If the BCS was ranked by the teams by actual W-L records, it might make a bit more sense. What I have here is the top 25 teams in the NCAA FBS division ranked only by W-L records. Under the teams' name and record, I give a little thought about them an their chances to get to the National Championship in January. Simple as that. But who goes higher if there are teams with the same records? Then I would do a tie breaker by total point differential throughout their season. If we ranked the teams by W-L records only, it would look something like this:
1. Iowa Hawkeyes (9-0, +89 point differential, Next Game: vs. Northwestern)
Make no mistake, Iowa has a great team and are currently the only 9-0 team in the FBS (for now) but this team only has outscored opponents by a combined 89 points while other teams like Texas, Boise State, Cincinnati, and Florida have already scored at least 200 more points than the opponents they've played (all have played one less game than the Hawkeyes.) This team has a legit shot at the Big Ten Championship, but they still haven't played Ohio State yet. If they beat Ohio State, and go undefeated, then they might deserve a National Championship shot, but let's see how the other six currently-undefeated teams play out the final weeks...
2. Texas Longhorns (8-0, +225 point differential, Next Game: vs. Central Florida)
The Longhorns are quite possibly the best 8-0 team at the moment, and they deserve a National Championship shot (for now at least). Texas has defeated opponents by a combined 225 points, which is more than any other team in the FBS. I'm an Oklahoma Sooners fan (seriously, I am) but I have to give credit where credit is due. I mean, let's face it...this team has figured it out. Now, all the Longhorns have to do is go undefeated and not get upset in the Big 12 Championship Game, and a National Championship appearence will definately happen.
3. Boise State Broncos (8-0, +219 point differential, Next Game: at Louisiana Tech)
This team is the only GOOD team in the WAC, so many might question if they deserve a National Championship shot when (Yes, I said WHEN) they go undefeated. I still don't fully know the answer to that but for right now, my answer is "almost, but now." But my opinion about this changes every week, so we'll see what happens with the Broncos down the stretch.
4. Cincinnati Bearcats (8-0, +210 point differential, Next Game: vs. Connecticut)
This team has really impressed me, but it's going to be interesting to see how far the Bearcats will go with a less-than-100% Tony Pike. They have a great team, but it will be very difficult for them to finish in the top two if Florida, Texas, and Alabama continue to win.
5. Florida Gators (8-0, +200 point differential, Next Game: vs. Vanderbilt)
If Florida goes undefeated, there's a 99.9% chance that they get in the National Championship Game. This team has a great defense, but they are most likely going to play Alabama, who also has a great defense. Let's just hope the Gators don't slip over a banana peel on their way to the SEC Championship Game.
6. TCU Horned Frogs (8-0, +193 point differential, Next Game: at San Diego State)
If you want to watch a great defensive team play, then you got to watch the Frogs! Gary Patterson has his team playing extremely well so far. After watching them beat up on BYU not too long ago, I'm now fully convinced that TCU deserves to be seriously considered for the National Championship Game. Whoever they play in their bowl game, TCU could pull out a win if this defense continues to play the way they have been playing so far.
7. Alabama Crimson Tide (8-0, +163 point differential, Next Game: vs. #12 LSU)
Alabama finally has a true test coming to Tuscaloosa. the LSU Tigers are going to give the Tide all they can handle. The LSU/Alabama game is definately the biggest SEC game so far with the extremely high implications. If Alabama wins this game, I'm going to be that much more confident in their chances to win the SEC Championship Game. Also, If 'Bama wins, LSU's National Championship hopes are pretty much over. I will be watching this game with plenty of excitement.
8. Penn State Nittany Lions (8-1, +192 point differential, Next Game: vs. #15 Ohio State)
Just like the LSU/Alabama game this weekend, the Ohio State/Penn State matchup has high implications as well. PSU needs a win over the Buckeyes if they want to keep their National Championship hopes alive, while the Buckeyes' chances were brought to an end with their loss to Purdue not too long ago. The OSU/PSU game will be a great watch because it's arguably a matchup of the best one-loss team vs. the best two-loss team.
9. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (8-1, +95 point differential, Next Game: Wake Forest)
WHO...GEORGIA TECH?!!...Yeah so, in case you don't know much about this team, you might want to start getting to know them better. This team is quite possibly the second-best one-loss team at the moment (behind Penn State, of course). If they would've beaten Miami back in mid-September, then they should be ranked number one in most of the polls by now. But so far, that loss to Miami is pretty much the only thing that's keeping them from getting huge BCS Championship Game hype. With Wake Forest and Georgia remaining on their schedule, the GT road to the National Title Game is still not easy, but if they come out of the regular season with an 11-1 record, look for them to be playing their last game of the season in either Miami, or maybe even Pasadena if they get extremely lucky!
10. Oregon (7-1, +148 point differential, Next Game: at Stanford)
After their loss to Boise State to start the year, it's been a very nice rise to the top ten for the Oregon Ducks. Their offense has been clicking into high gear. Jeremiah Masoli is playing very well, and LaMichael James is doing a great job at replacing the suspended LaGarrette Blount (yeah, remember him?) Barring a catastrophic breakdown, the Ducks will play their last game of the season in Pasadena. If they can end the regular season at 11-1 and win their last four games by pretty convincing margins, they will play in Pasadena maybe not on New Year's Day, but maybe a few days after that!
Now that you have the top ten teams based on W-L records. Here's teams 11-25:
11. Pittsburgh Panthers (7-1, +130 point differential, Next Game: vs. Syracuse)
12. LSU Tigers (7-1, +114 point differential, Next Game: at. #7 Alabama)
13. Houston Cougars (7-1, +107 point differential, Next Game: at. Tulsa)
14. Utah Utes (7-1, +83 point differential, Next Game: vs. New Mexico)
15. Ohio State Buckeyes (7-2, +174 point differential, Next Game: at #8 Penn State)
16. Central Michigan Chippewas (7-2, +123 point differential, Next Week: IDLE)
17. Idaho Vandals (7-2, +8 point differential, Next Game: vs. Fresno State)
18. South Florida Bulls (6-2, +105 point differential, Next Week: IDLE)
19. Oklahoma State Cowboys (6-2, +92 point differential, Next Game: at. Iowa State)
20. California Golden Bears (6-2, +92 point differential, Next Game: Oregon State)
21. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (6-2, +91 point differential, Next Week: IDLE)
22. USC Trojans (6-2, +87 point differential, at. Arizona State)
23. BYU Cougars (6-2, +80 point differential, at. Wyoming)
24. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-2, +67 point differential, Next Game: vs. Navy)
25. Wisconsin Badgers (6-2, +60 point differential, Next Game: at. Indiana)