2011 BCS Rankings: West Virginia Mountaineers in Top 20

Scott Pauley@scott.pauleyAnalyst IOctober 12, 2011

COLLEGE PARK, MD - SEPTEMBER 17:  Stedman Bailey #3 of the West Virginia Mountaineers celebrates after defeating the Maryland Terrapins at Byrd Stadium on September 17, 2011 in College Park, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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We are midway through the season, which means only one thing. 

OK, it means a lot of things. 

However, one of the most important things is that the BCS rankings will be announced on Sunday afternoon.

This is the time of the year that most college football fans eagerly await.

Most want to know where their favorite teams will be ranked. Others wish to see their least favorite teams left out.

One team that will definitely be included in the BCS rankings is the Mountaineers of West Virginia.

WVU should be rated in the Top 20.

If the rankings were released today the Mountaineers would probably be No. 19. 

However, there is one week of play remaining before the rankings are released.

Because the BCS rankings are a compilation of computer rankings and two polls—Harris Interactive and USA Today Coaches—one must look at all of these to get an idea of what’s to come.

West Virginia is currently ranked 16th in both the coaches' poll and the Harris Interactive Poll.

With the Mountaineers enjoying a bye week, we will look at some of the other teams that are ranked in the USA Today Coaches' Poll to get an idea of just where the ‘Eers will be—come Sunday.

Most teams that are ranked above WVU will win this weekend. 

There are a few games that could cause a shake-up in the BCS’s first poll.

The first would be No. 7 Oklahoma State who takes on No. 22 Texas.  With the showing the Longhorns made last week, this one should go to OSU.

No. 9 Oregon goes up against 18th rated Arizona State but should come out with the win.

This weekend will also give us Michigan versus Michigan State. 

The Wolverines are ranked 11 and the Spartans 23. 

This has always been a great rivalry game, no matter what the rankings. This game is going to be four quarters long.

Ron Zook has finally managed to get Illinois back on track. 

This week the Illini will host Ohio State. 

Although the Buckeyes haven’t been too impressive so far, they could very well play the upset role in Champaign on Saturday.

With a couple upsets lingering, the Mountaineers have a chance to move up a spot or two in the coaches’ poll as well as the Harris Interactive Poll.

A move up of more than three spots would ensure that West Virginia will be in the Top 15 of the BCS rankings, when they are initially released.

The way it looks right now, plan to see WVU enter the championship poll at or near No. 16.

Once the computer rankings are added and the coaches have their say, West Virginia will not get a fair shake.

But, at least it’s a shake.


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