BCS Standings 2011: The MVP of All 25 BCS Teams so Far

William PenfieldCorrespondent IIOctober 17, 2011

BCS Standings 2011: The MVP of All 25 BCS Teams so Far

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    Sunday night marked the release of the first BCS rankings of the 2011 college football season. 

    Seemingly meaningless, as there is a lot of football left to play, 25 teams will be ranked according to the crazy BCS formula taking into account the Harris Poll, the USA Today Poll and six different computer rankings.

    Each of the 25 teams has a player that is a big reason as to why they are part of the BCS rankings.

    Here is the MVP of each of the 25 BCS teams.

No. 25 Washington Huskies: Keith Price

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    The Washington Huskies have opened up the 2011 with a record of 6-1 behind the arm of sophomore Keith Price.

    Price has put up great numbers so far with 1466 yards and 21 touchdowns to just four interceptions. 

    We will get to see what Price is made of when the Huskies head to Paolo Alto to face off against the Stanford Cardinal next Saturday. 

No. 24 Texas Longhorns: Fozzy Whittaker

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    After starting the season 4-0, the Texas Longhorns have lost two in a row without many playmakers on the team.

    But one guy who can provide a spark for the Longhorns is Fozzy Whittaker.

    He has already returned two kicks for touchdowns and also has rushed for 220 yards and four touchdowns.

    On an otherwise stagnant Longhorn offense, Whittaker can take the ball to the house any time he touches the ball.

No. 23 Illinois Fighting Illini: Nathan Scheelhaase

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    The Illinois Fighting Illini have had one of the best starts in recent history at 6-1 led by sophomore quarterback, Nathan Scheelhaase.

    Scheelhaase has tossed for 1238 yards and 10 touchdowns to just three interceptions.

    Despite not putting up gaudy numbers, Scheelhaase has gotten the job done for the Fighting Illini thus far in 2011 and has them in a great position in the Big Ten. 

No. 22 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets: Orwin Smith and David Sims

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    The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets' triple option attack features a two headed monster at running back that provides one of the best rushing games in the ACC.

    Both Orwin Smith and David Sims have rushed for over 400 yards on the season and combined for 11 touchdowns. 

    As a team, they have the second best rushing attack in the country, averaging 347.9 yards per game, and Smith and Sims are the focal point. 

No. 21 Penn State Nittany Lions: The Defense

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    The Penn State Nittany Lions have quietly put together a good 6-1 start in the Big Ten conference in 2011.

    Behind the play of their defense, they have started conference play 3-0, knocking off Indiana, Iowa and Purdue.

    Defensively, they are sixth in the nation in points against, allowing just 11.6 points per game.

    They have only allowed more than 20 points once and that was to the No. 2 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide. 

No. 20 Auburn Tigers: Michael Dyer

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    With shaky play at the quarterback position for the defending National Champions, Michael Dyer has been consistent and kept the offense going. 

    He has carried the ball 147 times for 752 yards and eight touchdowns in the Auburn Tigers' seven games thus far.

    Dyer has been the rock for the offense when the quarterback is struggling and they would probably have a few more losses without him. 

No. 19 Houston Cougars: Case Keenum

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    With the No. 1 ranked passing offense in the country it is only natural that Houston's quarterback is their MVP.

    Case Keenum has already passed for 2,309 yards and 17 touchdowns in just six games.

    Without much of a running game, the Cougars would be lost without the contributions of Keenum. 

No. 18 Michigan Wolverines: Denard Robinson

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    Despite an off game in the loss against Michigan State, there is no doubt that the MVP of the Michigan Wolverines is Denard Robinson.

    Robinson can do it all as he has thrown for over 1,200 yards and rushed for over 700, with 20 total touchdowns.

    He does make some mistakes, with 10 interceptions on the season but the spark he brings to the team is like no other. 

No. 17 Texas A&M Aggies: Ryan Tannehill

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    The Texas A&M Aggies have been in some shootouts this season and thanks to Ryan Tannehil's arm, they have come out on top in most.

    Tannehill has passed for over 1,700 yards with 13 touchdowns to six interceptions.

    To avoid the third loss of the season, Tannehill came up huge against the high-powered Baylor Bears with 415 yards and six touchdowns.

    The Aggies aren't where they are without Tannehill, simple and plain. 

No. 16 Michigan State Spartans: Isaiah Lewis

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    The Michigan State Spartans are fourth in the country in points against, allowing just 10.8 points per game; it is only natural there MVP is a defensive player. 

    Isaiah Lewis has intercepted three passes this season, returning two of them for a score. 

    He is also fourth on the team in tackles with 31. 

    The award really could go to the entire defense but Lewis deserves recognition for his superb play thus far. 

No. 15 West Virginia: Geno Smith

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    The 5-1 West Virginia Mountaineers have themselves a good quarterback in Geno Smith, who could lead them to a BCS Bowl in 2011.

    Smith has played outstanding for the Mountaineers this season with just three interceptions to 16 touchdowns.

    He was able to put up 463 yards through the air against the mighty LSU Tigers defense, showing how good he really is.

No. 14 South Carolina Gamecocks: Marcus Lattimore

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    Marcus Lattimore was a Heisman Trophy hopeful before he went down with a knee injury on Saturday against Mississippi State that will keep him out for the rest of the season.

    With an ineffective quarterback, Lattimore had to carry the Gamecock offense in many games.

    Against Navy in September, he ran for 246 yards and three touchdowns in a 24-21 victory.

    The Gamecocks will find it difficult to win games down the stretch without the services of Lattimore. 

No. 13 Nebraska Cornhuskers: Rex Burkhead

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    Taylor Martinez has been too inconsistent to be Nebraska's MVP so the honor goes to Rex Burkhead.

    Burkhead has rushed for 635 yards on 107 carries with nine touchdowns for the Cornhuskers.

    He has been the man the Huskers go to when Martinez is struggling through the air. 

No. 12 Virginia Tech: David Wilson

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    David Wilson has surpassed the 100 yard mark on the ground in every game except one this season for the Virgina Tech Hokies.

    He is averaging 6.1 yards per carry with 903 yards on the ground and six touchdowns.

    Wilson has been a nice complement to the sophomore quarterback, Logan Thomas, for the Hokies as they look to win the ACC.

No. 11 Kansas State Wildcats: Collin Klein

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    The dual-threat quarterback for the Kansas State Wildcats is the main reason to why they have yet to lose a game so far in 2011.

    Collin Klein has thrown for seven touchdowns and 739 yards and ran for 10 touchdowns and 578 yards.

    Klein is the driving force behind Bill Snyder's rejuvenation of Kansas State football. 

No. 10 Oregon Ducks: LaMichael James

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    Even with missing this weekend's game, LaMichael James has racked up 852 yards and eight touchdowns.

    Probably the most impressive stat of James' season is the three straight games with 200+ rushing yards, including one game with 288.

    The Ducks will miss James despite running all over Arizona State on Saturday night, as he is the best back in the nation and is irreplaceable. 

No. 9 Arkansas Razorbacks: Tyler Wilson

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    Despite a few shaky moments, Tyler Wilson has been able to lead the Arkansas Razorbacks to a 5-1 record with the only loss coming to the Alabama Crimson Tide. 

    He doesn't have gaudy numbers but has thrown only three interceptions to twelve touchdowns.

    The signature moment for Wilson came in a comeback win against Texas A&M in which he threw for 510 yards and three touchdowns. 

No. 8 Stanford Cardinal: Andrew Luck

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    Probably the best player in college football, Andrew Luck is the obvious choice for MVP of the Stanford Cardinal.

    He is completing 71.3 percent of his passes on the season and has just three interceptions to 18 touchdown passes.

    Luck is the odds on favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick in April at the NFL Draft, and could very well walk away with the Heisman Trophy as well. 

No. 7 Clemson Tigers: Tajh Boyd

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    The choice here could go to anyone of the three offensive stars on the Clemson Tigers, but we will give it to the leader of the offense, Tajh Boyd.

    Just a sophomore, Boyd has stepped up big time this year for the Tigers and made them a legitimate player in college football. 

    He has thrown just three interceptions to 19 touchdowns and has three on the ground as well.

    With help from Andre Ellington and Sammy Watkins, Boyd leads one of the most dynamic offenses in college football. 

No. 6 Wiconsin Badgers: Russell Wilson

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    The North Carolina State transfer, Russell Wilson is probably the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy at this point in the 2011 season.

    He has done it all for the Wisconsin Badgers, throwing 14 touchdowns to just one interception and two touchdowns on the ground. On Saturday, Wilson even caught a touchdown pass.

    Wilson could very well lead the Badgers to a BCS National Championship if all the cards fall right as it seems they are far and away the best team in the Big Ten. 

No. 5 Boise State Broncos: Kellen Moore

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    Kellen Moore has been nothing but a stud since taking the reins of the Boise State offense.

    So far in 2011, Moore has tossed for 21 touchdowns and just four interceptions. He is completing 75.9 percent of his passes.

    It would be nice to see Moore play against some tougher competition, but you can't take away his accomplishments, as he is a great college quarterback. 

No. 4 Oklahoma State Cowboys: Justin Blackmon

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    Brandon Weeden could be the choice here, but without Justin Blackmon, Weeden probably wouldn't have the numbers he does.

    Blackmon is an absolute beast and could play in the NFL today.

    He hasn't gone a game this season with less than seven receptions, and also has seven touchdowns to go along with 608 yards.

No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners: Landry Jones

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    Another Heisman Trophy candidate, Landry Jones has been terrific for the Oklahoma Sooners with 16 touchdowns in just six games.

    Jones also has thrown for over 2000 yards and is completing 67.7 percent of his passes on the season. 

    Don't be surprised if Jones is in New York at season's end for the Heisman Trophy presentation. 

No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide: Trent Richardson

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    Arguably the Heisman Trophy favorite, Trent Richardson has been a stud for the Alabama Crimson Tide in 2011. 

    He is averaging 6.9 yards per carry and has totaled 912 yards on the ground to go with 15, yes 15, touchdowns in just seven games.

    Richardson's production has be valuable to AJ McCarron as well, taking a lot of the pressure off of the first year QB.

No. 1 LSU Tigers: The Defense

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    The choice here could be Jarrett Lee as he has managed each win flawlessly, but the true MVP of the LSU Tigers is the defense. 

    They have allowed over 20 points just twice all season and are seventh in the country in points against, allowing just 11.7 points per game. 

    Defensively, the Tigers are probably the most intimidating team in the country, and they could very well ride their defense to a BCS National Championship.