BCS Week 8 Report: Missouri Earns Signature Win Over a No. 1

Dan SmithCorrespondent IOctober 26, 2010

Blaine Gabbert led his Tigers to an upset over Oklahoma
Blaine Gabbert led his Tigers to an upset over OklahomaDilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

The curse of the No. 1 ranking strikes again.

The AP poll saw its top team taken down twice, and then the top team in the first BCS poll went on a conference road trip.

It ended with the Missouri fans tearing down the goalposts.

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel was winless against Bob Stoops and the Sooners until their dominating performance on Saturday night.

Oklahoma overcame turnovers and poor special teams play to take a 21-20 second half lead. Then Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert hit Jerrell Jackson for the touchdown that put the Tigers up for good.

So what does this mean for the BCS?

At first glance, it looks like the BCS still does not get it. Oregon was once again passed over for the top spot, as Auburn's win over LSU catapulted those Tigers into the scary No. 1 spot. Auburn might be okay for a few weeks, as games with Ole Miss and Chattanooga should not produce any upsets.

They do end the season with Georgia and Alabama, so my guess is that the Tigers will not make it through the season without a loss. The Iron Bowl against Alabama this year might have huge SEC and national title implications. It has been a while since both teams were playing for so much—that is, if both teams keep winning.

Oregon, the No. 1 team in the AP, has a conference road game against USC in Week 9. Conference road games have not been kind to Alabama, Ohio State and Oklahoma. The Ducks' high-powered offense is about to meet the soft USC defense, so Lane Kiffin better have a solid offensive game plan.

I still think that Oregon will get a loss. USC might get them, and they also have Arizona in a few weeks. They still have the Civil War with Oregon State, and that game will have huge ramifications. Oregon has kept Oregon State out of the Rose Bowl for two straight years, and a Beaver win over the Ducks will bolster both the schedules of Boise State and TCU.

As the regular season tournament keeps knocking teams out, the BCS is in a constant state of flux this season. Boise State has a big game against Nevada coming up, and TCU still has to play undefeated Utah.

Michigan State is sitting at No. 5, and they do not have to play Ohio State this year. They have already beaten Wisconsin, and they survived their conference road trip to Northwestern on Saturday. They play Iowa next week in what might be their last big test.

Alabama is sitting at No. 6 and could find itself in a position to leap over an undefeated Boise State or TCU squad as the regular season tournament plays itself out.

List Time

My Top Two

1. Boise State

2. TCU

Conference Power Rankings

1. SEC

2. Pac-10

3. Big Ten

4. Mountain West

5. Big 12

6. ACC

Week 9 Preview

1. Oregon at USC

2. Michigan State at Iowa

3. Alabama at LSU

4. Missouri at Nebraska