While No. 1 Alabama rested at home in the second weekend of the 2013 season, things in the Crimson Tide’s own conference and around the country got a bit of a rattling.
|Simulated BCS Rankings|
|1||Alabama Crimson Tide|
|5||Texas A&M Aggies|
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Georgia, which dropped a tough game to Clemson last weekend, rebounded with a victory over top-10 South Carolina, reviving their BCS strength and giving Clemson’s win all the more luster.
And yet, the Tigers fall a spot in the BCS, landing just behind No. 3 Stanford in this week’s simulated BCS rankings after the Cardinal made their season debut Saturday.
How did we figure these out? We made the following changes to the BCS formula, to account for the pieces we have and the pieces we’re missing:
- We’ve replaced the Harris Poll, which wont be available until mid-October, with the AP Poll
- We’re ONLY using the available, reasonably well-connected and up-to-date BCS computers, which at this point is just Massey’s non-BCS, Sagarin’s and Billingsley’s rankings. As the various computers are released before the start of the season, we’ll add them here and update the standings.
- In total, we’ll say these rankings reflect the real BCS rankings with 50% accuracy
South Carolina’s loss actually turned out to help along teams unconnected with the early results. Teams like Stanford, Texas A&M and even Oregon picked up some of the points the Gamecocks vacated, as their BCS stock was strengthened while Clemson took a slight hit.
The computers also helped Stanford into the third position, as Billingsley named Stanford its No. 1 team this week, while Sagarin left Clemson out of the top handful of teams all together.
Louisville and Ohio State, which were keyed here early as teams lacking in computer faith, got a little boost this week, but still need plenty of help from their upcoming schedule to invigorate their respect in the mathematical element. The numbers, at least now, are not in the Buckeyes’ and Cardinals’ favor, but that could change as we move forward.
Elsewhere, Michigan, Northwestern and Baylor secure spots in the top 16 after strong weekend victories
Here are the simulated preseason BCS rankings at the end of the second week:
2013 Simulated BCS Standings — September 9
|1||Alabama Crimson Tide||.9887|
|5||Texas A&M Aggies||.7722|
|6||Ohio State Buckeyes||.7311|
|9||Florida State Seminoles||.6572|
|11||South Carolina Gamecocks||.5715|
|13||Oklahoma State Cowboys||.5582|