BCS Rankings Week 3: Who Got Screwed in the Third BCS Poll?
This slideshow is going to turn to all those poor suckers who were unfairly treated by the latest poll. And make no mistake, people got screwed.
As always there are bound to be some usual suspects on this list, as there are some teams who just never seem to get their due.
But we may as well be honest with ourselves. Having plenty of reasons to bitch is probably the only redeeming quality about the BCS rankings week in and week out.
So let's do it.
Fellow Bleacher Report writer Andrew Leigh was the first one to point out that the Big East has been stashed pretty far back in the doghouse by both the writers and the coaches.
I happen to agree with him. After all, a 5-1 West Virginia squad was able to make it as far as No. 20 in the first BCS rankings, but there doesn't seem to be much respect for a 6-2 Orange team that beat the Mountaineers on their own turf.
Is this a major infraction on the part of the voters and the computers? Not really. But there's no ignoring just how awkward it would be if the eventual Big East champion and BCS bowl participant were an unranked team.
In fact, it would probably be awkward enough to heat up the ever-present national urge for a playoff system.
No. 23 Nevada
Boise State isn't the only team being regularly shafted by the lack of respect for the WAC. Nevada, easily the second best team in the conference, doesn't get nearly the attention they deserve for a number of reasons.
For one, this is where the now widely used pistol offense came from. And while a lot of people probably realize that, not many seem to be aware that Chris Ault's Wolf Pack still runs it better than anyone. His team is seventh in the nation in scoring and third in the nation in yards per game.
Secondly, this team could very well be undefeated had it not been for a late Colin Kaepernick interception on the road against Hawaii.
They moved up only one spot in the BCS standings after their 56-42 win against Utah State and were leapfrogged by the Baylor Bears, who beat Texas. That just hardly seems fair.
No. 22 Virginia Tech
I had Virginia Tech as one of the teams that I thought was too low, and I'm not about to go back on that statement now.
In case you haven't noticed, the Hokies have been one of the hottest teams in the nation since dropping their first two to Boise State and James Madison. Yet it seems that no matter what they do, they're definitely not going to be forgiven for the latter defeat. Especially not by the computers.
But the reality is that Virginia Tech is the only team in the ACC that hasn't dropped a conference game, and they have a very good chance at winning out and claiming the conference crown on December 4th.
Is the ACC that bad this year? Or are the No. 21 Baylor Bears that good?
No. 18 Arkansas
Arkansas' only real crime at this point in the 2010 season is that they play in the best division in the best conference in the company: the SEC West.
As a result, it might be easy for some to look at their two losses and conclude that they're right where they belong at No. 18.
But it's really difficult to make the case that they are actually worse than Iowa, the only two-loss team ahead of them in the BCS rankings. While Iowa's two losses were to the teams currently sitting at No. 15 and No. 9 (Arizona and Wisconsin), Arkansas' two losses were to the No. 6 and No. 2 teams (Alabama and Auburn).
The only thing that a team like Iowa has on them is that they beat last week's No. 5 team (Michigan State). That's a fine argument, but we should also realize that the severity with which they beat that No. 5 team tells us that they were overrated to begin with.
If nothing else, consider that food for thought.
No. 16 Iowa
With all that riff-raff about Arkansas fresh in mind, the fact of the matter is that Iowa was also screwed, albeit for different reasons.
The writers are apparently the only people that realize that Iowa should be ranked ahead of the team they just beat, even if they do have twice as many losses.
But Iowa didn't just beat Michigan State. They destroyed Michigan State. Factor in that Iowa's two losses were by a combined eight points, and you get the perfect case of a team that is much better than its record.
They don't deserve to be too much higher in the rankings, but they certainly deserve to be higher than the team they just gloriously stomped.
No. 13 Stanford
After laying a 41-0 hurting on the Washington Huskies, how many spots did Stanford move up in the BCS rankings?
Indeed, the Cardinal stood pat at No. 13 while all sorts of teams moved ahead and behind them. And while it is admittedly rather difficult to make the case that a team like Nebraska doesn't deserve to be ahead of them, it's decidedly easier to make the case that Stanford might be the best of the one-loss teams.
Well, they're not better than Alabama, but the Cardinal's one and only loss is the most respectable out of their one-loss brethren. They lost on the road to Oregon, a team and a venue that could have probably stopped Alexander the Great if the Ducks had the chance.
No. 11 Ohio State
How has Ohio State responded after bungling their No. 1 ranking a few weeks ago? They've merely won their last two games by a combined score of 101-10.
Now that, friends, is scary.
Yet despite laying a 52-10 hurting on Minnesota in Minneapolis, Ohio State is another team that did not advance in the BCS rankings. Instead, they were leapfrogged by the LSU Tigers, who were idle this past weekend.
That doesn't make sense at all. And it makes even less sense when you consider the rather obvious reality that Ohio State is better than LSU.
No. 6 Alabama
It took three weeks, but the computers finally moved the undefeated Utah Utes ahead of the one-loss Crimson Tide.
And that's exactly why the Tide got screwed. Despite the fact they were unable to help their own cause because of an idle weekend, they're still better than Utah. I know it, you know it, the writers know it, the coaches know it.
But those blasted computers do not.
No. 4 Boise State
There's no denying that Boise's relative difficulty to subdue a team like Louisiana Tech raised a white flag or two, even among the people who have been endless championing the blue guys (guilty).
That being said, there is also no denying that Boise has, once again, been royally screwed by the computers, which apparently figured that their 49-20 win over the mighty Bulldogs was even uglier than we think it was.
But like Iowa and 'Bama, Boise is yet another team whose placement in the BCS is in stark contrast with their placement in the AP and USA Today polls, which both have the Broncos ahead of TCU.
On balance, this week's rankings are yet another entry in the sad story that is "Boise Sucks, and So Do You for Thinking Otherwise."
No. 2 Auburn
I'm pretty sure I heard one of the ESPN college football geeks correctly when he said that Auburn is the first team in the history of the BCS to be dropped from No. 1 to No. 2 after a win.
Even if one or both of us is wrong about that, neither you nor I needed a tidbit like that to realize that Auburn definitely got screwed in being dropped to No. 2. After all, it's pretty hard to see exactly how the Tigers could have gotten any worse after a 51-31 win on the road.
The obvious question, I suppose, is this: is USC really that good in the eyes of the computers? For that matter, are the computers even allowed to think about USC at all this year?