BCS Rankings 2010: Who Got Screwed in the First BCS Poll?

Zachary D. Rymer@zachrymerMLB Lead WriterOctober 18, 2010

BCS Rankings 2010: Who Got Screwed in the First BCS Poll?

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    ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 09: Josh Bodell #22 and Fred Smith #86 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrate their win over the Michigan Wolverines 34-17 on October 9, 2010 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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    The first BCS Rankings 2010 are out while it's only been a few short hours since we first learned of the initial BCS rankings, there's probably already been enough arguments to fill out a Monty Python sketch.

    On balance, you have to imagine that most of us are still in something of a daze from all the crap that hit the fan on Saturday. Indeed, we've barely had enough time to digest and analyze the new AP and Coach's polls before they dropped the BCS rankings on us.

    But at the end of it all, can any of us ever truly shuck our initial knee-jerk reactions to things, particularly when these reactions are negative? I think not.

    We all know that there are teams who got royally screwed a few hours ago. Here's the 10 foremost.

No. 23 Arkansas

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    AUBURN - OCTOBER 16:  Backup quarterback Tyler Wilson #8 of the Arkansas Razorbacks threw for 332 yards and 4 touchdowns during the game against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  The Tigers beat the Razorbac
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    With two losses under their belts to the clear powers in the SEC, Alabama and Auburn, you could easily make the case that the Razorbacks are right where they belong.

    But even despite those two losses, you have to realize that Arkansas is a very good team, and probably better than several of the teams occupying the spaces ahead of them (Florida State, Texas, Nebraska).

    After all, let's not forget that they had Alabama on the ropes before the Crimson Tide finally broke through with 10 points in the fourth quarter to complete a nifty comeback. And they hung with Auburn until Cam Newton finally became too much in the fourth quarter of that game. And they managed that mostly without Ryan Mallett.

    With games against South Carolina and LSU still to come, however, Arkansas will have a chance to move up the board to a more proper spot.

No. 21 South Carolina

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    AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 25:  Head coach Steve Spurrier of the South Carolina Gamecocks against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
    Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    In case you missed it, I've already expressed my opinion that South Carolina is one of many teams that is too low in these first rankings. And to that I hold.

    The fact of the matter is that losing to Kentucky is about as damning as it gets. And they probably deserve to be punished accordingly.

    But the Gamecocks were also the first team to take down a No. 1 this year, and that should also be worth certain considerations. Like their SEC mates Arkansas, Steve Spurrier's club is much better than some of the teams that they're looking up at.

No. 16 Nebraska

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    LINCOLN, NEBRASKA - SEPTEMBER 25: Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Taylor Martinez #3 hands the ball to running back Roy Helu Jr. #10 during second half action of their game at Memorial Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska Defeated
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    I almost feel guilty saying that Nebraska got shafted. Indeed, I've always thought that they are one of many Old Guard teams that is always overrated. And for all intents and purposes, Texas, yet another Old Guard team, pretty much proved me right.

    That being said, it's always something of a shame any time a team falls about 10 places in any the rankings after a mere seven-point loss, even if it was to a then-unranked team. And speaking of which, exactly why should Nebraska's loss be Texas's gain?

    The whole thing stinks to high heaven. Or maybe that's just the corn fertilizer...

No. 15 Iowa

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    TUCSON, AZ - SEPTEMBER 18:  Quarterback Ricky Stanzi #12 of the Iowa Hawkeyes throws a pass during the college football game against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona.  The Wildcats defeated the Hawkeyes 34-2
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    If Ricky Stanzi could have managed to engineer a scoring drive against Arizona, Iowa would be undefeated, and they would easily be among the Top 10.

    To be sure, I don't want to be the guy who says that the Hawkeyes should be BCS Championship contenders. I'm merely saying that they're better than their record, a reality that could very well become apparent in the next couple weeks.

    Indeed, if Iowa can manage to take out Wisconsin and/or Michigan State at home in the next two weeks, people will probably remember why Iowa was ranked No. 9 at the start of the season.

    And with Ricky Stanzi playing the way he has in the past three games, doing a number on the Badgers and the Spartans is not entirely out of the question.

No. 13 Wisconsin

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    MADISON, WI - OCTOBER 16: Wisconsin Badger players and fans celebrate a win over the Ohio State Buckeyes at Camp Randall Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Madison, Wisconsin. Wisconsin defeated Ohio State 31-18. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    As with South Carolina, knocking off the No. 1 team apparently isn't worth all that much any more. Instead of telling us that Wisconsin is that good, the Badgers' No. 13 ranking tells us that Ohio State was that bad. And despite the fact that Wisconsin is ahead of the Buckeyes in the AP and Coaches' polls, Ohio State is still ahead of the Badgers in the BCS rankings.

    That's college football for you. The most serious joke on Earth.

    Moreover, this is a team whose only loss was to Michigan State, who occupy the No. 7 spot in these initial rankings. Can't a great team lose to a great team and still be considered a great team? If so, that would be just great.

No. 10 Ohio State

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    COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 25:  Head Coach Jim Tressel of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches his team play the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Ohio Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio.  Ohio State won 73-20. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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    Yes, after all that about Wisconsin being shafted, I am telling you that Ohio State also got shafted. And I mean it.

    As with Nebraska, dropping a team this far from their current spot after a relatively close loss probably isn't fair. If voters really missed the mark on Ohio State that badly, then a fall from grace like this is hardly their fault.

    Does Ohio State deserve to be among the Top 10? The answer right now is probably not. But, if by some miracle, they manage to win the the Big Ten (which is possible given Michigan State's upcoming schedule), it will be hard to keep them out.

No. 9 Utah

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    FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 14:  Quarterback Jordan Wynn #3 of the Utah Utes looks to pass the ball in the second quarter of the game against the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium on November 14, 2009 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martine
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    Utah is actually probably too high on this list. But of all the unbeaten teams in the BCS Top 10, they are the only one that is not higher than Alabama, who has one loss.

    Most people, myself included, probably agree with that. But if you're Utah, you're probably wondering why you're not ranked above a team that lost to the No. 21 team in the rankings. After all, you haven't lost to anybody.

    It's pretty obvious that, despite having two teams in the Top 10 in these rankings, people just aren't ready for the Mountain West.

    Maybe that's why Utah is bolting.

No. 8 Alabama

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    TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 16:  Quarterback Greg McElroy #12 of the Alabama Crimson Tide hands the ball off to Mark Ingram #22 against the Ole Miss Rebels at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Imag
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    Yes, I'm going to contradict myself once again.

    Why? Because I happen to think Alabama is the best team in the SEC, a thought that, if true, probably makes them the best team in the country. And they were just that last year.

    But their misplacement has a chance to be a mere misdemeanor when you look at their remaining games. They'll get their shot at both LSU and Auburn, the SEC teams ahead of them in these initial rankings. And if they win out, and keep their loss total at one, it will be hard to deny the champs the chance to defend their title.

No. 3 Boise State

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    BOISE, ID - SEPTEMBER 25:  Quarterback Kellen Moore #11 of the Boise State Broncos looks for a receiver against the Oregon State Beaversat Bronco Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Boise, Idaho.  (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)
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    So what if they're a non-AQ team? Dammit, America is tired of seeing Boise State get shafted!

    In all seriousness, this is the team that has been most hurt by the obsolete notion that teams from non-major conferences simply can't be as good as the teams with the trophies.

    Sure, the WAC isn't the sexiest conference in the FBS. But how many times in a row does Boise State need to win it to prove that they're too good for it? This year is likely to be their eighth straight, after all.

    So come on, America! Raise your hand if you want to see Boise in the BCS Championship Game!

No. 2 Oregon

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    EUGENE, OR - OCTOBER 2: Head coach Chip Kelly of the Oregon Ducks is greeted by 'Puddles', the mascot of the Oregon Ducks, before the game against the Stanford Cardinal at Autzen Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Eugene, Oregon. Oregon won the game 52-31. (Ph
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    Oregon is better than Oklahoma. The writers know it. The coaches know it. Why don't the computers know it?

    Seriously, since starting the season at the No. 11 spot, all the Ducks have done is spectacularly stomp every team they've played. Thanks to the most explosive offense in the country, they've scored at least 42 points in all six of their games. And the only real scare they've had was in a bad first half against Stanford. They went on to shut them out in the second half.

    They have a very good chance of winning out and easily claiming the Pac-10, which this year is a much stronger conference than the Big 12.

    But Oregon shouldn't worry. They'll probably end up playing for the Championship one way or another. Their fate is very much in their hands.