The first BCS Poll will be released on October 16, 2011. Subsequently, the poll will be published each and every week for the following eight weeks.
There is no point in trying to explain in this brief space just how the gurus arrive at their rankings. Suffice it to say that the BCS weekly poll is based on a combination of the ranking of other polls, plus some complicated computer calculations.
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The BCS is the definitive poll whose ranking will ultimately determine which NCAA college football team is the best in the nation at the end of the season. That is all fans and pundits really want to know.
In 2010, Auburn found its way to the top, ending the season as the No. 1 ranked team.
During the week of October 17, when the first 2010 BCS Poll was published, Auburn was ranked No. 4 while Oklahoma was ranked No. 1, Oregon No. 2 and Boise State No. 3.
There were 10 undefeated teams in the BCS top 25 during the first poll of 2010.
By season’s end, former No. 1 Oklahoma had slipped to No. 7, Oregon retained its No. 2 spot and Boise State had fallen to No. 10.
On the other hand, TCU had risen to No. 3 while Stanford leapfrogged to No. 4.
Nothing spells success more quickly in the BCS than not losing.
The coaches preseason poll released last week listed Oklahoma as the No. 1 team followed by (2) Alabama, (3) Oregon, (4) LSU and (5) Florida State.
When the BCS releases their first poll on October 16, 2011, their intitial top five will be undefeated. The SEC dominance at the top of the poll will be significant.
Here is how the BCS poll will look upon its launch.