It's the time of year when more controversy than normal is drummed up in the sporting world thanks to the hotly debated BCS rankings.
While the BCS standings are set to go the way of the dinosaur sooner rather than later, the official first edition was released Sunday to what will surely be widespread outrage or praise depending on who is asked.
Here's a look at the official BCS standings, with a few teams highlighted after the jump with a buy or sell verdict as it pertains to their national title hopes.
|BCS Rankings (Week 9)|
Jimbo Fisher's team is on fire thanks to a guy by the name of Jameis Winston, who led the Seminoles to a jaw-dropping 51-14 victory over Clemson.
Despite his freshman status, Winston stands out as a No. 1 Heisman candidate after his 444 yards and three touchdowns in the win over the Tigers.
Winston is helped by the best defense the Seminoles have fielded in years. The unit allows just 12.3 points per game, which makes it pretty simple for Winston—and his offense that averages 53.2 points per game—to emerge victorious.
As far as total packages go, Florida State is more than worthy of its lofty No. 2 rank and perhaps stands the best chance if it is lucky enough to enter the ring with the juggernaut known as Alabama. An ACC championship appears to be in the cards, as does a true test for the Crimson Tide.
The Oregon Ducks have a major Heisman contender at quarterback as well thanks to the elite play of Marcus Mariota this season.
Mariota has already thrown for more than 2,000 yards with 19 touchdowns and no interceptions, not to mention another 493 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on the ground.
Even more impressive, the Ducks have not had a victory decided by fewer than three scores this season, which is a great feat, but it also tells another story—the Ducks have yet to be truly tested this year.
That will change in a hurry with dates against No. 12 UCLA and No. 6 Stanford on the menu in the coming weeks, but for now, the Ducks appear to be legit. How any team can slow Mariota and the offense down remains to be seen.
First of all, the gap between No. 3 and 4 on the first batch of BCS rankings is huge. Unfortunately for Urban Meyer, who has yet to lose a game after moving to Columbus, it appears the Buckeyes have little shot at playing for a championship.
Even if they did, the Buckeyes have not been overtly impressive this year. An average of 45 points a game, regardless of whether it's Braxton Miller or Kenny Guiton under center is great, but Ohio State also has yet to face a true test.
With that in mind, two tests against Wisconsin and Northwestern were victories, but not exactly awe-inspiring blowouts that one would expect from a team headed to a national championship.
The Buckeyes have an extremely slim chance of sneaking into the national championship, and even if they somehow make it, a date with a team like the Crimson Tide won't be pretty.
Ohio State is another year out from contention both in the participation sense, and in the competitive one.
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