BCS Rankings: USC Trojans and Other Teams That Don't Deserve Lofty Rankings

Justin WeltonAnalyst IIOctober 15, 2012

AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 06:  David Ash #14 of the Texas Longhorns throws the ball against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on October 6, 2012 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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What would be a college football season without a little BCS controversy? You can judge and nitpick every little detail about the BCS Rankings every week just to make a point.

I'll be that guy.

Here are three teams that didn't deserve their rankings: 



USC hasn't impressed me too much this year. With all the hype and the expectations, I was expecting the Trojans to have a great chance to run the table.

That idea stopped within the blink of an eye. They once again were punked by Stanford, a team that has two losses this year, one to 3-3 Washington. 

Following that victory, the Trojans haven't been great. They defeated the worst team in the Pac 12 (Utah) by 10 points and beat Washington by 10. 

There hasn't been one victory that has stood out to me this year. Mississippi State may not have the better football team talent-wise, but they are at least undefeated in the best conference in football. They deserve to be ahead of USC at the present moment.



Is Texas a Top 25 team this year? They shouldn't be, at least not on the first BCS Rankings.

But there are are.

The 25th-ranked Longhorns just got destroyed by their rival Oklahoma 63-21. They looked awful for the majority of that game. Last week Texas allowed West Virginia to score 48 points in Austin. This was the same Mountaineers team that managed only 14 points in a blowout loss at Texas Tech.

And the Longhorns are ranked in the Top 25? I don't see it.

They haven't beaten any team of note this year, unless you count Oklahoma State, which is 3-2, or Ole Miss (4-3). I see those teams as being average at best. New Mexico (4-3) and Wyoming (1-5) are the Longhorns' other victories.

Not good enough for me. They should have been left off the rankings this week. 



Georgia is ranked No. 11 with Mississippi State right behind them.

Why? How is Georgia's strength of schedule any different than that of Mississippi State? 

The Bulldogs were creamed at South Carolina, losing 35-7 and looking dreadful in the process. I wouldn't have complained if they were closer to a No. 15 ranking than a No. 10. 

Georgia was slightly overrated in the first BCS Rankings.  


Official BCS Standings (via ESPN)

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