The first official BCS standings are due out next Sunday, Oct. 20, but the jockeying for positions started long before that. Thanks to the simulated BCS standings (compiled by BCS Guru), we already have a pretty good idea of which teams are ranked where.
The big news last week was Clemson's leapfrogging over Oregon into the No. 2 spot in the simulated BCS. That will probably last just a week, as the Ducks have a high-profile matchup against bitter rival Washington. A victory will assuredly vault Oregon back to the second spot, behind Alabama.
Further down the standings, a couple other unbeaten teams also have important games that will impact their positions in the race for the BCS championship. With all the conferences going into the meat of their schedules, we will finally get a chance to see some serious separation of pretenders from contenders.
Rankings according to simulated BCS standings at BCSGuru.com.
The rankings method is a simulation of the actual BCS standings with the following variations: (1) The AP Poll is used in place of the Harris Interactive Poll, which is not published until Oct. 13; (2) Peter Wolfe's computer ratings, which will not be available until the BCS standings are released, is replaced by the median ranking of 52 computer ratings.