BCS Rankings Week 12: With 6 of Top 9 Teams You Can't Shut SEC out of Title Game

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BCS Rankings Week 12: With 6 of Top 9 Teams You Can't Shut SEC out of Title Game
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With the release of the latest BCS standings it looks as if for the first time in six years a member of the SEC will be held out of the BCS title game. However, even without one of the SEC teams in the top two or three, the conference shows its strength inside of the top 10.

As you can see in the table below, there are three undefeated teams taking up the top three spots and then six SEC schools taking up the next six. 

 

Team

Record

No. 1

Kansas State

10-0

No. 2

Oregon

10-0

No. 3

Notre Dame

10-0

No. 4

Alabama

9-1

No. 5

Georgia 

9-1

No. 6

Florida

9-1

No. 7

LSU

8-2

No. 8

Texas A&M

8-2

No. 9

South Carolina

8-2

No. 10

Florida State

9-1

No. 11

Clemson

9-1

No. 12

Oklahoma

7-2

No. 13

Stanford

8-2

No. 14

Nebraska 

8-2

No. 15

Texas

8-2

No. 16

Oregon State

7-2

No. 17

UCLA

8-2

No. 18

USC

7-3

No. 19

Louisville 

9-1

No. 20

Louisiana Tech

9-1

No. 21

Michigan

7-3

No. 22

Rutgers

8-1

No. 23

Texas Tech

7-3

No. 24

Oklahoma State

6-3

No. 25

Washington

6-4

So the question is, how can you keep a one-loss team like Alabama out of the BCS title game with the strength of its schedule? 

For Alabama’s case they have three victories over ranked opponents with a combined score of 100-38. Two of those three victories have come against opponents that ranked in the top 10 and two of the wins were on the road. 

With Alabama sitting at No. 1 for 10 weeks in both the Associated Press and USA Today polls, it should carry some weight to go with its impressive 62-point margin of victory, that Alabama should be among the top two teams in the BCS standings.

 

Alabama Compared to the Top Three:

However, with three undefeated teams making for a log jam for the two spots that make up the BCS title game, Alabama will need some help from the human voters.

No. 3 Notre Dame has defeated four ranked teams, which is impressive. However, Michigan State has struggled this year, going 5-5, and has the potential of finishing last in the Big Ten Legends division. 

Notre Dame and Alabama share a common opponent, Michigan.

The Fighting Irish struggled at home against Michigan, winning 13-7. Whereas Alabama, in a neutral location, dominated Michigan, 41-14. Notre Dame couldn’t move the ball on Michigan’s defense, gaining 239 total yards, while Alabama blew the Wolverines away, gaining 431 total yards. 

 

Oregon:

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No. 2 Oregon has defeated three ranked teams; however, the highest-ranked opponent the Ducks have faced so far has been No. 17 USC who had two losses when they met. 

The Ducks do have five other Pac-12 teams in the latest BCS standings, except the highest-ranked team outside of the Ducks is Stanford at No. 13. 

The highest-ranked opponent the Ducks will face this year will be Stanford when the two teams play each other this week. 

 

Kansas State:

And then there is the No. 1 team in the BCS, Kansas State. 

Kansas State has defeated four ranked opponents, with the Wildcats scoring 55 points in two of those victories.

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However, one of those wins came against West Virginia, who’s lost four straight games. Another win was against the yo-yo team of the BCS, the Oklahoma State Cowboys. When Kansas State defeated the Cowboys they were ranked at No. 24 in the BCS

Then there was the victory at home over then-No. 14 Texas Tech. Since Kansas State won 55-24, the Red Raiders lost their next game to Texas and then had to survive in overtime against the Kansas Jayhawks, who hold a record of 1-9.

The only impressive victory on the Wildcats' resume is their win at Oklahoma. 

 

Alabama’s Wins Carry Them to Miami, Fla.

Alabama may have a loss, but its winning percentage against combined ranked teams shows that its wins carry more weight than the three undefeated teams above them.

Team

W/L & Percentage

Alabama 

22-8 73%

Notre Dame

27-12 69%

Kansas State

25-12 67%

Oregon

19-11 63%

As you can see in the chart above, Alabama owns a four-percentage-point advantage over Notre Dame, and a six-point advantage over the No. 1 team in the BCS.  

And in the latest BCS standings it shows that not only does the SEC have the best teams in the country, but for all but two weeks this year it had the No. 1 team in the nation.

Let’s just see if the voters recognize this and put Alabama back into the top two before the season is over.

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