Kansas State Clinches Big 12 Regular Season Title, Fiesta Bowl Bid

Kansas State clinched the Big 12 regular season crown and the automatic BCS bid it ensures after topping Texas, 42-24 on Saturday night.

The Wildcats, no longer in the hunt for the national title game, will take part in the 2013 Fiesta Bowl, where they will play either an at-large team or the Big East’s BCS representative, Louisville. The Pac-12’s Oregon is a likely foe for the Wildcats.

The bid to the Fiesta Bowl is Kansas State’s second BCS bid in the BCS era, it first coming in the 2004 Fiesta Bowl after the Wildcats won the now defunct Big 12 Championship Game over a previously No. 1 Oklahoma squad. The Wildcats lost that 2004 Fiesta Bowl to Ohio State in a fun game from Tempe, Arizona.

The Wildcats’ victory over Texas ensured that Kansas State would claim the league’s automatic BCS bid, but Oklahoma, which clinched a share of the conference title Saturday afternoon, is at the top of the at-large list that will be available to BCS bowl committees when they pick teams tomorrow.

 

2012 BCS AQ Conference Profile: Big 12

BCS Know How is taking you through the six automatic-qualifying BCS conferences in preparation for the 2012 season. Our easy-to-digest previews continue with the Big 12, the conference of change. Scroll down to see our profiles of the other conferences.

Conference: Big 12 Conference (Big 12)

Active Since: 1996

Current Member Schools: Iowa State Cyclones, Kansas State Wildcats, Kansas Jayhawks, West Virginia Mountaineers, Baylor Bears, Oklahoma State Cowboys, TCU Horned Frogs, Texas Tech Red Raiders, Oklahoma Sooners, Texas Longhorns. (10)

Bowl Affiliations: Fiesta Bowl (BCS), Holiday Bowl, Alamo Bowl, Pinstripe Bowl, Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Meineke Car Care of Texas Bowl, Cotton Bowl. (7)

2011 Results:
Conference Champion — Oklahoma State
Conference Runner-up — Kansas State
BCS Bowl Results: 2012 Fiesta Bowl — Oklahoma State 41 vs. Stanford 38
Overall Bowl Record: 6-2
Heisman Vote Recipients: Baylor QB Robert Griffin III (Heisman Trophy Recipient)

2012 Outlook: If there is one conference that embodies the churn rate of college football conference affiliation these days, it might as well be the Big 12.

After losing two schools before the 2011 season, the conference lost two more this offseason, as Missouri and Texas A&M vacated the conference for the SEC’s greener pastures. In replacement, the Big 12 recruited West Virginia and TCU to replace the two, keeping the league at a solid 10 teams.

But whereas some conference additions around the country have little chance in their first years in town, the Mountaineers and Horned Frogs look able to compete right away. The Mountaineers bring a tradition of Big East dominance, having visited the BCS three times as Big East representatives, and coming away victorious each time. The Horned Frogs, though not of AQ breeding, have two BCS bids of their own in last two years, claiming a Rose Bowl victory in 2011.

The immediate attention might be focused on the newbies, but traditional powers are here to play as well. Oklahoma looks reinvigorated and many have fingered the Sooners as conference favorites. Kansas State, who had a surprising run to the Cotton Bowl last year look to ride quarterback Colin Klein to national prominence once again. And Oklahoma State, who just missed out on a chance at a national title shot, is back to prove it wasn’t all a fluke.

All in all, though it might be difficult to keep track of what teams actually belong to this conference, the Big 12 looks as strong as ever in 2012.

Heisman Hopefuls: Oklahoma QB Landry Jones, West Virginia QB Geno Smith, Oklahoma State RB Joseph Randle, Kansas State QB Colin Klein, Oklahoma WR Kenny Stills

BCS Know How’s 2012 Predictions:
Conference Champion — Oklahoma Sooners
Conference Runner-up — West Virginia Mountaineers
BCS bids: Oklahoma — Fiesta Bowl; West Virginia — Sugar Bowl
Heisman Finalists — West Virginia QB Geno Smith

Bedlam Victory Gives Oklahoma State Big 12 Conference Title, Automatic BCS Bid

With a dominating 44-10 victory over Oklahoma in Saturday night’s edition of Bedlam in Stillwater, Oklahoma State has clinched the Big 12 conference’s automatic bid to a BCS bowl.

The Cowboys finish the season 11-1 after their victory over the Sooners, and would likely have the biggest gripe with an Alabama-LSU rematch in the BCS title game if that is to happen and the Cowboys were to be left out.

The Cowboys are led by quarterback Brandon Weeden and wide receiver Justin Blackmon, who both had spectacular seasons in Stillwater, helping coach Mike Gundy’s squad rise to national dominance.

Oklahoma State was long favored to make its way to the title game, but a shocking loss to Iowa State a few weekends ago, the Cowboys hopes were hit and hit badly.

But nothing is for certain. 174 voters will have the opportunity to give Oklahoma State a shot at LSU, will they get it? Or will they be left to the Fiesta Bowl as the Big 12 conference champions?

Only time will tell. Or you can visit BCS Know How’s projections, due out later tonight.

Projected BCS Standings: Oregon To Be Rewarded Heartily in Fifth BCS Rankings of 2011

Computers, voters and prognosticators are nice, but we never really see the truth until the games are played on the field.

That was proven once again this weekend as the seemingly infallible Boise State was defeated and Stanford fell hard at home to Oregon.

Two more undefeated teams have bit the dust, leaving us with just three: LSU, Oklahoma State and the unexpected powerhouse Houston Cougars.

Our fifth BCS rankings will reveal quite a bit about what we can expect the rest of the season, but of course, the play of the teams will dictate far more than anything else.

Don’t expect much change at the top. LSU and Oklahoma State continue to be in the BCS drivers seat — win out and both will be at the top come season’s end, and in the title game.

Alabama, who stuck ahead of Stanford last week, will once again probably stick at No. 3, ahead of the latest Pac-12 team to spring to the top of the pile, Oregon.

The Ducks are sure to get another big boost after its victory over Stanford, all the way up to No. 4. Boosts from both the human elements and another bump from the computers for beating a strong Stanford team will likely leap them past Oklahoma and keep them ahead of Arkansas. The Ducks could even challenge Alabama for the No. 3 spot, but for now, we’re projecting they fall just short.

Could the Ducks sneak by Alabama with a victory over USC next week? Possibly, but again, it remains to be seen.

Oklahoma will be right back in the thick of things at No. 5, awaiting its chance to play Oklahoma State on its last weekend of the season.

Losses by any of these teams would once again throw a wrench into any expectations of the season to come. Will we see an Alabama-LSU rematch? An Oregon-LSU rematch? Neither? The fact that we can’t possibly know means we’re upon best part of the college football season.

This is the remainder of the season waiting for us. With unexpected things happening nearly every weekend, its hard to project just how important each weekend might be. But that’s the reward for being college football fans.

Remember, 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. Then follow along this week as we break down scenarios and implications.

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 Five (November 13th)

Rank Team
1 LSU Tigers
2 Oklahoma State Cowboys
3 Alabama Crimson Tide
4 Oregon Ducks
5 Oklahoma Sooners
6 Arkansas Razorbacks
7 Clemson Tigers
8 Virginia Tech Hokies
9 Stanford Cardinal
10 Houston Cougars
11 South Carolina Gamecocks
12 Boise State Broncos

Projected BCS Standings: LSU, Oklahoma State Lead the Way in Fourth BCS Rankings of 2011

We got the game we’ve been waiting for all season, but did we get the clarity we thought we’d find?

LSU escaped Saturday night with a 9-6 win over Alabama in what many were calling the “Game of the Century,” but for those looking to see a definitive end to the speculation about what could happen at the end of the season, we just didn’t get it.

LSU will appear at the top of tomorrow’s BCS standings as it has in the previous three weeks, that’s for certain. But how far down will Alabama fall? The reality is, not far. And yes, we’re on our way to another year of BCS controversy and debate. The possibility remains strong for a rematch of Saturday night’s thriller in the BCS title game. But, of course a few things have to go a certain way for that to enter the conversation, but its becoming more and more real.

In the meantime, the teams that will stand in between LSU at No. 1 and Alabama will have plenty to say about what happens next.

Oklahoma State will see the results of a thrilling victory Saturday night over Kansas State and its hard work so far this season and will find themselves sitting pretty at No. 2. The Cowboys’ computer scores tomorrow will absolutely secure them the second spot. Stanford is likely to remain right behind the Cowboys on the strength of huge support from the Harris and Coaches’ polls, likely in that No. 3 spot.

Boise State, who was behind the Cowboys and the Cardinal in last week’s standings might be disappointed with the results come Sunday night. Don’t be surprised if the Tide land right ahead of the Broncos at No. 4, leaving Boise State stagnant at No. 5 even though they won convincingly Saturday against UNLV.

Is that fair? It’s hard to make an unbiased argument either way, but the BCS will likely act as such tomorrow.

Oklahoma and Arkansas are sure to finish right behind the top five, with the Razorbacks grinning after an impressive victory over South Carolina, which is sure to boost their already strong support in both the computers and human polls. The Sooners and Razorbacks will be bunched together quite tightly come tomorrow.

Further down the standings, you’ll find one-loss teams like Oregon, Clemson and Virginia Tech trying to hold off surprising Houston, who will in all likelihood make its first-ever appearance in the BCS top 12.

Thus starts the final stretch of the BCS season. We’re headed for debate, punditry and likely outcry from somebody. How will it all shake out in these next four weekends? We’re about to find out.

Remember, 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. Then follow along this week as we break down scenarios and implications.

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 Four (November 6th)

Rank Team
1 LSU Tigers
2 Oklahoma State Cowboys
3 Stanford Cardinal
4 Alabama Crimson Tide
5 Boise State Broncos
6 Oklahoma Sooners
7 Arkansas Razorbacks
8 Oregon Ducks
9 Clemson Tigers
10 Virginia Tech Hokies
11 Houston Cougars
12 South Carolina Gamecocks

BCS Implications and Schedule Strength Worksheet Post-Week Nine

Down the stretch of the BCS season, a team’s opponents become an important component of a team’s overall resume to watch.

Not only does it help to define the relative strength of said team, but also has a large effect on that team’s BCS computer performance.

With that in mind, we’ve compiled a look at the BCS’s top teams and their important games — both already played and upcoming — to get a better perspective on which teams’ performances will have implications on the BCS.

Each week we’ll give the rundown for the number of teams that seem to be within striking distance of the top two spots. The third BCS rankings reveal a  “striking distance” that includes a one-loss Oklahoma, suddenly right back in the thick of the BCS race, and with a chance to beat No. 3 Oklahoma St. at season’s end.

Each team is listed with their current BCS rank, record and strength of schedule (according to Jeff Sagarin’s ratings).

Below each BCS contender are their most important opponents, both which they have already played (with those results) and those upcoming.

Their opponents will also be listed with a record and their current Sagarin or BCS ranking depending on which is available. Teams will be listed in order of importance to that team’s BCS performance. Each opponent is also listed with an SOS to give you a better sense of how they might perform in the coming weeks. Games this weekend are bolded.

Oh yeah, and one of them happens to be a game you might have heard was going on this weekend.

BCS No. 1 LSU Tigers (8-0) SOS: 18

Important Games Already Played

  • BCS No. 8 Oregon (7-1) SOS: 45 — Won 40-27
  • BCS No. 22 Auburn (6-3) SOS: 12 — Won 45-10
  • BCS No. 24 West Virginia (6-2) SOS: 74 — Won 47-21
  • Sagarin No. 33 Florida (4-4) SOS: 17 — Won 41-11
  • Sagarin No. 47 Tennessee (3-5) SOS: 3 — Won 38-7

Important Games Remaining

  • BCS No. 2 Alabama (8-0) SOS: 39 — Nov. 5
  • BCS No. 7 Arkansas (7-1) SOS: 71 — Nov. 25
  • SEC Championship Game (Potential)

BCS No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide (8-0) SOS: 39

Important Games Already Played

  • BCS No. 7 Arkansas (7-1) SOS: 71 — Won 38-14
  • BCS No. 16 Penn State (8-1) SOS: 64 — Won 27-11
  • Sagarin No. 33 Florida (4-4) SOS: 17 — Won 38-10
  • Sagarin No. 47 Tennessee (3-5) SOS: 3 — Won 37-6

Important Games Remaining

  • BCS No. 1 LSU (8-0) SOS: 18 — Nov. 5
  • BCS No. 22 Auburn (6-3) SOS: 12 — Nov. 26
  • SEC Championship Game (Potential)

BCS No. 3 Oklahoma State Cowboys (8-0) SOS: 6

Important Games Already Played

  • Sagarin No. 14 Texas A&M (5-3) SOS: 5 — Won 30-29
  • Sagarin No. 16 Missouri (4-4) SOS: 1 — Won 45-24
  • Sagarin No. 20 Tulsa (5-3) SOS: 34 — Won 59-33
  • Sagarin No. 22 Baylor (4-3) SOS: 8 — Won 59-24
  • BCS No. 21 Texas (5-2) SOS: 14 — Won 38-26

Important Games Remaining

  • BCS No. 14 Kansas State (7-1) SOS: 20 — Nov. 5
  • BCS No. 6 Oklahoma Sooners (7-1) SOS: 9 — Dec. 3
  • Sagarin No. 28 Texas Tech (5-3) SOS: 36 — Nov. 12
  • Sagarin No. 31 Iowa State (4-4) SOS: 7 — Nov. 18

BCS No. 4 Stanford Cardinal (8-0) SOS: 53

Important Games Already Played

  • Sagarin No. 23 USC (6-2) SOS: 26 — Won 56-48
  • Sagarin No. 26 Washington (6-2) SOS: 42 — Won 65-21

Important Games Remaining

  • BCS No. 8 Oregon (7-1) SOS: 45 — Nov. 12
  • Sagarin No. 41 Notre Dame (5-3) SOS: 22 — Nov. 26
  • Pac-12 Championship Game (Potential)

BCS No. 5 Boise State Broncos (7-0) SOS: 31

Important Games Already Played

  • BCS No. 18 Georgia (6-2) SOS: 15 — Won 35-21
  • Sagarin No. 20 Tulsa (5-3) SOS: 34 — Won 41-21
  • Sagarin No. 44 Nevada (5-3) SOS: 72 — Won 30-10

Important Games Remaining

  • Sagarin No. 39 TCU (6-2) SOS: 88 — Nov. 12

BCS No. 6 Oklahoma Sooners (7-1) SOS: 9

Important Games Already Played

  • BCS No. 21 Texas (5-2) SOS: 14 — Won 55-17
  • Sagarin No. 16 Missouri (4-4) SOS: 1 — Won 38-28
  • Sagarin No. 28 Texas Tech (5-3) SOS: 36 — Lost 41-38

Important Games Remaining

  • BCS No. 3 Oklahoma State (8-0) SOS: 8 — Dec. 3
  • BCS No. 14 Kansas State (7-1) SOS: 20 — Oct. 29
  • Sagarin No. 14 Texas A&M (5-3) SOS: 5 — Nov. 5
  • Sagarin No. 22 Baylor (4-3) SOS: 8 — Nov. 19
  • Sagarin No. 31 Iowa State (4-4) SOS: 7 — Nov. 26

Projected BCS Standings: Stanford Claims Spot in Top Four in Third BCS Rankings of 2011

Remember a few weeks ago when we thought we’d have undefeated teams to spare come November?

Well for two straight weeks now, we’ve had two high-profile undefeated teams drop out of the ranks of the spotless, and just in time to ready the nation for the game to end all games, next week’s forever anticipated Alabama-LSU.

The biggest statement of the week might have come from one of the teams to have dropped off that list last week, Oklahoma, but for now the Sooners are still on the outside looking in at the BCS picture.

Beside the dynamic duo of the Tigers and Crimson Tide, however, there remain a few others still in the elite group. Oklahoma State had little trouble verifying its No. 3 BCS ranking from last week, dispensing with Baylor, and Stanford survived a test at USC.

Who’s going to be most rewarded tomorrow? Don’t be surprised if it’s Stanford.

USC, although unranked by the human elements because of its NCAA sanctions, was ranked highly by the computers, the factor the Cardinal had a severe lacking in coming into the weekend. The Trojans were in the top-15 in the computer rankings and that kind of strong victory can do wonders.

The Cardinal will likely jump past Boise State this week, but will still trail the LSU-Alabama-Oklahoma State trio we saw last week at the top of the polls.

The Broncos will be hard pressed to stay ahead of the Cardinal, but with plenty of intrigue to come, anything can happen in the always-crazy BCS.

Plenty of scenarios surround the Alabama-LSU showdown next weekend, but for now, we’ll leave those discussions for the next few days, and just leave you to ponder the BCS rankings due tomorrow.

It might be a confusing few weeks, but 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 Three (October 30)

Rank Team
1 LSU Tigers
2 Alabama Crimson Tide
3 Oklahoma State Cowboys
4 Stanford Cardinal
5 Boise State Broncos
6 Oklahoma Sooners
7 Oregon Ducks
8 Arkansas Razorbacks
9 Virginia Tech Hokies
10 South Carolina Gamecocks
11 Nebraska Cornhuskers
12 Clemson Tigers

BCS Implications and Schedule Strength Worksheet Post-Week Eight

Down the stretch of the BCS season, a team’s opponents become an important component of a team’s overall resume to watch.

Not only does it help to define the relative strength of said team, but also has a large effect on that team’s BCS computer performance.

With that in mind, we’ve compiled a look at the BCS’s top teams and their important games — both already played and upcoming — to get a better perspective on which teams’ performances will have implications on the BCS.

Each week we’ll give the rundown for the number of teams that seem to be within striking distance of the top two spots.The second BCS rankings reveal a shortening of the “striking distance” to just the top six teams that remain undefeated and have an immediate shot at the top two spots.

Each team is listed with their current BCS rank, record and strength of schedule (according to Jeff Sagarin’s ratings).

Below each BCS contender are their most important opponents, both which they have already played (with those results) and those upcoming.

Their opponents will also be listed with a record and their current Sagarin or BCS ranking depending on which is available. Teams will be listed in order of importance to that team’s BCS performance. Each opponent is also listed with an SOS to give you a better sense of how they might perform in the coming weeks. Games this weekend are bolded.

BCS No. 1 LSU Tigers (8-0) SOS: 13

Important Games Already Played

  • BCS No. 7 Oregon (6-1) SOS: 30 — Won 40-27
  • BCS No. 23 Auburn (5-3) SOS: 1 — Won 45-10
  • BCS No. 25 West Virginia (5-2) SOS: 66 — Won 47-21
  • Sagarin No. 23 Florida (4-3) SOS: 23 — Won 41-11
  • Sagarin No. 44 Tennessee (3-4) SOS: 4 — Won 38-7

Important Games Remaining

  • BCS No. 2 Alabama (8-0) SOS: 35 — Nov. 5
  • BCS No. 10 Arkansas (6-1) SOS: 73 — Nov. 25
  • SEC Championship Game (Potential)

BCS No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide (8-0) SOS: 35

Important Games Already Played

  • BCS No. 10 Arkansas (6-1) SOS: 73 — Won 38-14
  • BCS No. 19 Penn State (7-1) SOS: 67 — Won 27-11
  • Sagarin No. 23 Florida (4-3) SOS: 23 — Won 38-10
  • Sagarin No. 44 Tennessee (3-4) SOS: 4 — Won 37-6

Important Games Remaining

  • BCS No. 1 LSU (7-0) SOS: 10 — Nov. 5
  • BCS No. 23 Auburn (5-3) SOS: 1 — Nov. 26
  • SEC Championship Game (Potential)

BCS No. 3 Oklahoma State Cowboys (7-0) SOS: 9

Important Games Already Played

  • BCS No. 16 Texas A&M (5-2) SOS: 3 — Won 30-29
  • BCS No. 24 Texas (4-2) SOS: 14 — Won 38-26
  • Sagarin No. 30 Tulsa (4-3) SOS: 40 — Won 59-33
  • Sagarin No. 34 Missouri (3-4) SOS: 5 — Won 45-24

Important Games Remaining

  • BCS No. 8 Kansas State (7-0) SOS: 29 — Nov. 5
  • BCS No. 9 Oklahoma Sooners (6-1) SOS: 15 — Dec. 3
  • BCS No. 20 Texas Tech (5-2) SOS: 22 — Nov. 12
  • Sagarin No. 17 Baylor (4-2) SOS: 28 — Oct. 29
  • Sagarin No. 48 Iowa State (3-4) SOS: 7 — Nov. 18

BCS No. 4 Boise State Broncos (7-0) SOS: 31

Important Games Already Played

  • BCS No. 20 Georgia (5-2) SOS: 17 — Won 35-21
  • Sagarin No. 30 Tulsa (4-3) SOS: 40 — Won 41-21
  • Sagarin No. 40 Nevada (4-3) SOS: 31 — Won 30-10

Important Games Remaining

  • Sagarin No. 46 TCU (5-2) SOS: 86 — Nov. 12

BCS No. 5 Clemson Tigers (8-0) SOS: 44

Important Games Already Played

  • BCS No. 12 Virginia Tech (7-1) SOS: 45 — Won 23-3
  • BCS No. 23 Auburn (5-3) SOS: 1 — Won 38-24
  • Sagarin No. 35 North Carolina (5-3) SOS: 36 — Won 59-31

Important Games Remaining

  • BCS No. 13 South Carolina (6-1) SOS: 39 — Nov. 26
  • Sagarin No. 39 Georgia Tech (6-2) SOS: 77 — Oct. 29
  • ACC Championship Game (Potential)

BCS No. 6 Stanford Cardinal (7-0) SOS: 92

Important Games Already Played

  • Sagarin No. 29 Washington (5-1) SOS: 63 — Won 65-21

Important Games Remaining

  • BCS No. 7 Oregon (6-1) SOS: 30 — Nov. 12
  • Sagarin No. 15 USC (6-1) SOS: 26 — Oct. 29
  • Sagarin No. 43 Notre Dame (4-3) SOS: 11 — Nov. 26
  • Pac-12 Championship Game (Potential)

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