College Football: Week 1 BCS Rankings

Colin KearneyContributor IOctober 21, 2010

Week 1 BCS Rankings

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    1. Oklahoma
    2. Oregon
    3. Boise State
    4. Auburn
    5. TCU
    6. LSU
    7. Michigan State
    8. Alabama
    9. Utah
    10. Ohio State
    11. Missouri
    12. Stanford
    13. Wisconsin
    14. Oklahoma State
    15. Iowa
    17. Florida State
    18. Arizona
    19. Texas
    20. West Virginia
    21. South Carolina
    22. Kansas State
    23. Arkansas
    24. Mississippi State
    25. Virginia Tech

    Teams in BOLD play what "on paper" seems to be a better game. However, just because it may be not one of the best games predicted, doesn't mean it can't become one.
    Temple, Miami, and Ohio are the only teams that have more than two wins in the MAC East Division. The team that loses this matchup will probably lose their chance for a spot in the MAC championship game.

No. 19 Maryland Vs. Boston College

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    After four losses in a row, BC’s second half schedule looks more promising.

    However, Maryland must travel to Miami and finish the season with games against Florida State and NC State. Ralph Friedgen’s job has been on the line since the season started and it is unknown if attendance in a bowl game alone will be enough to save it.

No. 20 Ohio VS. Miami (OH)

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    Temple, Miami, and Ohio are the only teams that have more than two wins in the MAC East Division. The team that loses this matchup will probably lose their chance for a spot in the MAC championship game.

No. 18 Washington Vs. Arizona

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    By beating Oregon State last week, the Huskies still have a glimmer of hope for going to a bowl, currently sitting at 3-3. However their next three games include road trips to Arizona and Oregon and a home game against Stanford. If they can pull out one win against the three, their chances dramatically increase. Since the Beavers lost to Washington, Arizona is back in the hunt for the Pac-10 Championship.

No. 17 Penn State Vs. Minnesota

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    After firing Tim Brewster, Minnesota will try to salvage the rest of their season and look for a new head coach. Should Penn State fall to the Golden Gophers, they could also possibly start the search for JoePa’s successor, because they would need to win three of their final five games, which include Michigan, Northwestern, Ohio State, and Michigan State to become bowl eligible.

No. 16 Southern Methodist Vs. Houston

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    While this game does not sound as pretty as the other ones, it will most likely end any hopes for the loser of a shot in the C-USA championship game.

#15-Rutgers Vs. Pittsburgh

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    These two teams have had high highs and low lows. Additionally, based on the teams they beat (and lost to) their strength of schedule has been awful. Both beat Florida International and one FCS Team (Norfolk State and New Hampshire) but also lost to a non Big-Six team (Utah and Tulane). By simply finishing the season .500 they can become bowl eligible. Any some think there is nothing wrong with bowls.

#14- Texas Tech Vs. Colorado

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    Outside of Texas Tech’s nonconference play, this is the easiest game for both of these teams remaining on their schedule. Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins’s job has been on the line since the season started and desperately needs a win after dropping two straight to Missouri and Baylor. On the flipside, Texas Tech needs one or two wins in the Big XII before finishing their season against Weber State and at Houston in order to become bowl eligible.

#13-Purdue Vs. Ohio State

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    At this point in the season, the Boilermakers have a better conference record than Ohio State. However, like Alabama, if they correct the course and run the rest of the season without a loss, they not only can possibly play in Pasadena, but could sneak back in for a spot in the national championship.

#12-Air Force Vs. TCU

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    Air Force could have been the surprise of the Mountain West that no one saw coming, but a loss at San Diego State last week ended those dreams. Now they can play the spoiler and end TCU’s BCS championship hopes. TCU’s only option for a BCS bowl is to keep winning and not overlook their opponents.

#11-Georgia Tech Vs. Clemson

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    It seems doubtful that there will be a rematch in the ACC championship game in 2010, and the loser of this game will most likely not be in Charlotte on December 4. After only two years, Clemson’s head coach Dabo Swinney’s seat is warming and needs to correct the course of the season.

#9-UCLA Vs. Oregon

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    Oregon seems to be rolling in the Pac-10 and as of today, has a ticket punched for the BCS championship game. However, one cannot forget that UCLA beat Texas in Auburn and won three of the last four games.

#9-Alabama Vs. Tennessee

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    If current Baltimore Raven Terrence Cody hadn’t blocked two field goals at the end of regulation, Alabama would have suffered their first loss of 2009. Ironically it is a similar situation this year. Although they have one loss, Alabama is still in the BCS top 10, and should jump the loser of the Auburn/LSU game with a win. But, a loss to the Volunteers end hopes of a BCS Bowl and possibly an SEC championship.

#8-West Virginia Vs. Syracuse

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    This year, the Mountain West is probably better and more relevant than the Big East. That being said, this game could be the unofficial Big East championship. West Virginia is in the driver’s seat and has hopes for a BCS bowl, but one stumble along the way could end them.

#7-Georgia Vs. Kentucky

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    To become bowl eligible, both teams need three wins in the next five games. They both play FCS schools Idaho State and Charleston Southern on November 6th, so the magic number should be two. Kentucky has a better chance finishing the season against Vanderbilt and Tennessee, however Georgia has to face Florida, Auburn, and Georgia Tech. If Mark Richt cannot pull out a third straight win, his tenure with the Bulldogs may come to an end.

#6-Michigan State Vs. Northwestern

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    Between these two schools, they share a record of 12-1. However, both of their strength of schedules hasn’t been stellar. With Michigan and Ohio State off their schedule, Northwestern can jump back into the Big 10 race with a win over the Spartans, and Michigan State can prove that the deserve their number seven spot in the BCS and can possibly clinch the Big 10 by the end of the month if they keep winning.

#5-Nebraska Vs. Oklahoma State

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    One of the unsaid rules in college football is to never overlook a powerhouse, no matter how many losses they accumulate. Nebraska thought by being an undefeated number five, they could simply beat Texas on power alone, but got reminded that even during an abnormal year; Texas always has a good team. They will have a chance to rebound and show that they are the best team in the Big XII north. On the flipside, Oklahoma State needs a big win to prove that their undefeated season so far has not been a fluke.

#4-North Carolina Vs. Miami

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    Prior to the beginning of this season, this game should have predicted which team would have a shot to go to the BCS; now it simply will show the hierarchy of the ACC. With both teams suffering one conference loss apiece, this game will probably not only eliminate one team’s chances for a place in the ACC championship game, but may also make the seat a little warmer for the losing head coach.

#3-Wisconsin Vs. Iowa

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    It can be hard for teams to focus after beating a top-5 ranked team (see South Carolina), however this game should be close. Iowa can control their own destiny because not only do they play Wisconsin, Michigan State, and Ohio State, but all three are at home.

#2-Oklahoma Vs. Missouri

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    This game is sort of a meeting between two dark horses: Oklahoma, who was a surprise to many to be the number one team in the first BCS poll, and Missouri, who has not lost a game this season. However, en route to their undefeated seasons so far, Oklahoma defeated Florida State, Air Force, Cincinnati, and Texas. Missouri’s best win was last week at Texas A&M.

#1-LSU Vs. Auburn

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    By this point in the season, most would not have predicted that LSU and Auburn would be the last two remaining undefeated teams in the SEC, and only two of ten in the entire nation. The winner of this game will be in the driver’s seat to the SEC championship, and better their case for a shot in the BCS championship game.