Week 9 of the college football season wasn't nearly as crazy as Week 8 was, but there certainly were a handful of games that will shake up the latest BCS rankings. The most obvious nosedive is going to be Missouri, who lost a 27-24 heartbreaker to South Carolina in double overtime. The Tigers will likely not only fall out of the Top Five, but any chance of them playing for a national championship has taken a major hit.
The biggest question with voters may be the top spot. Sure, Alabama is the two-time defending champion and it just beat the breaks off Tennessee (45-10), but Florida State is also undefeated and may be playing at the highest level of anybody in the country. Bleacher Report's Michael Felder thinks the Seminoles have made a case as the top team in the nation.
What do you think?
One person who isn't buying the Florida State hype is Samuel Chi, Bleacher Report's BCS guru. He believes that Oregon's 42-14 win over UCLA was sexy enough for the Ducks to overtake the No. 2 spot. In case you're wondering, Chi also thinks that Alabama's streak of being the best team in the country remains safe. His latest BCS projections can be viewed below:
|Samuel Chi's Latest BCS Projections|
|4||Ohio State||Big Ten||4|
|13||Texas Tech||Big 12||10|
|19||Oklahoma State||Big 12||19|
Oklahoma, Northern Illinois and South Carolina all make big jumps. Missouri is still hanging around, even with the loss, and Fresno State drops a crucial spot after winning an overtime game against San Diego State. Interesting.
As for others, Brad Edwards of ESPN agrees with the Top Five:
Nothing to see here.
Jerry Palm of CBS Sports shares identical thoughts with Chi on the Top 10, but he made a few changes near the bottom of the poll.
He likes Texas A&M above Texas Tech, South Carolina over Northern Illinois and Fresno State just one spot ahead of UCLA.
Whose rankings do you agree with the most? Is there one team that is still drastically underrated? Overrated?
The second official BCS standings will be released Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. ET.