As the college football regular season enters the homestretch, teams from around the country are monitoring the BCS rankings closely. They want to see exactly where they stand and what needs to happen for them to make a move.
Often, simply winning games isn't enough, especially with so many undefeated teams still left standing. It means championship hopefuls not only need to keep winning, but also have to get some help from other teams in order to reach their ultimate goal.
The latest BCS standings were released following Week 9 play. It gives those squads an updated look at where they, and all of their closest competitors, stand with six weeks to go. The strong play of many teams is setting up an exciting race to the finish.
Here's a look at the BCS rankings for Week 10:
|Week 10 BCS Rankings|
The likes of Alabama, Florida State, Oregon and Ohio State continue to dominate the top of the standings as they have clearly separated themselves from the field.
Missouri seemed to be on the verge of joining that elite group; however, the Tigers blew a 17-point lead to South Carolina in the fourth quarter on Saturday, and ultimately lost the game. Their national title hopes are now all but over.
Aside from the Tigers' descent, there wasn't a ton of significant movement in the standings this week as most of the top teams continued to roll.
Although the BCS system has its fair share of flaws and probably won't be sorely missed as college football prepares for the shift to a playoff, what the rankings illustrate is what the BCS has done well throughout its implementation.
More specifically, the rankings' ability to make every game important. With so many unbeaten and one-loss teams battling near the top, teams can't afford any setbacks because they have to impress both the human voters and the computers.
It doesn't only go for national championship contenders like Alabama, Florida State, Oregon and Ohio State, either. Every team with aspirations of reaching a BCS bowl faces the same challenges, starting with their own game and then shifting focus to teams ahead of them and hoping for some help.
Even teams that had the week off, such as Michigan in Week 9, are probably watching all of the other games to see if they can get any help, which has become part of the BCS routine. The Wolverines return to the field next week for a chance to make their own impact against rival Michigan State.
College football season is certainly starting to heat up.
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