BCS Rankings: First Standings Massively Overrate Big East Squads

David DanielsSenior Writer IOctober 15, 2012

PISCATAWAY, NJ - OCTOBER 6: Quentin Gause #50 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights gestures after making a tackle on Taylor Mack #29 of the Connecticut Huskies on a kick off during the second half of a game at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 6, 2012 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Rutgers defeated Connecticut 19-3. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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If the Big East blackmailed the BCS rankings, it wouldn't be difficult to get a conviction.

It'd be caught red handed.

In the first standings of the season, Rutgers is ranked at No. 15, Louisville No. 16 and Cincinnati No. 21. Those three Big East teams are easily the most overrated in the first standings of the season—so much so that you'd think they blackmailed the BCS.

The Scarlet Knights, Cardinals and Bearcats have yet to compete against a ranked opponent. In fact, not one of them is even scheduled to in 2012—besides when they face each other, of course. But this trio isn’t just dodging schools that are high in the polls.

They are avoiding winning programs altogether.

The only team with a winning record the Scarlet Knights beat this year is Howard. Yes, the 4-2 Bison of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

The Cardinals only defeated one too. But at least they took out North Carolina (golf clap).

The Bearcats actually knocked off two teams with winning records—Virginia Tech (golf clap) and the mighty 4-3 Fordham Rams of the Patriot.

UNC (which lost to Wake Forest) and VT (which lost to Pittsburgh) shouldn’t be the most impressive victories on a trio of ranked teams’ resumes.

Sure, while their resumes aren’t eye-opening, if there isn’t a squad with a superior one, no harm, no foul.

Ask Texas Tech if there’s no harm, no foul.

The Red Raiders are ranked No. 17 in the nation. While they did lose to No. 9 Oklahoma, their convincing victories over West Virginia and Iowa State without a doubt give them a more impressive resume than the Scarlet Knights and Cardinals.

Texas Tech has plenty of time to leapfrog the overrated duo, but if it missed out on a BSC bowl under similar circumstances, it’d be a travesty.


Week 8 BCS Rankings

Rank Team
1 Alabama
2 Florida 
3 Oregon
4 Kansas State 
5 Notre Dame 
6 LSU 
7 South Carolina 
8 Oregon State 
9 Oklahoma 
10 USC 
11 Georgia 
12 Mississippi State 
13 West Virginia 
14 Florida State 
15 Rutgers 
16 Louisville
17 Texas Tech 
18 Texas A&M 
19 Clemson 
20 Stanford 
21 Cincinnati 
22 Boise State 
23 TCU 
24 Iowa State 
25 Texas 


David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.