BCS Rankings Projections Week 11: How Did Wins By LSU and TCU Shake Up BCS?
For me, this college football season continues to get better every single week.
If there was ever a year that the BCS was facing their biggest failure ever, this might be the year. This might be the year, 2010, that we might look back and say "this is the year the BCS realized how bad it really was."
Every week, this argument continues every Monday morning with us college football fans. The one we have around the water coolers.
We talk about the teams that could be there and we talk about the teams that don't deserve to be there. But, in between all of that, are the teams that continue to lose that make us raise our eyebrows. It makes us wonder just how far off we are from a playoff system.
If this weekend was any sign of things to come, than we're closer than any of us think.
The losses that took place this weekend, and I won't name them now because that would be ruining the fun we have together every Saturday, shook up the BCS more than they hoped would happen. The team they wanted to win, lost, and the team that they wanted to lose, won.
Here are 10 things that shook up the BCS on this particular Saturday.
10. Nebraska's Overtime Win Over Iowa State
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Nebraska didn't do themselves any favors by needing overtime to knock off Iowa State.
A 31-30 win tonight isn't going to push them up any closer to the BCS title game. In fact, it wouldn't shock me if they lost ground come Sunday night.
9. NC State Could Be Out of The Polls
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Last week, with NC State in the BCS poll, I questioned why they were there in the first place. I don't have anything against the Wolfpack, I just didn't think they were good enough to be where they were.
Seems they proved me right.
They went to Clemson and dropped a 14-13 decision to the Tigers. Come Sunday night, we won't see the Wolfpack in the top 25.
8. Arkansas Could Move Up With Their Win
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When a team knocks off Alabama, people remember it. But when you're the team that knocks off the team that knocked off Alabama and do it on the road, it's remembered as well.
That's exactly what Arkansas did when they put up a 21-point win at South Carolina, 41-20.
With losses in front of them, you can be sure the Razorbacks are going to make a move in the polls.
7. Oklahoma Forgot To Show Up
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Does anyone remember when Oklahoma was the first team to be ranked number one in the very first BCS poll?
Ok, do you remember how many people were severely confused by that?
Apparently Oklahoma showed why we were all wondering about that after a 33-19 throttling by Texas A&M.
6. Stanford Proving They're Top 10
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Their lone loss, so far, is to top ranked Oregon. After that, they haven't really been challenged.
After a dominating win over Arizona at home, a top 10 seat seems to be in order for the Cardinal. With losses in front of them, and a few around them, they're due for an invitation to cool kids table.
5. Boise State's Blowout Of Hawaii
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There was a story that came out in the Hawaii Star Advertiser that said a Boise State "spy" was trying to film the Hawaii practice at a local high school.
The article went on to say that one of the Hawaii coaches "chased him away." Oh how the truth can come back to bite you in the butt.
That "spy" turned out to be a Fox 12 Boise camera man and the "chase" never took place.
Hawaii tried to use this as "bulletin board material" but it turned out that Boise State used the "untruth" instead and blew the Warriors off the field, 42-7.
How does that affect the BCS? You'll find that out later.
4. Missouri Loses, Again
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We all knew this was going to be a tough stretch for Missouri. Back-to-back road games at Nebraska and Texas Tech would be tough on anyone.
However, this isn't a Missouri team that wasn't any where near a top 10 team and they've proved that in both of those games.
After getting beaten 31-17 by Nebraska, they went to Lubbock and lost there too, 24-17.
While they may not be out of the top 25, they'll definitely do the teams behind them a favor.
3. TCU Throws a Beating on Utah
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TCU headed to Utah with a huge chip on their shoulder. They wanted to prove that they were better than people said they were. They wanted to show they were more than just another mid-major team.
College Gameday was on hand for what turned out to be a severe beating thrown down by TCU in a 47-7 win over the previously unbeaten Utah Utes.
If you don't think TCU is for real, you might want to think again.
2. Auburn, Oregon Will Hold The High Ground
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Over the last four weeks, the top teams in the country have succumb to a jinx. But, this week, Oregon showed what a number one team is supposed to do as they made easy work Washington as well as scoring above 50 points for the sixth time this season.
They gave the Washington Huskies a rude welcoming to the tune of a 53-16 blowout.
The team just behind them, the Auburn Tigers, have been dealing with drama surrounding quarterback Cam Newton and illegal benefits.
While, honestly, I haven't read up on it enough to speak on it, I do know that any kind of drama surrounding their star player would affect just about any team.
Luckily, they faced Chatanooga so it wasn't exactly Alabama.
A 48-point first half led Auburn to a 62-24 win.
The top two teams in the country will live to fight another day.
1. Alabama Lost Their Shot at The BCS Title
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An Alabama win would mean a jump in the polls, possibly in front of Boise State and maybe TCU.
However, that win never came as LSU kept their home field advantage with a 24-21 win over the Crimson Tide.
You remember how I mentioned what a win for Boise State would do for the BCS, or against it as the case may be, it means they won't get jumped and they can send a thank you card to LSU.