The BCS Standings release brought cheers and jeers amongst college towns everywhere, now that each team knows its “rightful place” as the computers see them.
The cheers get a lot of the initial publicity. Florida leapfrogged Oregon for the No. 2 spot, but those two teams both have a solid path to the national title game regardless of the number that sits next to their name.
A few other teams have much more to be upset about. The BCS standings and the AP Poll present several discrepancies, resulting in a few teams getting jobbed out of a higher ranking.
Let’s take a look at the BCS’ unlucky few after Week 7.
No. 5 Notre Dame
The Fighting Irish will see Florida at No. 2 and start to wonder why they aren’t getting the same type of respect.
The Gators got rewarded for a tough early-season schedule, while the Irish got left in the dust. Instead, they’ll have to settle for a No. 5 ranking behind Oregon and Kansas State, even though their strength of schedule is likely second in the country.
All Notre Dame has done to this point is merely beat Stanford, Michigan and Michigan State in East Lansing. In that span, the Irish held all three to a touchdown or less.
While these three teams currently occupy the bottom of the Top 25 at best, a turnaround will be on the mend for Notre Dame’s opponents. Michigan and Stanford both went down to quality opponents, but for now their stock hurts the Irish as much as any.
No. 14 Florida State
The Seminoles' 17-16 loss to NC State was awful. It was premature. Now, they are being punished for it.
Florida State sits behind most one-loss programs who used to frequent the Top 10, following West Virginia, Mississippi State and Georgia among others. Yet the AP Poll, in comparison, has Florida State ahead of them all.
The NC State loss was gut-wrenching, but nevertheless it was a one-point loss on the road. The AP voters, using their eyes, saw it may not be as terrible as it initially seemed. The computer’s formula, though, doesn’t have an eye test.
No. 16 Louisville
The Cardinals inhabit the No. 16 spot in both the BCS and AP Polls, but their problem isn’t where they sit, it’s where another Big East member does.
Rutgers leapfrogged Louisville when the BCS was released, thereby making them the Big East favorite. This may be all for naught because the two teams will settle the score in the final game of their regular season slates, but the absence of a Big East championship game could create a sticky predicament.
If Rutgers beats an undefeated Louisville team with one loss, the Scarlet Knights would take the Big East title. Unlike LSU-Alabama, though, there would be no rematch for Louisville to get a BCS opportunity.
Sometimes it's all in the rankings. The Cardinals have the right to feel a bit sour Monday morning.
Week 8 BCS Standings
|4||Kansas State |
|5||Notre Dame |
|7||South Carolina |
|8||Oregon State |
|12||Mississippi State |
|13||West Virginia |
|14||Florida State |
|17||Texas Tech |
|18||Texas A&M |
|22||Boise State |
|24||Iowa State |
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