arkansas Razorbacks 974 .660
9 Oklahoma Sooners 964 .654
10 Michigan State Spartans 932 .632
11 Wisconsin Badgers 867 .588
12 Kansas State Wildcats 827 .561

Projected BCS Standings: Oklahoma State to Secure No. 3 Spot in Second BCS Rankings of 2011

Around the country, Saturday afternoon was an uneventful few hours. Fast forward to Saturday night, and all hell broke loose.

Suddenly, Michigan State was threatening Wisconsin and Oklahoma was down early to Texas Tech delay after Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma State and Clemson had skated to victory.

Furious comebacks fell short, both the Badgers and Sooners suffered their first losses of the season and we have our first BCS shakeup of the season awaiting us when the rankings are released tomorrow.

So who lands where?

At the top little will change. LSU’s victory over Auburn will likely be valued more by both the computers and the human element than Alabama’s shaky victory over Tennessee, keeping the Tigers atop the BCS standings tomorrow.

Of course, where Oklahoma vacates its spot at No. 3 is where it gets interesting.

You’d be smart to think Oklahoma State will likely take that spot for the time being, especially since Wisconsin — who had a chance to make a big jump with a victory over Michigan State — failed to capitalize.

Boise State, Clemson and Stanford are likely to fall into place further down the line, shifting up spots to fill the space vacated by the Sooners and Badgers. Keep an eye on Stanford’s human element scores, as they are likely to get some serious support from voters who are looking to replace the Sooners and Badgers on their ballots. The Cardinal could see a rush of support. The three could be very closely packed when the rankings are released tomorrow.

The Spartans are sure to get a nice bump from the voters and computers, capitalizing on all of the support lost by the Sooners and Badgers.

The key, of course, will be how exactly the voters reward the Spartans and punish the Sooners and Badgers. The Badgers are sure to be given a little more leeway, as they lost on the road to a ranked opponent, as compared to the Sooners, who lost at home to an unranked Texas Tech.

Now, the questions begin. Does the Oklahoma-Oklahoma State game lose its significance as a de facto national semifinal? Will Oklahoma be able to make up any ground without a Big 12 Championship Game available any more? Who is now in position to grab the spots in the title game? Could we have a SEC rematch in the BCS National Championship Game?

It’ll be a confusing few weeks, and we’ll be here to take you through all of it, starting with tomorrow’s releases of the human polls, computer rankings and BCS. Follow along all day tomorrow @BCSKnowHow and right here to stay up to the second with projections, mathematical breakdowns of all of the computers, human polls and everything in between.

Got all that? Hope so.

Here’s what the BCS standing will likely look like when they are released tomorrow at 8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN:

Projected BCS Standings – BCS Week Two (October 23rd)

Rank Team
1 LSU Tigers
2 Alabama Crimson Tide
3 Oklahoma State Cowboys
4 Stanford Cardinal
5 Clemson Tigers
6 Boise State Broncos
7 Arkansas Razorbacks
8 Oregon Ducks
9 Oklahoma Sooners
10 Kansas State Wildcats
11 Michigan State Spartans
12 Wisconsin Badgers

Projected 2012 BCS Bowls – October 23rd

Top teams fell across the country, from the Big East favorite West Virginia to a national title contender and Big 12 perennial powerhouse in Oklahoma.

And, let’s not forget the impressive and improbable way in which Michigan State removed Wisconsin from the ranks of the unbeaten.

Where do the teams who lost land? Or are they out of the picture completely? Only time will tell, but for now, the BCS slate has certainly felt its first major shake.

Is there more to come?

For reference, the at-large selection order for the 2012 bowl slate (after hosting contracts have been filled and the NCG is filled) is: Fiesta, Sugar, Orange.

BCS National Championship Game: LSU Tigers (BCS No. 1) vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys (BCS No. 2)

Comment: Yes, that’s Oklahoma State in the BCS national championship game. With tough meetings remaining against Kansas State and Oklahoma at home, the Cowboys are now in a seriously strong position in a chase to the title game. Could the loser of the epic Nov. 5 battle between LSU and Alabama make its way to the title game with the correct help instead? Of course, but for now, Oklahoma State seems like the smart choice moving forward to take on the LSU/Alabama survivor.

Rose Bowl: Stanford Cardinal (Pac-12 Champion) vs. Wisconsin Badgers (Big Ten Champion)

Comment: Wisconsin did suffer its first loss of the season against a gritty Michigan State team that fended off the furious fourth quarter comeback and then delivered a knockout punch on a prayer of a Hail Mary. With little seemingly stading in the way of Wisconsin getting to the Big Ten Championship Game however, we’ll place out lot with the Badgers taking care of business the rest of the way, and still making a run at the Rose Bowl.

Stanford, on the other hand, had an easy time with Washington, and still looks like the team to beat in the conference.

Sugar Bowl: Alabama Crimson Tide (At-large selection) vs. Boise State Broncos (At-large selection)

Comment: Neither team’s victory was “easy” but both got what they needed to get done, especially Alabama’s important second-half surge, and both continue to look like solid at-large picks if neither make their way to the BCS title game.

Orange Bowl: Clemson Tigers (ACC Champion) vs. West Virginia Mountaineers (Big East Champion)

Comment: The Mountaineers also suffered their first loss of the season Friday night against a surprisingly effective Syracuse squad. Stuck in the middle of the Big East pack at 1-1 the Mountaineers must now fight past squads still left on their schedule to make it back to the BCS this year. For now, we’ll stick with the gut feeling that they’ll actually do just that, and keep them as the pick that sticks them in the Orange Bowl.

Clemson’s Taj Boyd had a great day Saturday, and the Tigers continue to look like the class of the ACC, as teams around the conference struggled to get going Saturday, even in eventual victories.

Fiesta Bowl: Oregon Ducks (At-large selection) vs. Oklahoma Sooners (At-large selection)

Comment: Oklahoma and Oklahoma State switch spots with the Sooners’ shocking loss. The Fiesta Bowl, losing Big 12 champ Oklahoma State to the title game, gets to pick its first replacement, and we think they’d be inclined to choose the Sooners, a classic BCS team and a team that travels well, especially to Arizona and the Fiesta Bowl.

Oregon now becomes the at-large team with the most to lose with the shakeup at the top of the BCS. The Ducks spot at the BCS table is threatened by the emergence of a second Big Ten contender in Michigan State, although for now, the Ducks look secure, as the Spartans could easily lose a second game (and to a lower ranked squad than an undefeated Stanford) whether it be to an unexpected team or a one-loss Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game.