After another entertaining weekend of college football, the season's second BCS rankings were released on Monday. Not surprisingly, there was some shakeup in the top 25.
With a number of top-25 teams facing off in Week 9, the BCS standings look a bit different than they did a week ago. Let's take a closer look at the updated rankings.
|BCS Rankings from Week of Monday, October 28|
The top four teams all cruised on Saturday, while No. 9 Missouri hit a bump in the road.
The Tigers blew a 17-point lead in the third quarter and were beaten in double-overtime by South Carolina, which dropped Missouri down the rankings while South Carolina received a bump.
In all, there were four matchups between top-25 teams in the BCS standings last week. None was bigger than Oregon hosting UCLA, and the reverberations were felt throughout the rankings as the Ducks smoked the Bruins, 42-14, leaping over Florida State for the No. 2 ranking.
Stanford and Miami both narrowly secured victories, while Texas Tech saw their rank drop after falling to Oklahoma.
Virginia Tech fell out of the rankings after falling to Duke—the Blue Devils are now 6-2, folks—while Nebraska dropped out of the rankings after losing to Minnesota, 34-23.
The top of the standings remains the topic of conversation around college football, as Alabama, Florida State, Oregon and Ohio State all remain undefeated. If the season ended today, Alabama and Oregon would contest the national championship, with two campuses left quite unhappy with these rankings.
All four teams have stiff tests remaining, however. Alabama still has to play LSU and Auburn, Oregon has Stanford and Oregon State remaining, Florida State has a crucial game against Miami next weekend and still has to face Florida, and Ohio State has yet to face Michigan.
Plus, each school will potentially have another difficult matchup in their respective conference championships. Things are just heating up.
Meanwhile, No. 16 Fresno State and No. 17 Northern Illinois also remain undefeated further down the rankings, and each will hope they can crash the final iteration of the BCS. It would be a most appropriate way to waive goodbye to a controversial format for deciding the national champion.
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