The BCS standings are set to come out on Sunday night and there is certain to be some movement at the top. With the Alabama loss against Texas A&M and Louisville falling to Syracuse, there are now only three undefeated bowl-eligible teams.
There is also a spot open at No. 1. That poses the question, which of the three undefeated teams deserves to be No. 1?
Notre Dame, Kansas State and Oregon all have a fair argument, and while all the teams have a legitimate argument, one team stands out from the rest. Just who is that team? Well, first let's dissect each team individually.
Notre Dame is currently No. 4 and certainly the least likely of the three teams to be ranked No. 1 on Sunday. The biggest argument for Notre Dame to be No. 1 is the quality wins. The Fighting Irish have victories over Stanford, Oklahoma and Michigan on their resume. All three are in or near the Top 25.
Notre Dame also has one of the most dynamic defenses in the country, allowing teams less than 12 points a game.
What is holding Notre Dame back is the eye test. They just do not look too impressive and have nearly lost a few games. The team is very reminiscent of the 2002 Ohio State national championship team. That is a good thing for the Fighting Irish.
Kansas State also has a legitimate argument. The Wildcats might have the best player in the country in Collin Klein. They also play in the toughest conference of the three teams, with the most challenging overall schedule so far.
The Wildcats have beaten Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. While those wins are not as good as those of Notre Dame, they are comparable and the overall schedule has been more challenging.
While Klein is a stud, the Wildcats do not stand out as much as the other two teams on the list. And that might hurt them in the end.
Oregon is the final of the three teams. What the Ducks have going for them is the eye test. It is hard to watch them and not be thoroughly impressed. The offense is very explosive and the Ducks have the best team speed in the country. The schedule, however, has not been quite as challenging as the other two teams.
Oregon has wins over USC, Arizona and Washington. The good thing for the Ducks is games against Stanford, Oregon State and the Pac-12 championship loom large. Winning those three games will undoubtedly put the Ducks in the BCS National Championship Game.
While it is certainly hard to say which teams deserves to be No. 1, there is one test that does not lie—that is the eye test.
From what I have seen this season, with all due respect to Kansas State and Notre Dame, Oregon is the best team in the country and deserves to be No. 1 in the newest BCS standings.
Whether or not that becomes reality will have to wait until Sunday night.
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