BCS Standings 2011: Does No. 1 in Mid-October Mean No. 1 in January?

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BCS Standings 2011: Does No. 1 in Mid-October Mean No. 1 in January?
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The Auburn Tigers: 2010 National Champions

It's official and it's October and the BCS hype is in full chatter mode.

Sunday nights in TV land will be forever changed until the week after the New Year.  That’s when the rights to the BCS No. 1 ranking will be officially earned and the stadium lights will shut down until next season.

In this land where the leaves are a’changin' color, how accurate are these mid-October rankings in predicting the final winner?  

With pen in hand, we’ve tackled the challenge.  Our research reveals a few surprises.  There are years when the national champion was indeed among one of the top five in the October standings.  And there are other times when a fall BCS ranking doesn't amount to an official's tote filled with bean bags.

Settle back in your recliner and peruse the history books with us...

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