The quagmire that is the Bowl Championship Series’ rankings hit for the first time in the 2009 season last weekend, and in the second week of the infamous poll there is already some serious change, and a couple teams must be scratching their heads.
In a week with few upsets, there are only a few big changes to speak of. Only three teams that were ranked in the Top 25 last week lost.
No. 16 BYU was shredded by their conference rivals TCU, who came into the meeting ranked eighth in the BCS. After the 38-7 beat down, their second loss of the season, the Cougars dropped right out of the Top 25, officially ending any faint hope they may have had of crashing the BCS party this post season.
Joining BYU as the two biggest losers of the weekend, the previously 10th ranked Miami Hurricanes were upset by the 4-3 Clemson Tigers, 40-37 in overtime.
Unlike the would-be BCS busters of Brigham Young, being in the ACC meant that with one loss coming into the weekend the Hurricane’s still had an outside chance at reaching the BCS title game. Those hopes were officially put to bed this weekend, despite the Hurricane’s prolific offense running up 433 total yards and 37 points.
Miami dropped down to 19th in this week’s poll.
While the drops taken by BYU and Miami are hardly surprising with each suffering their second loss of the season, there were some other changes that don’t appear to make much sense.
Both Cincinnati and Boise State rocked their opponents this weekend, but were still leapfrogged in the poll.
Previously fourth ranked Boise State dropped to seventh after they took apart Hawaii 54-9 Saturday. The Broncos ran up 472 total yards in the dominating performance, doing exactly what they were expected to do against an inferior opponent. Dropping out of the Top Five following such a performance doesn’t seem to make much sense here.
Similarly, the formerly fifth ranked Cincinnati Bearcats also dropped three spots in the poll to eighth after a dominating win over conference foe, Louisville.
The 7-0 Bearcats dominated despite the absence of starting quarterback Tony Pike, and were never once out of control of the game.
The apparent benefactors of Cincinnati and Boise State’s fall were Southern California, who rose from seventh to fifth after a six point win over Pac-10 opponent Oregon State, and Iowa who won 15-13 on the road at 4-4 Michigan State
Adding some intrigue to the the 6-1 Trojan’s move this week is that by beating Oregon State, they only accomplished something that Cincinnati had already done when the Bearcats went on the road and beat OSU in Week Three.
So how does a 6-1 team leapfrog a 7-0 team just by beating an opponent that the undefeated Bearcats already vanquished? That’s a move that doesn’t seem to make sense by any rationality.
It’s just the second week of the poll, and there is still a lot of football to be played, so things are still subject to change. As it always does, the BCS will continue to spark controversy and confusion as the season progresses, and by the end of the year we all just have to hope that we truly end up with the two best teams in the country playing for the title.
Here's the complete week nine poll:
1) Florida (7-0)
2) Alabama (8-0)
3) Texas (7-0)
4) Iowa (8-0)
5) USC (6-1)
6) TCU (7-0)
7) Boise State (7-0)
8) Cincinnati (7-0)
9) LSU (6-1)
10) Oregon (6-1)
11) Georgia Tech (7-1)
12) Penn State (7-1)
13) Virginia Tech (5-2)
14) Oklahoma State (6-1)
15) Pittsburgh (7-1)
16) Utah (6-1)
17) Ohio State (6-2)
18) Houston (6-1)
19) Miami (5-2)
20) Arizona (5-2)
21) West Virginia (6-1)
22) South Carolina (6-2)
23) Notre Dame (5-2)
24) California (5-2)
25) Mississippi (5-2)