This year’s hell has begun. Unless you enjoy the Bowl Championship Series and its wrath each week, times will most likely be difficult for you.
The first BCS rankings were released last night, and to a bit of a shock Oklahoma was ranked No. 1 in the country. Given the events of the past few weeks, the Sooners should not hold the spot longer than one week.
However, let’s check out how each team is doing so right now...
The new BCS ranking for No. 1 Oklahoma is special, but the three records that Sooners players broke on Saturday were pretty darn special too, one in particular—running back DeMarco Murray now owns the record for most career touchdowns in school history.
For those who care about the AP poll, No. 2 Oregon was selected as the top team in the country for the first time in school history.
San Jose State has played five ranked teams so far this year. The only ranked team to go to San Jose was No. 3 Boise State, which beat SJSU 48-0, the second largest margin of defeat for the Spartans on the year behind Utah’s 56-3 victory. (Consider this: Boise State defeated SJSU by 48 points. No. 13 Wisconsin did the same, but at home and by just 13 points.)
No. 5 TCU’s strength of schedule took a huge hit over the weekend with SMU, Oregon State and Air Force all losing.
The award for Most-Unconvincing-Wins-Over-Lower-Tier-Teams-Yet-Still-Ranked goes to No. 6 LSU. This weekend will either see Auburn killing the Tigers or the Mad Hatter performing his latest magic trick.
No. 8 Alabama quietly—and unimpressively—defeated Ole Miss late Saturday night 23-10 in Tuscaloosa.
There is one thing on the minds of No. 9 Utah—turnovers.
If No. 10 Ohio State hopes to reach the national title—or the Big Ten crown, for that matter—it will need a ton of help.
A team that is very quietly sitting outside the Top 10 is No. 11 Missouri, which beat Texas A&M on Saturday to improve its record to 6-0 on the year, with two of those wins coming against Big 12 opponents. Thanks to the Tigers’ record—and next opponent, Oklahoma—ESPN’s College GameDay will head to Columbia.
Who has No. 12 Stanford at No. 4 in their rankings, with the fifth most difficult schedule?
You certainly have heard this expression, but No. 13 Wisconsin controls its own destiny in terms of reaching and/or winning the Big Ten and perhaps the BCS title game.
Check out some of the things No. 14 Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon has done already this year, including leading the nation in scoring.
There is one fact throughout the Big Ten—the key to the Big Ten Championship runs through No. 15 Iowa and Kinnick Stadium.
After a crushing loss to an unranked Texas squad, No. 16 Nebraska will have to forget the game completely if it hopes to reach a BCS bowl game.
It might be that Washington State is improving as a team, that No. 18 Arizona’s quarterback Nick Foles is too important of a player or that the Wildcats may just not be that good, but Saturday’s game was a relatively close one.
No. 19 Texas staved off No. 16 Nebraska in Lincoln to end the Cornhuskers’ hope of winning a national championship.
No. 20 West Virginia jumped six spots in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll after a 20-6 win over South Florida last Thursday. All six games left on the Mountaineers’ slate are Big East games.
No. 21 South Carolina really blew it on Saturday, muffing a 28-10 halftime lead against Kentucky.
For the first time since 2007, No. 22 Kansas State is ranked within the BCS Top 25. The Wildcats’ season-opening victory over UCLA was arguably the catalyst that pushed Kansas State into the rankings.
It almost seems criminal; No. 23 Arkansas’ two losses have been close[r than the box score reads], and the Razorbacks are feeling it in the polls. Arkansas lost its starting quarterback in Ryan Mallett, which would seem like a season-ending crushing blow, but backup Tyler Wilson played extremely well after Mallett’s early departure on Saturday against No. 4 Auburn.
Mississippi State currently sits at No. 24 in the first BCS ranking, making this the first time the Bulldogs are ranked since September of 2001, thanks to a victory over Florida on Saturday.
Well, well, well. Virginia Tech appears within the first BCS ranking of the year. Let’s not forget that “[a]ll [Frank] Beamer does is win ACC Championships.” The Hokies have now won five consecutive games and are 3-0 in ACC play.